'Record Barca, Total Messi': Catalan press cannot stop lavishing praise on the team
- Mundo Deportivo celebrate the Catalans' best start of the season in almost 50 years
- Diario Sport: 'Champions League is Messi's territory'
Barcelona beat PSV 4-0 in their Champions League opener on Tuesday afternoon, however, the Catalan press cannot stop praising their heroes, especially Leo Messi who is backed by the local media to finally win his much-desired 5th UCL title.
Meanwhile in Barcelona it’s “Total Messi” for SPORT who say Leo is “focused only on Barça, a leader on the field and captain in the dressing room” and MD say Messi & Dembélé are responsible for the team’s best start since 1960. pic.twitter.com/fwpFAfoBn4— The Spanish Football Podcast (@tsf_podcast) September 20, 2018
The Argentine's records and growth as a team leader, the Blaugrana's perfect start of the season - everything is on the front pages of the two main Catalan newspapers: Mundo Deportivo and Diario Sport.
Mundo Deportivo: 'Record Barca'
Another Blaugrana incredible record is celebrated: the Catalans have started the 2018/2019 season with seven wins in all competitions, an incredible feat.
The headline read: 'Messi and Dembele plugged in! Cules enjoy the best start of the season since 1960.'
Another talking point is Leo Messi's incredible best as the Argentine has now scored in his 14th Champions League season in a row. The headline continues: 'Messi is the one: nets in his 14th consecutive UCL season'.
14 - Lionel Messi is the second player in the Champions League history to score in 14 consecutive seasons, after Raul Gonzalez. Infallible. pic.twitter.com/BxHDYmmVnN— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 18, 2018
Diario Sport: 'Messi total!'
'Champions League is Messi's territory', as the other Barcelona-based newspaper puts it. We are reminded that he has won this tournament four times, scored total 103 goals in 14 seasons straight, including a record number of EIGHT hat-tricks. Finally, PSV became the Argentine's 30th UCL victim.
PSV are Lionel Messi's 30th different victim in the Champions League ? pic.twitter.com/VH64M0jc1x— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 18, 2018
The headline continues with even more praise heaped on the Argentine: 'Focused only at Barca, the leader at the pitch and captain in the dressing room, Messi pursuits the most memorable year in his Blaugrana career. He has never been more valuable in the team who are playing as lethal as ever.'