Suarez best in the world for former boss Rodgers

All it had to do was reunite its trio of superstars.

Former Liverpool striker Suarez scored the final two goals after earlier laying on an assist for Messi, who scored a record sixth hat-trick in the tournament and teed up his Uruguayan team-mate's second strike.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hailed hat-trick hero Lionel Messi as the greatest player in the world "in every position" after the Argentine maestro sent another record tumbling in a thumping 7-0 Champions League win over Celtic.

"Once we started to get a bit of belief and confidence to pass the ball we started to create opportunities".

Messi opened the scoring with a wonderful drive into the top-right corner from inside the box, then added a second following some attractive link-up play with Neymar, before sealing a hat-trick from close range.

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Neymar made it three with a free-kick shortly after the restart and after Andres Iniesta got the fourth, Messi completed his treble and Luis Suarez netted a double too.

Meanwhile in Group B, Bayern Munich showed Champions League debutant Rostov what life is like among the big boys of Europe with a 5-0 drubbing begun by Robert Lewandowski's penalty and Thomas Mueller's shot in the first half. The shared 131 goals last season, with Suarez leading with 59. There are lots of things to learn for our players. The players had fun, and that allowed the Barça supporters to have fun. He will be hoping to win the World Cup, Copa America as well as lead his club to more domestic titles.

Boss Brendan Rodgers insists Celtic's season will not be derailed by the 7-0 Champions League thrashing they suffered at the hands of Barcelona on Tuesday night. "Professionally it is never nice when this happens", said Rodgers. "The speed of the pitch is fantastic, the ball moves like it is on an ice-rink, it goes so fast - and they go as fast as that", he said. "We have had a brilliant start to the season and this won't hamper us in any way, you will always take the positives from it".

"There can be no embarrassment because they do that to better teams than ourselves, (but) it's obviously a disappointment", Rodgers said. Of course, you can say we faced the best attacking players in the world, but to let in five goals in the second half wasn't good. You can put as many players as you want there - we had a line of five - but the movement, the speed and the touch can still make it very hard for you.

  • Lawrence Cooper