"They created lots of chances".
Messi, as he has been for much of the last decade, was the architect of Barca's latest success, opening the scoring with his 106th Champions League goal - the most by any player at one club in the competition.
Back in a role which must have felt a little unfamiliar at the start, it took time for Messi to find his way into the game, which also meant it took time for Barca to find theirs.
Messi's milestone goal was typically brilliant, the 31-year-old exhibiting close control in a crowded box before rifling past Jeroen Zoet.
Both Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic were guilty of some terrible passes early on that could have got the Catalans into trouble.
PSV had a lifeline in the 83rd minute, however, when De Jong headed an Angelino cross into the bottom corner to continue his excellent run of form.
At the time Ronaldo was four goals behind the Argentinian, but in the four years since he has stormed ahead by adding 51 more goals to his tally, while Messi has "slowed down" and "only" scored 32 in that time.
Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo, left, runs to congratulate Barcelona forward Lionel Messi who scored his side's first goal during a Group B Champions League soccer match between PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona at the Philips stadium in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018.
Zoet had to keep out a powerful Messi strike early in the second period as Barcelona started on the front foot.
Tottenham kept their hopes of a top-two finish alive as they edged past Inter Milan 1-0.