Messi sets new Champions League record in style

Lionel Messi continued his one man demolition of football’s records last night by becoming the all-time Champions League leading goal scorer – by netting a hat trick, the BBC is reporting.

The Barcelona star claimed the record last night by nothing three goals during the club’s 4-0 win over Apoel Nicosa, tacking his tally to 74 in the competition.

Messi went into the night level on 71 goals with Real Madrid legend Raul and thanks to his glut now has the record in just 91 appearances in the competition.

It was his second record in just four days having also bagged his 253rd goal in La Liga to become the Spanish league’s all-time leading scorer – sealed with a hat trick again, this time against Sevilla.

Last night’s goals were his 28th trio for Barcelona and his fifth in the Champions League.

Messi has concord an incredible 13 records during his career to date – including most goals in a calendar year (91), most goals in a season (73), most Ballon D’or wins (4) and most La Liga hat tricks in one season (8).

However Messi will have to keep up his goal scoring record in the competition if he is to stay ahead of fellow giant Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portugal winger will line up for Madrid tonight against Basel sitting on 70 Champions League goals and will surely be aiming to take the crown away from the 27-year-old.

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