By scoring a hat-trick against Apoel Nicosia, mesmerizing Lionel Messi became the all-time top scorer in the Champions League. This was his 28th hat-trick while playing for Barcelona and 5th in the Champions League. Argentina’s striker Messi now has kicked-off 74 goals in 91 appearances in the Champions League. He passed off Real Madrid forward Raul, who hit 71 goals in 142 games.
New sign off and sensational, Luis Suarez opened the firing for Barcelona with his first goal in 27th minute. From there Messi took the charge when he turned Rafinha’s shot past the keeper in 38th-minute. Messi scored his second goal with a low right-foot in the 58th minute. In the 87th minute of the game, Messi scored hat-trick goal. With Messi’s phenomenal play, Barcelona defeated Apoel Nicosia by 4-0. Messi made his second major record in four days, having netted a landmark of top-flight goal with a three consecutive goals against Sevilla on Saturday.
27-year old Messi said, “I am happy for having achieved such a nice record in a competition of this importance. But the really relevant thing is that we took the three points. Barcelona played a great match.” Luis Enrique, former Spain midfielder and Manager of Barcelona praised Messi’s latest remarkable performance and said, “I’ll say it again: He’s the best ever in this game”. He also spoke about Luis Suárez: “His goal is a side note because it was coming sooner or later. He brings us a lot more than goals.” Barcelona had already proved their capability for the knockout stages. Enrique’s team are at second position in their group with one game left.
Messi also obtained some records previously that is listed below: –
- Champions League top scorer (74 goals).
- Barcelona’s top goalscorer (368 goals).
- Most goals in a season (73 goals).
- Most Ballon d’Or titles (Golden Ball) in FIFA as he got this four times in his career.
- Most European Cup top scorer award (4 times) jointly with Gerd Muller.
- Most La Liga hat-tricks in a season as he scored eight hat-tricks in the season.
- Most goals in a calendar year (91 goals).
- La Liga top scorer (253 goals).
- Most goals in a La Liga season (50 goals).
- Most consecutive La Liga matches scored goals in (21 games).
- Most goals in a single European Cup game (5 goals) joint with Luiz Adriano.
- Most goals in Clasicos (21 goals).
- Most goals in Club World Cup (four goals) held jointly with Denilson.