Champions League: Lionel Messi breaks goalscoring record

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(CNN)– Another day, another record broken.

Lionel Messi must sometimes wonder what all the fuss is about but to

those in the outside world who remain permanently entranced by the

genius contained within his feet, it was another opportunity to

unleash a barrage of superlatives towards a football phenomenon.

Just days after breaking the record for the top scorer in Spanish

football history, Messi went one further, establishing himself as the

leading marksman in the history of the European Champions League.

Messi scored a hat-trick for Barcelona in its 4-0 victory against

Apoel Nicosia in Cyprus on Wednesday to take his tally to 74 goals in

91 appearances.

Raul, who scored 71 goals in 142 appearances, was unlikely to hold

onto his record for much longer with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

rewriting the history books.

Messi,who began the night level with Raul, required 38 minutes to

break the record before adding a couple more for good measure later


He now sits three clear of Ronaldo, who will hope to feature for Real

against Swiss side Basel on Wednesday night.

It is easy to forget that Messi is only 27. This latest landmark is

just one in a number which he has reached in recent years.

The Barcelona forward, whose future at the club has come under some

question in recent weeks, hit the headlines last weekend by scoring a

hat-trick in the 5-1 win over Sevilla.

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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