Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi can create even more history on Wednesday evening against Celtic but surpassing the 103-year-old record set by former Chelsea and Tottenham striker Vivian John Woodward.
Messi has scored 22 goals in international competition for Barcelona and Argentina in 2012, and a hat-trick versus Celtic would draw the 25-year-old level with Woodward's calendar year record.
Woodward found the net on 25 occasions during 1909 for Tottenham, Chelsea - who he joined later that year - and England in international competitions, and his record still stands over a century later.
Messi is currently level with Iranian Alai Daei, Brazilian legend Ronaldo - who managed the feat in 1997 - and Oman international Hami Al-Noubi, it is surely destined to eclipse them and Woodward soon enough.
At least one goal against Celtic would seem a straightforward proposition for Messi, but Barcelona struggled in their last meeting with the Bhoys - during which the Argentina failed to score.
A goal from Jordi Alba with virtually the last kick of the game at the Camp Nou to secure a 2-1 victory for Barcelona in the Champions League, although Barcelona travel to Glasgow safe in the knowledge they have the tools to dismantle Celtic.
Three goals for Messi sees him equal Woodward, four goals takes him to new heights, while a single strike will hold a particular significance for Barcelona's No.10.
Messi has yet to score since the birth of his son Thiago last Friday, and will dedicate a goal against Celtic to the 'new Messi'.
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