Lionel Messi ties Raul's Champions League goalscoring record

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi equalled Raul's Champions League goalscoring record with his 70th and 71st goals in the competition in Barca's 2-0 win over Ajax in Holland on Wednesday evening.

Messi's two goal haul pulled him level with the Real Madrid legend on 71 goals, a total reached in just 90 Champions League appearances. For comparison, Raul took 144 matches to score 71 times.

The historic feat also means Messi beat rival Cristiano Ronaldo to the mark, as Ronaldo is currently on 70 goals after failing to find the net against Liverpool on Tuesday evening.

Messi now has the edge on Ronaldo when it comes to passing the figure outright, as both surely will before the Champions League reaches this year's knockout round.

What else can I say? He's the best in history - Xavi, Barcelona

While Messi has taken 90 matches to reach 71 goals, Ronaldo is currently on 70 goals in 107 games.

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Xavi said after the match: "What else can I say? He's the best in history."

The 2-0 win puts Barca on nine points in Group F, although the Spanish giants are still a point behind Paris Saint Germain after the Parisians beat Apoel Nicosia 1-0 in France.

The result is a positive one for Barcelona after a difficult week. The El Clasico defeat at the Bernabeu was followed up by a shocking 1-0 loss at home to Celta Vigo in La Liga.


Luis Enrique continues to leave Gerard Pique on the sidelines, sparking speculation that the Spain defender could leave the club in the January transfer window.

He is still also looking for his best combination with Luis Suarez, Messi and Neymar. The Uruguayan international has been thrust out onto the right wing in recent games, but this is not his best position and the three need more game time to work on the chemistry.

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