Lionel Messi breaks Champions League goals record against APOEL

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Lionel Messi became the all-time top scorer in Champions League this evening, scoring Barcelona's second goal in their group game against Cypriot outfit APOEL.

The Argentinian ace now has 72 goals to his name in Europe's leading club competition, moving him one ahead of Real Madrid striker Raul, the previous record holder. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 70 goals, and will have his chance to grab the record for himself tomorrow against Basel.


The 27-year-old jabbed home from close range to make history, pouncing on a deflected Rafinha shot. He achieved the feat in double quick time too, taking just 91 games to break the record. Raul by comparison, took 142 games to set the previous best tally. Ronaldo has played 102 games in the Champions League for his 70 strikes.

Earlier on in the game Luis Suarez scored his first goal for Barcelona since his summer move, his first since 2010 during his time with Ajax. The Uruguayan finished expertly from inside the box, but it was Messi who stole the show.

La Liga

Messi's record-breaking goal comes after he made history in La Liga by breaking the Telmo Zarra's record of 251 league goals with a superb hat-trick against Sevilla on Saturday.

With the win over APOEL, Barcelona remain in the hunt for top spot alongside Paris Saint-Germain, with Ajax well out of the picture already. 

Check out the moment Messi made history yet again below!

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