“Messi is a phenomenon. He does incredible things with the ball at his feet.”
Donis (coach APOEL)
I believe congratulations are in order.
Lionel Messi became the top scorer of the Champions League with 74 goals and it only took him 91 games to get there.
Fresh from becoming the top scorer of the La Liga over the weekend with a hat trick, Lionel Messi went and shatter the CL top scorer record with a hat trick last evening in Cyprus against APOEL.
APOEL walked with their bus and although they fought well defensively, they were bound to get done in for. In the 27′ Suarez took a pass from Alba and right footed home his first competitive goal for Barςa. In the 38′ Rafinha tried his luck at goal, but somehow, Leo got on the end of that and turned it pass the goalie for his first right-footed goal of the night.
Leo struck goal again in the 58′ after Alves played him an incisive pass. It was another right-footed goal. Leo’s 3rd right-footed goal came in the 87′ when Pedro cut the ball back for him.
What can I say about Messi? The man breaks records set by legends and he is rewriting the history books one goal at a time. Atta Leo!
STAT ATTACK! via @
^ Lionel Messi completed more passes in the final third vs APOEL (46) than any other player has in a CL match this season
^ Lionel Messi is the first left-footed player ever to score a right-footed hat-trick in the Champions League
^ Messi has now scored 52 goals and given 21 assists for club and country in the year 2014
^ Leo has now scored the MOST hat tricks in the CL:
^ Messi is first ever to score 7+ CL goals in 7 consecutive seasons in a row. No other player did it in 4 seasons in a row
After the match Urko (former FCB product) tweeted: “Congrats, Leo. I didn’t want it to happen tonight, but you’re brilliant, on and off the pitch.”
Leo Facebook’ed: “We will keep trying our hardest to work towards it. A hug for everyone.”