Lionel Messi scores twice to equal record
Lionel Messi drew level with Raul’s all-time Champions League record of 71 goals after scoring twice in Barcelona’s 2-0 victory against Ajax. Argentina international Messi scored in the 36th minute with a soft header after Ajax failed to clear a free kick.
His 71st goal in the competition came after he linked with substitute Pedro in the 76th minute as Barcelona qualified for the last 16.
Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain and Porto join Barca in the next round.
Champions League record scorers
|Lionel Messi||71 goals||90 games|
|Raul||71 goals||142 games|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||70 goals||107 games|
|Ruud van Nistelrooy||56 goals||73 games|
|Thierry Henry||50 goals||112 games|
Messi has now surpassed Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 70, in the list of Champions League top scorers.
“Messi is without doubt the best player I’ve seen as a player and a coach,” said Barca manager Luis Enrique.
While it took Raul 142 Champions League outings to score his 71 goals, Messi’s appearance against Ajax was his 90th in the competition.
Ronaldo, who started and ended Real’s 1-0 win against Liverpool on Tuesday on 70 goals, has featured in the tournament 107 times.
Ajax, who are left to battle it out with Apoel Nicosia in Group F for third spot and a place in the Europa League, finished with 10 men against Barcelona after defender Joel Veltman was sent off for two yellow cards.