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Lionel Messi Breaks Yet Another Champions League Record

The man may not be too chuffed at the moment, but even at his most miserable, Lionel Messi can’t help but break records.

The 33-year-old endured a turbulent summer and even looked set to leave Catalan giants Barcelona after growing disenchanted with the club which helped put him on the map over 15 years ago. He stayed put though and has rejoined the group as they usher in the new Ronald Koeman era.

And he blessed their return to Champions League action with another record-breaking display. Messi broke the deadlock in the opening group match of the competition against Ferencvaros from the penalty spot, and in doing so became the first player to score in 16 consecutive Champions League campaigns.

In reaching this impressive feat, the Argentinian superstar has also become only the second player to score in 16 separate campaigns, joining Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs in this particular hall of fame.

The Welshman did not achieve these figures in successive competitions though, meaning Messi stands alone at the top of this particular Champions league record. The Barça star began his scoring mission back in the 2005/06 season, in a 5-0 hammering of Panathinaikos in November.

Since that moment, he has gone on to win four Champions League trophies, scoring 114 goals in that time.

It appeared that Messi would not get the opportunity to break this record in Catalonia over the summer after la Blaugrana suffered a humiliating 8-2 defeat to eventual winners Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.

This was the final straw for the forward, who demanded to leave the club. He was forced to stay and see out the rest of his contract however, meaning he remains in the famous blue and red jersey – for now.

The Barcelona legend helped his side on their way to a 5-1 victory on Tuesday night, with youngsters Ansu Fati and Pedri also getting on the scoresheet. The more experienced Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele added to the scoreline, although the result was tainted by Gerard Pique conceding a penalty and receiving a red card, meaning he’ll miss their next European clash with Juventus.

Joseph

Joseph Asare, a freelance journalist, a blogger and loves the internet

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