Messi Masterclass Sees Him Close In On Ronaldo’s UCL Record
Lionel Messi Masterclass Sees Him Close In On Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League Record
FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi produced a top-class performance against Juventus on Tuesday night, which has seen him draw nearer Cristiano Ronaldo's record number of UEFA Champions League goals.
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The 30-year-old was on fire in his side's opening 2017/18 UCL encounter on Tuesday, playing a hand in all Barca's goals in their 3-0 victory.
Messi opened the scoring just before half-time, finding the back of the net with a neat finish after playing a one-two with Luis Suarez on the edge of the Juve box.
Barca doubled their lead in the 56th minute through midfielder Ivan Rakitic, following a superb run into the box from the Argentine, whose shot was deflected into the Croatian's path.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner scored Barca's third just 10 minutes later, when he struck the ball fiercely past Gianluigi Buffon – a goalkeeper he had never scored past before Tuesday's Group D match.
Messi has now scored 96 goals in 116 games in Europe's biggest club competition, drawing him closer to Real Madrid talisman Ronaldo's tally of 105 strikes, which the Portuguese has achieved in 140 matches.
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