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Messi Beats Ronaldo To UCL Record

Lionel Messi was the Man of the Match in FC Barcelona's 7-0 rout of Celtic on Tuesday night, and also beat his longstanding rival Cristiano Ronaldo to another record.

Read: Barca's 2016/17 Wages Leaked?

The Argentine scored a hat-trick as Barcelona thumped the Scottish champions at the Camp Nou. It was his sixth treble in the Champions League, more than any other player in history and a new competition record.

Messi beat Ronaldo to the record, with the Portuguese currently sitting on five Champions League hat-tricks – as many as Real legends Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo Di Stefano.

It was Messi's 40th hat-trick for club and country, and took his goal tally in the Champions League group stage to 50.

Only legendary Los Blancos striker Raul Gonzalez (53) has scored more in the early phase of the competition, with Ronaldo following with 49 UCL group-stage goals.

But Messi wasn't the only Barca star to shine on the night. Neymar became the first player in Champions League history to assist four goals for his teammates and find the back of the net once, as stats experts Mister Chip pointed out.

Luis Suarez, meanwhile, scored twice and set up another, while Andres Iniesta was the only player outside of the "MSN" forward line who got on the score sheet.

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The 7-0 thumping was the Catalan giants' 12th consecutive home victory in the competition, which would have equalled Manchester United's competition record had Bayern Munich not won their 13th back-to-back home game on the same night.

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