Lionel Messi’s magical brace against Bayern Munich saw him break two records in his 100th European appearance for FC Barcelona.
The Argentine almost single-handedly decided the first-leg clash between the two European giants by scoring his side’s first two goals in spectacular fashion.
Messi’s brace boosted him past Cristiano Ronaldo and Luiz Adriano in this season’s goal-scoring ranking in the Champions League.
He has now scored 10 goals in this season’s European campaign, while Ronaldo and Adriano sit on nine each.
Overall, he has taken back the lead in the Champions League all-time ranking to become the competitions all-time record scorer.
Ronaldo’s goal against Juventus on Tuesday had lifted his total to 76, moving him one above Messi, but the Argentine reclaimed the lead with his brace against Bayern.
Wednesday’s first-leg was Messi’s 100th appearance in a European competition – 97 in the Champions League and three in the UEFA Super Cup.
Following the 3-0 win, Barcelona are all but through to the Champions League final, which means Messi is likely to have two more games to improve on his record.
His personal best in a single Champions League campaign was 13 goals in the 2012/13 campaign.
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