Lionel Messi is poised to take sole possession of the UEFA Champions League’s all-time scoring record just three days after he rewrote the Spanish league’s record books.
Messi’s brace in Barcelona’s 2-0 win at Ajax on Nov. 5 pulled him level with Raul Gonzalez on 71 goals as the joint-top scorers for the Champions League.
Messi now hopes to leave Raul behind when Barcelona visits Cypriot side APOEL in Group F tonight.
Breaking major records is what Messi does for a living. He will arrive in Cyprus fresh from his historic hat trick on Saturday in Barcelona’s 5-1 defeat of Sevilla that left him with 253 Spanish league goals — two more than Telmo Zarra’s milestone of 251 goals in La Liga which had stood untouched since 1955.
And Messi will have the added pressure of Cristiano Ronaldo on his heels. Ronaldo has scored 70 Champions League goals and Real Madrid visits Basel in Group B on Wednesday.