Lionel Messi broke the Champions League’s all-time goals record by netting a hat-trick in FC Barcelona’s 4-0 group win at APOEL Nicosia.
The little magician stole the show for FC Barcelona as he completed a stunning hat-trick against APOEL Nicosia. It was also a game to remember for Luis Suarez as the Uruguayan scored his first competitive goal for FC Barcelona.
Lionel Messi had already equaled the Real Madrid legend Raul’s record against Ajax on matchday 4 and has now overtaken it in only 91 matches which is all the more important considering it took Raul 142 games in Europe to reach this number.
It did not take long for Messi to break the record as he deflected home a shot from Rafinha in the 39th minute. He struck again just before the hour mark and then completed his hat-trick in the dying minutes. Speaking after the game about his record, Messi said that he is extremely happy with his performance.
Messi said: “I’m happy about the record. It makes me very happy to have achieved such a nice record in such an important competition – but what really mattered were the three points we took from tonight’s match. FC Barcelona put in a great game”.
Lionel Messi also said that the job is not yet done for FC Barcelona and they have to continue their good run of form. “We will try to continue doing what we’ve been doing up until now and reach the objectives that FC Barcelona set. We have to carry on in this direction”.
“It’s going to be a very difficult game (against PSG). We lost to them when we met in Paris; they have fantastic players and they’re a side which is growing and getting stronger. We’ll do our best to put in a good game so that we can end top of the group”.
FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was also extremely happy with the performance of his players after the comfortable victory against APOEL.
Luis Enrique said: “I am very satisfied. We have played well on a very difficult pitch. We attacked tidily and pressed well.
“We have a clear idea of how we play, that is what has characterised FC Barcelona in recent years. And we will go to our graves with the same approach.”
FC Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has used Messi as ‘false nine’ recently, an experiment which has proved successful so far, and the coach said after the record breaking performance of the Argentine that he will continue to use him in this position in future too.
“There will be games when Leo Messi is in the centre, and others were he is out wide. We are interested in getting him as many touches on the ball as possible.”