Lionel Messi scored two goals in Barcelona’s 2-0 Champions League (CL) win against Ajax yesterday, tying him with Spanish legend Raúl for the most career goals scored in the league.
His first goal came in the 36th minute when a mistake by the goalie allowed Marc Bartra to cross the ball into the box. Messi headed the pass past the lone defender covering the goal. The goal tied him with his Portuguese counterpart, Christiano Ronaldo, who has 70 career goals in the CL.
His record-tying goal came in the 76th minute when recently subbed in Pedro hit a low cross into the box, which Messi slid for—barely reaching the ball—and tapped it in.
The most impressive thing about Messi’s 71 CL goals is that he has done it in only 90 games. Raul, whose record Messi tied today, played in 142. Ronaldo—who currently sits third, behind Messi and Raul—has scored 70 goals in 107 games.
Messi, 27, already holds the European record for most goals scored in a season (73) and most goals in Spain’s La Liga (50). If you have seen the argentine play, you know he is bound to score many more goals.
The 2-0 win puts Barcelona in the next round of the CL, which gives Messi more opportunities to score, break the record and distance himself from Ronaldo.