Argentina and Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi is widely considered as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, if not the greatest, with the striker winning numerous individual and professional honours – including a record six Ballon d’Or awards.
In addition to winning numerous domestic titles in Spain, Messi has played a key role in helping the Catalan giants win four Champions League title and is their highest goalscorer in the competition. Here, we take a look at five records that the Argentinian holds in club’s biggest competition.
1. Leading goalscorer for a single club in the competition – 114
Messi has been a one-club man and all of his 114 goals in the Champions League have come for Barcelona, which is most for single player in the competition. Cristiano Ronaldo comes in second, having scored 105 goals during his time at Real Madrid.
2. Shares the record for most hat-tricks
The 32-year-old has so far netted eight hat-tricks in the competition, a record which he yet again shares with his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo.
3. Holds Record for most goals scored in the group stages
The Argentine talisman holds the record for scoring the most goals in the group stage of the competition, with the striker so far scoring 68 goals.
4. Holds Record for most goals scored in round of 16 stage
The six-time Ballon d’Or holds the record for scoring the most goals in the round of 16 stage of the competition, with the striker so far netting 26 goals.
5. Finished as highest goalscorer in a single edition on six occasions
Messi has finished as the highest goalscorer in a single Champions League edition on six occasions, with the striker achieving the feat in 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2014-15 and 2018-19.