Messi after the Barça-Bayer Leverkusen match (7-1) / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

Leo Messi continues to win awards. This Saturday, after the Champions League Final had come to a close, the Argentine was officially named the highest scorer of the competition with 14 goals in 11 matches (1.27 goals per game). Mario Gómez finished second.

Messi equals Altafini

Messi’s 14 Champions League goals has equalled José Altafini’s goalscoring record in the competition set in the 1962/63 season. 49 years had to pass for someone to equal the AC Milan striker’s accomplishment. Messi is the first player to have scored 14 goals since the competition was renamed the Champions League.

Goals against four teams

The Argentine’s 14 goals were scored against: BATE Borisov (2), Viktoria Plzen (3), AC Milan (3) and Bayer Leverkusen (5). His performance in the return leg of the quarter-finals, against the Germans, was especially stellar after netting a five-goal haul.

It’s worth noting that Messi was the highest scorer of the competition in the last three editions of the Champions League: nine goals in the 2008/09 season, eight in the 2009/10 season and 12 in the 2010/11 season. 

Leo's four crowns

2008/09: 9 goals
2009/10: 8 goals
2010/11: 12 goals
2011/12: 14 goals