Leo Messi has equalled Raúl's tally of 71 Champions League goals

Leo Messi just can’t stop breaking records and his brace tonight in Amsterdam equalled the all-time Champions League goalscoring record of 71, set by Raúl González with Real Madrid and Schalke 04.

He scored those goals in just 90 matches, while Raúl González needed 142 to set a record that Messi now looks almost certain to break.

Eleven seasons

The Argentinian made his Champions League debut in the 2004/05 season, but played just one game and failed to score. The next year, still only 18, he scored his first UCL goal at the Camp Nou against Panathinaikos, and got one more the season after.

2007/08 was the campaign when he really started standing out. He scored six, and the season after got nine in 12 games as the team marched towards its third European crown. Since then, he has averaged eight goals per season

Crucial goals

Leo Messi has won three Champions Leagues, and scored in two of the finals. In 2009, in Rome, he headed Barça’s second against Manchester United after Eto’o had got the opener.

Two years later, and once again against Man Utd, this time at Wembley, Messi once again got Barça’s second to cancel out Rooney’s equaliser.

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