Messi, 71 goals: Champions League record (Apertura)

Sliding in like the striker he is, in the Amsterdam Arena Leo Messi scored his 71st goal in the Champions’ League thus equaling Raúl González’s previous record. The goal against Ajax was Messi’s 52nd from inside the box (excluding penalties), his 31st away from home and his 59th with his left foot.

From his first goal in the competition against Panathinaikos in 2005 to his most recent against Ajax, the man who has assisted Messi most is Andrés Iniesta with 9, followed by Dani Alves with 7 and Xavi Hernández with 6. His preferred victim has been AC Milan against whom he has scored 8 times, followed by Asenal, Ajax and Bayer Leverkusen who have all conceded on 6 occasions to the Argentine superstar.

This record has been achieved wearing only the Barça shirt in just 90 matches. All the information about Messi’s 71 goals can be found in the above infographic.

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