The Champions League goal race between international superstars Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) has captivated European soccer and the rest of the world for several weeks. Messi, for now, has taken a slight edge on Ronaldo, who is still stuck on 70, in the last three days.
On Saturday, the 27-year-old Messi scored a historic 253rd Spanish top-flight goal with a hat-trick against Sevilla. On Tuesday, he passed Raul’s (Real Madrid) Champions League tally of 71 goals in the 38th minute against the Cypriot champions Apoel Nicosia. It was Messi’s second major record in four days. He added his second goal of the game in the 58th minute to bring his career total to 73.
Messi needed just 91 games to break the record.