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06.04.2010 23:23

Record Breaker

Roger Bogunyà

Leo Messi just keeps on breaking records. This Tuesday’s 19-minute hat trick and the late fourth goal rounded off a superb performance. Here are just some of the great player’s record breaking achievements:

- First four goal haul: Tuesday was the first time Messi had bagged four goals in a single game for the club - mind you, before that he had scored 5 hat tricks and 18 times scored twice in a game.

- Leading scorer in the Champions League: after those four goals, Leo is now the competition’s leading scorer this season - as he is in Spain where he’s chalked up 26 league goals so far.

- First to four: Messi is the first player in this season’s competition to score four goals in one game.

- One of six: Messi is the sixth player in the competition’s history to bag four in a game, following on from Van Basten (AC Milan), Simone Inzaghi (Lazio), Prso (Mònaco), Van Nistelroy (M. United) and Shevchenko (AC Milan) and becoming the first Barca player to do so.

- One of nine: only eight other players have scored a first half hat trick in the Champions League and Messi is the first to score three in the first 45 minutes of a game this season.

2010-04-06_PARTIDO_06.JPG- Gunners suffer most: with Tuesday’s four goals, Arsenal became the team Messi has scored most goals against in Europe – Seville and Atletico Madrid, who he’s scored 7 against, are his favourite victims in Spain.

- Messi equals Rivaldo: With 25 goals in the Champions League, Messi has drawn level with the club’s leading scorer in the competition – Rivaldo.

- Record breaking season: Messi has now scored 39 goals this season – one more than he managed all last season – and he has done that in just 42 games, eight less than he figured in last season.

- 67 goals at home: Of the 119 goals Messi has scored for the club, 67 have been at home, with 52 on the road.
Record Breaker
Tenth all time leading scorer
At just 22 years old, Messi is now tenth on the club’s list of all time goal scorers, having overtaken Stoichkov (117) and Escolà (118) and he is now just 3 behind ninth placed Patrick Kluivert.

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