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Messi still key to Barca future

Barcelona Nov 18, 2014
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2 days ago

Player Ratings: Messi stars while Suarez strikes for Barcelona

Lionel Messi earned player of the day honours as he broke the all-time Champions League goal-scoring record with a hat trick against Apoel Nicosia, all with his right foot.

Barcelona achieved a clear 4-0 win Tuesday against Apoel Nicosia at GSP Stadium on Match Day 5 of the Champions League in Group F. Lionel Messi (hat trick) and Luis Suarez scored the goals for the Blaugrana, who enjoyed 81 percent of possession, created 21 goal-scoring chances and attempted 16 shots, seven of them on target.

Messi made history once again by surpassing Raul at the top of the all-time Champions League goal-scoring table. Another day, another hat trick and another record for the...

2 days ago

Five Aside: Messi sets second scoring record in a week with hat trick

Barcelona's Lionel Messi becomes the Champions League all-time goals leader with 72.

Lionel Messi scored his 72nd, 73rd and 74th Champions League goals Tuesday against APOEL Nicosia in Cyprus, breaking Raul's all-time record of 71 goals in the tournament.

Here are five stats on the Argentine's scoring record.

* The hat trick scored against APOEL was Messi's fifth career Champions League hat trick, two more than any other player in tournament history.

* In the 47 Champions League games where Messi has scored at least one goal, Barcelona is 38-2-7, losing to Celtic in 2012...

2 days ago

Messi legend grows with all-time Champions League scoring record

Lionel Messi earned player of the day honours as he broke the all-time Champions League goal-scoring record with a hat trick against Apoel Nicosia, all with his right foot.

Lionel Messi added yet another record to his already legendary collection after scoring three goals in Tuesday's 4-0 victory for Barcelona against Apoel, taking his all-time Champions League tally so far to a mind-blowing 74, four ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and three ahead of former record-holder Raul Gonzalez.

Whenever Cules begin to feel that there is there is very little more that Messi can do to surprise them, the diminutive Argentinean strikes again, breaks yet another record and rises...

3 days ago

Barcelona's focus now switches to APOEL after Lionel Messi's record

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno cannot say enough about Lionel Messi, who recently became La Liga's all-time leading goal-scorer with 253 goals.

There was little time for Barcelona players to get over the celebrations that followed their side's impressive 5-1 win over Sevilla on Saturday, when Lionel Messi's hat trick finally broke the all-time La Liga goal scoring record of Telmo Zarra.

A day off Sunday was followed by an early flight Monday morning to Nicosia, where the club will play its first ever Champions League tie on Cypriot soil against APOEL on Tuesday , then take another day of rest Wednesday -- albeit after a late-night journey...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
3 days ago

#FCtalkingpoints: LFC Klopp swap, Rooney, Messi, MLS best and Moyes

Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique has praised star forward Lionel Messi after the 27-year-old became La Liga's record goalscorer with 253 goals during their 5-1 win at home to Sevilla.

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five white-hot topics on the ESPN FC radar following the weekend.

Vote and comment below or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCtalkingpoints.

Another weekend, another record-setting performance for Lionel Messi. Okay, the master doesn't do it every time he plays, but in Barcelona's 5-1 win vs. Sevilla, Messi broke Telmo Zarra's all-time La Liga goals record of 251 with panache: He netted a hat trick to put his total at 253.

Where is Messi in his overall career arc?

Last...

3 days ago

Lionel Messi owns La Liga's goal record but his best is still to come

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson discusses Lionel Messi breaking Telmo Zarra's all-time La Liga goal-scoring record with a hat-trick against Sevilla.

The city of Barcelona, Catalunya and millions of Blaugrana supporters around the globe are still buzzing after witnessing the magical hat-trick which enabled Lionel Messi to break Telmo Zarra's all-time La Liga goalscoring record -- as well as helping his team to the much-needed 5-1 home win against Sevilla on Saturday.

Understandably, football fans around the world have been eagerly celebrating such a historic achievement. Despite Barca's No.10 tendency to break a new record pretty much on a weekly...