Thursday, April 5, 2012
Messi breaks more records
The three-time World Player of the Year netted a penalty after 11 minutes, scored with a second spot kick just before the break and then helped to set up Barca’s third goal for Andres Iniesta as they ran out 3-1 winners at the Nou Camp.
The Argentine passed the previous competition record of 12 goals set by himself last season and Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy with Manchester United in 2003.
It also made him the youngest player at 24 to pass the 50-goal mark in Europe’s elite club competition as he moved on to 51. While the debate rages around him as to whether he should be considered one of the greatest, if not the greatest player of all time, Messi continues to notch up goals at a dizzying rate.
With two months of the season left to play, he has already amassed 58 goals in all competitions.
In stark contrast, his former team mate at Barcelona, Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had been touted as the main threat to Barca’s progress on the night, was left ranting about the referee.