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This strike made Lionel Messi the greatest goalscorer in Champions League history

Messi’s 72nd goal takes him past Raul for the record.

LIONEL MESSI BECAME the all-time top goalscorer in the Champions League with a hat-trick and Luis Suarez registered his first goal for Barcelona in a routine 4-0 win away at APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday.

Suarez finally got on the scoresheet in his fifth appearance since a club record move from Liverpool in July with a fine turn and finish on 27 minutes.

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However, he was upstaged by his Argentine teammate as Messi surpassed Real Madrid legend Raul’s mark of 71 goals just days after also becoming the top scorer in the history of La Liga when he stabbed home Rafinha’s mishit shot 10 minutes later.

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Messi added his second of the evening just before the hour mark before both sides were reduced to 10 men as Rafinha and Joao Guilherme saw second yellow cards.

And fittingly it was Messi who had the final word as he turned home Pedro Rodriguez’s low cross three minutes from time to take his tally to 74 Champions League goals in 91 games.

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