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Messi magic delivers new Euro goal record

Lionel Messi became the all-time leading scorer in the Champions League after netting in the first half of Barcelona's Group F clash at APOEL Nicosia.

Messi moved level with former Real Madrid striker Raul's tally of 71 goals with a brace in Barca's previous match at Ajax, and last night he claimed the record for his own.

The Argentina star was denied early on by Rafael Urko but there was nothing the APOEL goalkeeper could do in the 38th minute when Messi stuck out his right foot to deflect Rafinha's shot into the net to make it 2-0 in Nicosia.

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He wasn't finished, though, as he added another two in the second half to complete his hat-trick in Barca's 4-0 win and make it 35 goals in his last 31 Champions League appearances.

Messi also became the Primera Division's record goalscorer at the weekend, with his hat-trick in the 5-1 victory over Sevilla moving him onto 253, breaking Telmo Zarra's 59-year-old mark of 251.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspired Paris St Germain to a 3-1 home win against Ajax Amsterdam that leaves them needing a point from their final game at Barcelona to top Group F.

The French champions, now unbeaten in 20 games in all competitions this season, have 13 points from five matches after Edinson Cavani scored a double and Ibrahimovic found the back of the net with a clever half-volley.

Ajax had briefly levelled through Davy Klaassen, who benefited from yet another lapse in concentration at the heart of PSG's defence.


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