Football – Champions League: Messi, King of Spain, Emperor of Europe

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi
The Argentine player of FC Barcelona has delighted both new records for goals in just 72 hours in the Spanish Championship (253) and in the Champions League (74).

Seventy-two hours Lionel Messi has reached twice the Everest of scorers: Argentina Tuesday established a new record of goals in the Champions League with a hat-trick (72nd, 73rd and 74th goals), settling alone summit to Raul (71), three days after a similar feat in La Liga. How far will the FC Barcelona striker? The exhilaration of the summits did certainly not disrupted Tuesday, just as the pressure of his Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo , who the heels in the rankings (70 goals) and will whip Wednesday in Basel to try to return in height.

On the lawn of the Apoel Nicosia, Argentina was first broken the famous brand Raul a fluke goal by deflecting a ball Rafinha. Not the finest of his career, but a historic goal in his 72nd C1. His 73 was prettier, with control of the left and right foot shot inside. For his 74th, he had only to push the ball after a play. This month of November 2014 will keep a taste of eternity for four Golden Ball: It allowed him to be consecrated as both absolute best scorer of the Championship of Spain (253 goals) in excess of the mythical striker Telmo Zarra (251) and in the wake of becoming the only top scorer in the history of the C1. When Raul, former star of Real Madrid and Schalke 04 had taken 144 matches to achieve its total of 71 units, Messi needed just 90 games for the match and a 91st Tuesday to rob him of his first place .

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Both records will probably “Leo” an escape from the disappointments that have marked his 2013-2014 season between injuries, tax evasion charges and final defeat of the 2014 World Cup with the Argentine selection. Carried in triumph on Saturday at the Camp Nou, hailed Tuesday in Nicosia by his teammates, Messi has also seen his popularity rating in his club remains intact, while the attacker had hinted in recent days that the criticism received over last months in a Barça rapidly changing era had hurt.

In any case, this double crown symbolizes the imprint left by Messi in world football, especially as Argentina’s only 27 years old and hopefully take off quickly vis-à-vis Raul and Zarra as recalled by the Barcelona coach Luis Enrique. “It will be a unique and unparalleled player. We are fortunate to have him with us and enjoy,” said this weekend the technician, calling Messi “the best player in history.” Unbeatable? Not so sure, because Cristiano Ronaldo (29) has a say. With 70 goals in C1, double the Portuguese Golden Ball has not gone far from the first pick that record, but it remains to the Argentine firing range.

And one can expect that this brand regularly changing hands in the months and years ahead, depending on the shape and condition of each of the respective fortunes of Barça and Real in the competition. For the Golden Ball, which will be awarded on January 12 in Zurich, however, these records involved may be too late: the poll is closed from Friday and Messi can blame for delaying maturity. Infuriating for Argentina: weaned major trophies in the heyday in 2014, Messi left with a length behind Ronaldo, winner in the spring of the Champions League with Real, or the sacred German players world champions this was, as goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

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