Messi breaks Champions League record
Barça win! 4-0 over Apoel! Messi with a hat-trick and Luis Suarez with his first goal for Barcelona.
Messi went into the Group F game in Cyprus level on 71 goals with former Real Madrid forward Raul.
Luis Suarez had already opened the scoring with his first goal for the club when Messi diverted Rafinha's 38th-minute shot past the keeper.
Messi netted his second in the 58th-minute with a low right-foot finish before tapping home from close range.
Messi struck again just before the hour mark and then completed his hat-trick in the dying minutes.
Messi insisted that he was more satisfied with Barca's impressive form than his latest milestone. "Achieving this record in a competition like this is a wonderful thing," the four-time Ballon d'Or winner told reporters after the game.
"But, beyond that, it was a very important game. We were able to get the three points and that's what really matters.
"We must continue as we are, meet the objectives of the beginning of the year and try to stay on this path."
Barca's win means they remain second in Group F, just a point Paris Saint-Germain, who defeated Ajax 3-1 at the Parc des Princes.
Consequently, the victors will take top spot when the two sides collide at Camp Nou next month. "Against PSG it will be a difficult match," Messi mused. "They have very good players who know each other and are growing.
"We are the home team and we will try to be first; that's what we want."
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