Lionel Messi steals the show in his 700th Barcelona appearance
On Wednesday, in front of an adoring home crowd at the Camp Nou, he created 613 targets it 700 appearances and 237 assists.
Messi rewrote the record books once again as he scored one and set up two others as Barcelona maintained top spot in Group F.
He becomes the player that is Barcelona that is second to accomplish the landmark. Nobody in the history of the club has won more than Messi, who’s 34 decorations to his title.
And 34 can become 35, if Messi also Barcelona navigate its way.
You would have been wrong, if you believed this landmark for Messi is a silent one. Within half an hourhe teed up Uruguayan teammate Luis Suarez to start the scoring, and Suarez repaid the favour, playing with Messi in to fire home his side’s second of the night.
It could only be right for a guy making his 700th appearance to evaluate his target and Messi coolly dispatched the ball to the back of the web.
The strike duo have 800 goals for Barcelona involving them.
The target was created even more unique by the fact that it was the 34th distinct opposition Messi had scored contrary — a Champions League record.
And Messi was far from done.
His performance continued into the second half because his run and delicate pass allowed Antoine Griezmann to secure the triumph.
Dortmund did provide a late rally with all young star Jadon Sancho turning providing a moment of real quality and firing a rocket past Marc-Andr?? ter Stegen at the Barcelona aim.
Nevertheless, it was too little, too late for the side, whose sloppiness had crushed them already.
The only blight on an excellent night for Messi has been a yellow card. Even 700 games can not teach you to remain on your toes.
Messi looked on in disbelief as he was booked for diving into the second half.
But that moment won’t make the headlines. His performance and data will.
Borussia Dortmund centre back Mats Hummels summed Messi’s night best.
[He also ]”is your best footballer I’ve ever seen — span,” Hummels informed UEFA.com after his teammates were abandoned mesmerized by the Argentine.
His numbers are really staggering. Even when they’re broken up, they look difficult to process. He has scored??one goal??in a match on 218 events, two objects in a match on 125 occasions,??three goals??in a game on 40 occasions,??four goals??in a game . And??five goals??in a match on one event.
Not bad for a man who is only 32 decades of age.