Argentina’s Lionel Messi‘s brace against Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena not only took Barcelona to the Round of 16 spot in the Champions League but also equalled former Real Madrid striker Raul Gonzalez‘s long standing record of highest number of Goals in the Europe’s Premier tournament. Raul had scored 71 goals in his entire Champions league career for Real Madrid and Schalke.
With these two goals, Messi leapfrogged Cristiano Ronaldo‘s 70 goals as the latter failed to score against Liverpool, a rare failure for the Real Madrid winger considering his goal scoring spree off-late. Cristiano was on 70 goals before taking on Liverpool at Santiago Bernabeu a couple of nights back. With this win, the Catalans would be relieved after losing two consecutive matches, one to Real Madrid and the other to Celta Vigo.
Now it is up to Messi and Ronaldo to fight it out among them to surpass Raul’s record in the coming matches. Real MAdrid face Ludogorets and Barcelona take on Paris Saint Germain, the other team that qualified for the Round of 16 from Group F.