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Another record galore for ‘The Messi’

Lionel Messi has become the first footballer ever to score in fifteen consecutive UEFA Champions League seasons.

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Messi Breaks Another Record
Messi became first player to score in 15 consecutive UCL Seasons. Photo: Fox Sports

Lionel Messi’s Historic Goal Helps Barcelona Edge Slavia Prague. Messi became the first player ever to score at least once in 15 consecutive Champions League seasons, as Barcelona beat Slavia Prague 2-1.

Messi opened the scoring after three minutes, beating Slavia goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar with a low left-footed shot to become the first player ever to score at least once in 15 consecutive Champions League seasons.

The 32-year-old Argentinian first robbed midfielder Petr Sevcik outside the Slavia box before an exchange with Arthur put him neatly through the static Slavia defence.

Czech champions were deservedly level when Jan Boril poked home Lukas Masopust’s pass from 16 yards.

But Barca earned a second on 57 minutes when Slavia winger Peter Olayinka deflected a Luis Suarez close-range shot from an impossible angle into his own net as the hosts failed to clear Messi’s free kick.

Barcelona, who are top of La Liga, have now won six consecutive games in all competitions. This result keeps Ernesto Valverde’s side top of Group F on seven points from three games, three points above Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund.

Those two sides met at the San Siro in the group’s other game, with Inter winning 2-0. Lautaro Martinez scored and had a penalty saved before Antonio Candreva’s late clinching goal.

Barca were fortunate to go three points clear at the top – with Slavia deserving more from the game.

The Prague side had more shots – and efforts on target – than Barcelona, most notably a 60-second spell when Marc-Andre ter Stegen got down low to deny Lukas Masopust and then tipped Olayinka’s curling effort over the bar.

Barca were hanging on at the end, with Tomas Soucek and Olayinka having headers saved in injury time.

Slavia were the 33rd side Messi has scored against in the Champions League – a joint record with Cristiano Ronaldo and Raul.

While he has scored in 15 seasons in a row, the Argentine is still one short of Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs’ record of scoring in 16 different Champions League seasons.

The captain could have scored more but was denied by keeper Ondrej Kolar before shooting wide from close range.

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