Messi breaks another Champions League record despite Man City loss

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The Barcelona star netted his 54th goal in the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition on Tuesday, though his side slipped to a 3-1 reverse at the Etihad Stadium

The Barcelona star netted his 54th goal in the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition on Tuesday, though his side slipped to a 3-1 reverse at the Etihad Stadium

Lionel Messi set another record on Tuesday after scoring a 54th goal in the Champions League group stage in Barcelona’s 3-1 defeat against Manchester City.

The Argentina star started and finished a wonderful Barcelona move which initially put his side 1-0 up against City at the Etihad – sending Neymar away down the left before sprinting the length of the field to take a return pass in his stride and stroke the ball past Willy Caballero.

The goal means Messi has now edged ahead of Raul as the leading scorer in group stage football in Europe’s premier club competition.

Former Real Madrid striker Raul managed his 53 goals for Los Blancos and Schalke.

City fought back from Messi’s strike to defeat Barca on home soil thanks to a double from Ilkay Gundogan and an effort from Kevin De Bruyne.

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