Messi eyes another record in Europe

(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Lionel Messi will chase yet another record when the Champions League returns on Tuesday from a three-week break. The Argentine is poised to take sole possession of the competition's all-time scoring record just three days after he rewrote the Spanish league's record books.

Messi's brace in Barcelona's 2-0 win at Ajax on Nov. 5 pulled him level with Raul Gonzalez on 71 goals as the joint-top scorers for the Champions League. Messi now hopes to leave Raul behind when Barcelona visits Cypriot side APOEL in Group F on Tuesday.

Breaking major records is what Messi does for a living. He will arrive in Cyprus fresh from his historic hat trick on Saturday in Barcelona's 5-1 defeat of Sevilla that left him with 253 Spanish league goals - two more than Telmo Zarra's milestone of 251 goals in La Liga which had stood untouched since 1955.


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