Lionel Messi Ties Champions League Goal Scoring Record

Anytime Lionel Messi scores a goal it feels historic. After all, each goal is just another in a career of the world's greatest player who could be the greatest player to ever play the sport when all is said and done. When he does it in the UEFA Champions League final for what proves to be the game-winning goal at Wembley Stadium, it's even more historic. When it ties a Champions League record, well that's just extra special and then some.

Messi's goal on Saturday gave him 12 for the competition, tying him with Ruud van Nistelrooy for the most in any single Champions League. For all of the greats to play in the world's biggest club competition, none has ever scored more in one tournament than Messi. His 12 goals may not be as amazing as van Nistelrooy's considering that when the Dutchman did it in 2002-2003 his team only made it to the quarterfinals so he played three fewer matches than Messi, but Messi is still out of this world. Just another incredible record for the diminutive Argentine who may be the most incredible to ever step on a football pitch.

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