Barcelona’s player, Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to smash the Champions League goal scoring record on November 25 2014, by taking his tally in the competition to 74. The previous record of 71 scores had been set by Schalke striker Raul, former Real Madrid player over the course of 142 matches.
Raul's record dropped when Messi struck his first in the 38th minute against APOEL in Group F to give Barcelona a 2-0 lead after Luis Suarez had opened the scoring. He then struck again in the 58th and 87th minutes.
The match was Messi's 91st appearance in Europe's top club competition. It was his 28th Barcelona hat trick, and his fifth in the Champions League.
While Messi will embrace this record for at least one day, he's likely to compete with his biggest individual competitive rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, for the rest of their respective careers. Ronaldo presently sits on 70 Champions League goals, and both players should pass each other several times before they call it quits on football at the peak level.