Messi brace equals Raul’s Champions League record

Messi notched his 71st goal in his 90th match in Europe's top club competition

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Lionel Messi equaled Raul Gonzalez's Champions League scoring record of 71 goals on Wednesday with his second strike for Barcelona in a 2-0 victory over against Ajax.

Messi notched his 70th and 71st goals in his 90th match in Europe's top club competition. Former Real Madrid and Schalke striker Raul took 142 matches to reach his tally.

Messi's record-equaling effort came a night after Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 70 Champions League goals, failed to find the net in Real Madrid's 1-0 victory over Liverpool.

Messi opened his and Barcelona's account in the 36th minute with a header and doubled his tally to make it 2-0 in the 76th minute after a one-two with substitute Pedro Rodriguez.

The victory sealed Barcelona's place in the last 16 from Group F.

Messi is also on the cusp of equaling the Spanish league's all-time scorer, needing only one goal to match Telmo Zarra's milestone of 251 goals that has gone untouched since 1955 when Barcelona visits Almeria on Saturday.

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