UEFA Champions League: Borussia Dortmund, 34th "victim" of Lionel Messi in the Champions League.
Barcelona qualified for the UEFA Champions League first knockout round by beating Borussia Dortmund (3-1) with a goal from superstar Lionel Messi for his 700th match in Blaugrana on Wednesday, with less than a week before the Ballon d'Or of which he is among the favorites to win.
Barcelona locked the first place in its group, as Paris SG, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Juventus had done earlier. The last slot will go to either the Germans or Inter Milan, which beat Slavia Prague 3-1.
Borussia Dortmund was one of the rare teams regularly present on the European scene to not have crashed against Lionel Messi.
The Argentinian genius erased this deficiency on Wednesday evening at Camp Nou. After having delivered the assist on the first goal of Luis Suarez, he scored 2-0. He then completed his performance with a new assist for Antoine Griezmann.
The Argentinian, who celebrated his 141st appearance in the Champions League, also grabbed a record: he has now scored at least one goal against 34 different teams in the Champions League. as Borussia Dortmund bowed to the talent of the Barcelona player. No other player has reached such a total. The record comes to salute as it should be the 700th appearance of La Pulga under the Blaugrana jersey.
"Messi was terribly dangerous every minute of the match, he's the best player I've ever seen, " admitted Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels. "After the 1-0 and the 2-0 caused by my bad pass, we were at the bottom of the hole. There, you deserve to lose. Now we do not have our destiny in our hands," the German added.
"On Leo, there is nothing to say, he was incredible," said his coach Ernesto Valverde after the game.
In Catalonia, he scored 613 goals and gave 237 assists. Hallucinating figures.
Messi is very special in Spain, winning La Liga for the 10th time, scoring more than 600 goals for Barcelona and the 6th to win the Spanish top scorer (a record) and the 6th European Golden Shoe (a record). Messi also scored over 50 goals on the spot to become the best free-kick specialist of his time.
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