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Messi breaks Champions League goal record

FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi became the all time leading goalscorer in the Champions League just four days after achieving the same feat in La Liga with his 72nd goal in the competition against APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday.

Messi breaks Champions League goal record
Messi recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of his debut with the Catalan giants, a period which has seen him win 21 trophies. Photo: Patrick Baz/AFP

Messi was captaining Barça on the night and stabbed home his side's second goal of the evening from close range on 37 minutes after Luis Suarez had opened his account for the club with the opener.

The Argentine moves ahead of Raul, who scored 71 goals in 142 appearances for Real Madrid and Schalke, with Cristiano Ronaldo just one goal further back on 70.

Messi now hold both scoring records at just 27 years of age and reached the new record mark in 51 fewer games than Raul with both men having won the tournament three times.

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The four-time World Player of the Year broke Telmo Zarra's 59-year-old record of 251 La Liga goals at the weekend with a hat-trick in a 5-1 thrashing of Sevilla to take his tally in the Spanish top flight to 253 goals in 289 appearances.

Messi recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of his debut with the Catalan giants, a period which has seen him win 21 trophies.

However, he cast some doubt on his future with the club last week when he refused to rule out a move away from the Catalan capital before the end of his career despite signing a new four-year contract in May.

"Football is full of unexpected twists and turns," he told Argentinean newspaper Ole.

"It is true that I said I would like to stay there forever, but sometimes not everything turns out the way you want."

Barça boss Luis Enrique played down fears he could leave, though, describing him as a "unique and unrepeatable player."

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CORRUPTION

Barçagate: Police raid FC Barcelona offices and arrest former president

Police raided the offices of FC Barcelona on Monday, carrying out several arrests just six days ahead of the club's presidential elections, a Catalan regional police spokesman told AFP.

Barçagate: Police raid FC Barcelona offices and arrest former president
Barcelona's former president Josep Maria Bartomeu is among the arrested. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Spain's Cadena Ser radio said one of those arrested was former club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who resigned in October, along with CEO Oscar Grau and the club's head of legal services.

But the police refused to confirm names, saying only “arrests are taking place” and adding that the operation was being run by officers from the financial crimes unit.

“We are in the process of carrying out an operation right now with agents of the financial crimes unit,” the police spokesman told AFP.

According to reports in the Spanish media, the operation is linked to last year's investigation into the 'BarçaGate' scandal, which saw the club deny hiring a company to criticise current and former players on social media to improve the image of the then-president Bartomeu.

Cadena Ser said Barca paid €1 million in six separate invoices to the company I3 Ventures, with whom the club have since cut ties.

Bartomeu resigned in October, after mounting pressure following months of controversy and a dramatic decline in performances on the pitch.

His successor is due to be elected on Sunday, when club members will choose between the final three candidates, Joan Laporta, Toni Freixa and Victor Font.

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