Lionel Messi broke Raul’s record as Champions League top scorer by bagging a hat-trick in Barcelona’s 4-0 Group F win away at APOEL.
The Catalan side were dominant from the get go as both Dani Alves and Jordi Alba tested APOEL keeper Urko Pardo.
Luis Suarez was also a threat for the Cypriot side as the Uruguayan striker looked to score his first Barca goal after returning from suspension.
And, he would not have to wait long as he broke the deadlock in the 27th minute, turning his defender, before placing a delightful effort past Pardo.
The goal gave Barca some relief after half an hour of not breaking down the APOEL defence and they extended their lead through Lionel Messi with seven minutes remaining in the half.
The Argentine foward took advantage inside the six yard box and scored his 72nd Champions League goal, making him the outright top scorer in the competitions history.
Messi would then add a second to his tally and a third to Barca just after the break when he slotted home a delightful through ball from Dani Alves.
Brazilian Rafinha was then sent off for the visitors for a second booking, whilst Joao Guilherme was also given his marching orders, making it 10 v 10 for the remainder of the game.
Messi would then add a third and complete his hat-trick, marking a superb night for the Argentine forward.