Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have made a lot of spectacular Champions League milestones, including 10 records that can never be broken.
1. Fastest hat-trick (7 1/2 minutes – Bafetimbi Gomis vs Dinamo Zagreb, 2011/12)
Sadio Mane can score the fastest hat-trick in the Premier League with 2 minutes 56 paper, but in the Cup, nobody can compare. With 7-and-a-half minutes, the Lyon striker surpassed Mike Newell’s record set in 1995.
2. Most goals in a knockout match (5 – Lionel Messi vs Leverkusen, 2011/12)
Messi is the only player to score 5 goals after 90 minutes in a knockout match, helping Barca to destroy Leverkusen 7-1 in the 1/8 round.
3. Keep the most consecutive clean sheets (10 – Jens Lehmann – October 2005 to April 2006)
After conceding to Ajax in the second match of the 2005/06 season with Arsenal, Lehmann spent the remaining 4 group stage matches and the entire knockout round without receiving any goals.
Sent off after 18 minutes in the final, Lehmann kept a clean sheet for more than 800 minutes, equivalent to 13.5 hours.
4. Most goals per goalkeeper (3 – Hans-Jorg Butt)
It’s hard to believe that a goalkeeper has scored 3 goals in the Champions League and both against Juventus.
Butt humiliated Juventus in Hamburg, Leverkusen and Bayern Munich with all three goals from the penalty spot.
5. Most goals in a match (12 – Dortmund 8-4 Legia Warsaw, 2016/17)
The crazy match that took place at Signal Iduna Park four years ago with Reus and Kagawa both scored twice. Notably, up to 6 goals were scored after the first 29 minutes only.
6. Oldest player (43 years and 253 days – Marco Ballotta vs Real Madrid, 2007/08)
Ballotta conceded three goals against Real Madrid just months before his 44th birthday, breaking Alessandro Costacurta’s previous record nearly three years old.
It should be noted that the second oldest player in the history of the tournament, Olexandr Shovkovskiy, is still 2 years younger than Ballotta.
7. Most goals in a season (17 – Cristiano Ronaldo, 2013/14)
The Real Madrid superstar has scored 9 goals in the group stage, 4 goals in the eighth round, 1 goal in the quarterfinals, 2 in the semi-finals and another in the final.
The only person who has ever come close to beating this record is Ronaldo.
8. The match with the most audience (115,500 – Barcelona vs PSG, 1994/95)
Although the Nou Camp still boasts the largest capacity in the Champions League, changes to the stadium’s rules have reduced the number of spectators in modern times. Fans may never see this 6-digit landmark again.
9. Defender with the most goals in a match (3 – Layvin Kurzawa vs Anderlecht, 2017/18)
The PSG left-back became the first player to achieve this feat two years ago. Surely no defender will score four in a Champions League match.
10. Youngest player to score a hat-trick (18 years and 114 days – Raul vs Ferencvaros, 1995/96)
Only five teenage players have ever scored a Champions League hat-trick, of which Real Madrid legend Raul is the youngest.
Real Madrid’s Rodrygo Goes threatened this record by scoring a hat-trick against Galatasaray last year with more than 200 days.