Lionel Messi extended a Champions League record and set another when he scored a penalty to give Barcelona the lead in the Group G opener against Ferencvaros at Nou camp.
Messi won a penalty in the 26th minute with a striking shot into the box that was overturned by Adnan Kovacevic.
The Barcelona skipper picked himself and converted the penalty. This makes the Hungarians the 36th victim he has scored against in the Champions League – a record he has already set.
The goal also meant that Messi has scored in 16 Champions League seasons, an feat previously only made by Manchester United wingering legend Ryan Giggs. However, Messi is the first player to achieve status in consecutive seasons.
16 – Barcelona’s Lionel Messi became the first player in Champions League history to score a goal in 16 consecutive seasons. No player in the history of the competition has scored in more total seasons than the Argentine (16-level with Ryan Giggs). Sweet. pic.twitter.com/aOTEPOcQYu
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Barcelona survived a shock when Ferencvaros winger Tokmac Nguen rattled off with a shot against Woodwork in the 20th minute but got off to a good 2-0 at halftime as teenage sensation Ansu Fati continued his remarkable rise, by taking a cross from Frenkie de home, Jong shot on 42 minutes.
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman takes over the leadership of the team in the Champions League for the first time, which also includes Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus and Dynamo Kiev.