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Lionel Messi breaks Champions League record as teenagers give Barcelona hope for the future

Lionel Messi has become the first player to score in 16 consecutive Champions League seasons after netting in Barcelona’s 5-1 win over Hungarian side Ferencvaros on Tuesday.

The Argentine struck a first-half penalty for the Catalan club at the Camp Nou for what was his 116th career goal in the tournament. Only Manchester United’s great Ryan Giggs has scored in 16 Champions League seasons but the Welshman’s run was not in consecutive years.

Messi’s latest record-breaking achievement comes after new manager Ronald Koeman said his performances “could be better” this season. The club captain certainly responded in style.

The 33-year-old smartly dispatched his spot kick after being fouled at the end of a trademark run and looked a potent threat throughout the night.

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