For the second time in four days, Lionel Messi has scored a hat trick and taken sole ownership of an all-time scoring title in a prestigious European competition.
Go ahead, read that sentence again.
The Argentinian put himself atop the Champions League all-time goal scoring charts after scoring in the 38th minute against APOEL on Tuesday -- a goal which was followed by two more strikes to round out the hat trick. On Saturday, Messi climbed atop the all-time scoring charts for the Spanish La Liga with his second goal against Sevilla, before he added, you guessed it, a third to round out a hat trick.
The goal to put Messi on top wasn't exactly a thing of beauty, but the forward's improvisational instincts were on full display as he stuck a foot out to deflect Rafinha's shot from outside of the box into the back of the net.
As is so often the case, Messi didn't stop there. In the 58th minute, Messi scored again to further confirm his status as the Champions League goal king.
Then he went ahead and scored another.
That tally gives Messi 74 all-time goals in the competition, three more than Real Madrid legend Raul and four more than current rival Cristiano Ronaldo.