- Barcelona thrashed Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-0 on Tuesday.
- Now they have netted 20 goals in Champions League's group stage this season.
- That match saw a few records broken and missed by Messi and Barca.
Barcelona achieved the feat during their final Group C match of Champions League 2016-17 on Tuesday.
The match was against Borussia Moenchengladbach at Camp Nou, and the hosts thrashed the German side, 4-0, courtesy of Lionel Messi's 10th goal and a hat-trick from Arda Turan.
A team netting 20 goals in the league phase of the European Championship has happened only thrice in the past. The Catalans were among the three sides to have done so.
Borussia Dortmund are a goal away to match the record with United and Madrid. Dortmund who are Group E table toppers, incidentally are set to face the Spanish rivals on Wednesday in their last league game.
Records missed and matched by Leo Messi
Meanwhile, talking about the arch rivalry between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in Champions League, the Portuguese captain boost better numbers when compared to Messi.
The Barcelona star had an excellent chance to equalise Ronaldo's feat of most number of goals in Champions League's group stage; Messi fell short of one goal.
Ronaldo in 2015 had netted 11 goals becoming the first player to reach double figures in the six games of the group stage.
On the other hand, Messi who eyed the same record in the ongoing season with Ronaldo not being in the greatest touch sadly finished the group stage with 10 goals to his name.
Ronaldo has scored only two goals so far with one more group stage match to go.
However, Messi did equalise Ronaldo's record for most number of hat-tricks in the in the group stage in a single Champions League season.
The Argentine netted two hat-tricks in the group stage earlier - in the home games against Celtic and Manchester City.
Overall record of most hat-tricks in a single Champions League campaign still belongs to Ronaldo. The 31-year-old notched up three hat-tricks during the 2015-16 season for Real Madrid.
Barcelona finished Group C on the top with 15 points from six games. Messi and Co have registered five wins and suffered a loss during the group stage of this edition of Champions League.
Meanwhile, Madrid, with one game to go, are yet to lose a match and are placed second behind Dortmund with 11 points in their kitty.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:47 PM IST