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Soccer star breaks 2 records in 4 days

Soccer Star Lionel Messi Rips Through Record Books

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi has been plowing through the record books lately. And the dominos continue to fall.

In a 4-0 shut out of APOEL Nicosia Tuesday, the Barcelona forward blazed past Raul Gonzalez - better known as simply Raul - to become the all-time leading scorer in Champions League history with 74 goals.

The feat comes just days after Messi broke the La Liga record - or Spanish league record - netting his 253rd career goal.

That means he broke two scoring records within four days. So just how good is Leo Messi?
A writer for Bleacher Report argues that he's the best player in Barcelona history - that's 115 years, folks. The writer says, "It's impossible to compare a midfielder to a striker in an individual matchup, but the fact remains that football is about scoring goals. ... Messi is the master of that, among plenty of other things."

That's saying something, since a lot of great players have come through Barcelona, which more than one sportswriter has dubbed the best team ever.

And Tuesday's Champions League record noticeably puts Messi just past another current soccer giant: Cristiano Ronaldo. It's almost irresistible to compare the two, especially considering they're only separated in the league by four goals.

Not to make this a kicking contest between Messi and Ronaldo, but the latter has a chance to close that gap when he takes the pitch against FC Basel Wednesday.

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Irina Shayk - Cristiano Ronaldo (Forward, Portugal)

(Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Irina Shayk - Cristiano Ronaldo (Forward, Portugal)

(Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Avakian)

Irina Shayk - Cristiano Ronaldo (Forward, Portugal)

(Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Shakira - George Pique (Defender, Spain)

(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Shakira - George Pique (Defender, Spain)

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Shakira - George Pique (Defender, Spain)

(Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)

Antonella Roccuzzo - Lionel Messi (Forward, Argentina)

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Antonella Roccuzzo - Lionel Messi (Forward, Argentina)

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Antonella Roccuzzo - Lionel Messi (Forward, Argentina)

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Sara Carbonero - Iker Casillas (Goalkeeper, Spain)

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Sara Carbonero - Iker Casillas (Goalkeeper, Spain)

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Sara Carbonero - Iker Casillas (Goalkeeper, Spain)

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Mandy Capristo - Mesut Ozil (Midfielder, Germany)

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Mandy Capristo - Mesut Ozil (Midfielder, Germany)

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Mandy Capristo - Mesut Ozil (Midfielder, Germany)

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Natalia Velez - Radamel Falcao (Striker, Colombia)

(From Twitter)

Natalia Velez - Radamel Falcao (Striker, Colombia)

(Photo from Twitter)

Natalia Velez - Radamel Falcao (Striker, Colombia)

(From Twitter)

Coleen Rooney - Wayne Rooney (Forward, England)

(Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Coleen Rooney - Wayne Rooney (Forward, England)

(Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Coleen Rooney - Wayne Rooney (Forward, England)

(Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)

Fanny Neguesha - Mario Balotelli (Forward, Italy)

(Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Fanny Neguesha - Mario Balotelli (Forward, Italy)

(Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Fanny Neguesha - Mario Balotelli (Forward, Italy)

(Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Melissa Satta - Kevin-Prince Boateng (Forward, Ghana)

(Photo by Vincenzo Lombardo/Getty Images for Puro)

Melissa Satta - Kevin-Prince Boateng (Forward, Ghana)

(Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Melissa Satta - Kevin-Prince Boateng (Forward, Ghana)

(Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Calzedonia)

Pilar Rubio - Sergio Ramos (Defender, Spain)

(Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
Pilar Rubio - Sergio Ramos (Defender, Spain)

(Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)

Ann Kathrin Brömmel- Mario Gotze (Midfielder, Germany)

(From Instagram)

Ann Kathrin Brömmel- Mario Gotze (Midfielder, Germany)

(From Instagram)

Ann Kathrin Brömmel- Mario Gotze (Midfielder, Germany)

(From Instagram)

Gabriella Lenzi - Neymar (Forward, Brazil)*

(From Instagram)

Gabriella Lenzi - Neymar (Forward, Brazil)*

(Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)

Gabriella Lenzi - Neymar (Forward, Brazil)*

(From Instagram)

Bruna Marquezine - Neymar (Forward, Brazil)*

(Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Bruna Marquezine - Neymar (Forward, Brazil)*

(Photo by Buda Mendes/LatinContent/Getty Images)

Bruna Marquezine - Neymar (Forward, Brazil)*

(Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carla Kompany - Vincent Kompany (Defender, Belgium)

(Photo by Press Association)

Carla Kompany - Vincent Kompany (Defender, Belgium)

(Photo by Press Association)

Carla Kompany - Vincent Kompany (Defender, Belgium)

(Photo by Press Association)

Michela Quattrociocche - Alberto Aquilani (Midfielder, Italy)

(Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Michela Quattrociocche - Alberto Aquilani (Midfielder, Italy)

(Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/WireImage)
Michela Quattrociocche - Alberto Aquilani (Midfielder, Italy)

(Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images)
Daniella Semaan - Cesc Fabregas (Midfielder, Spain)

(Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
Daniella Semaan - Cesc Fabregas (Midfielder, Spain)

(Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Daniella Semaan - Cesc Fabregas (Midfielder, Spain)

(Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)

Edurne Garcia Almagro - David De Gea (Goalkeeper, Spain)

(Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
Edurne Garcia Almagro - David De Gea (Goalkeeper, Spain)

(Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
Edurne Garcia Almagro - David De Gea (Goalkeeper, Spain)

(Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)

Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau - Wesley Sneijder (Midfielder, Netherlands)

(Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for IMG)

Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau - Wesley Sneijder (Midfielder, Netherlands)

(Photo by Ferdy Damman/AFP/Getty Images)

Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau - Wesley Sneijder (Midfielder, Netherlands)

(Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for IMG)

Jourdan Dunn -  Daniel Sturridge (Forward, England)

(Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Jourdan Dunn -  Daniel Sturridge (Forward, England)

(Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Jourdan Dunn -  Daniel Sturridge (Forward, England)

(Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Leticia Sahagun - Javier Hernandez (Forward, Mexico)

(From Instagram)

Leticia Sahagun - Javier Hernandez (Forward, Mexico)

(From Instagram)

Leticia Sahagun - Javier Hernandez (Forward, Mexico)

(From Instagram)

Amra Silajdzic - Edin Dzeko (Forward, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

(From Instagram)

Amra Silajdzic - Edin Dzeko (Forward, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

(From Instagram)

Amra Silajdzic - Edin Dzeko (Forward, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

(From Instagram)

Evangelina Anderson - Martin Demichelis (Defender, Argentina)

(Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)

Evangelina Anderson - Martin Demichelis (Defender, Argentina)

(Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)

Evangelina Anderson - Martin Demichelis (Defender, Argentina)

(Photo by Press Association) 

Sam Cooke - Chris Smalling (Defender, England)

Sam Cooke - Chris Smalling (Defender, England)

(From Twitter)

Sam Cooke - Chris Smalling (Defender, England)

(From Twitter)

Laia Grassi - Alexis Sanchez (Forward, Chile)

(From Instagram)

Laia Grassi - Alexis Sanchez (Forward, Chile)

(From Instagram)

Laia Grassi - Alexis Sanchez (Forward, Chile)

(From Instagram)

Bethany Dempsey - Clint Dempsey (Forward, United States)

(Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

Bethany Dempsey - Clint Dempsey (Forward, United States)

(Photo by Press Association)

Bethany Dempsey - Clint Dempsey (Forward, United States)

(Photo by Press Association) 

Sarah Brandner - Bastian Schweinsteiger (Midfielder, Germany)

(Photo by Johannes Simon/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Sarah Brandner - Bastian Schweinsteiger (Midfielder, Germany)

(Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images for Farewell Oliver Kahn)
Sarah Brandner - Bastian Schweinsteiger (Midfielder, Germany)

(Photo by OLIVER LANG/AFP/Getty Images)

Alex Gerrard - Steven Gerrard (Midfielder, England)

(Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)

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Germany's forward Thomas Mueller (L) celebrates scoring the 4-0 goal with his teammates during the Group G football match between Germany and Portugal at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Thomas Mueller of Germany celebrates his team's second goals scored by Mats Hummels (not pictured) during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Francois Xavier Marit - Pool/Getty Images)
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