The world's press took note of Leo Messi's performance in Moscow, scoring two of Barcelona's three goals in their win against Spartak. Some websites mentioned the fact he has now equalled Vivian Woodward's 1909 record of 25 goals in international games in a year, other that he's equalled Van Nistelrooy's 56 Champions League goals, and all of them mentioned how close he is to breaking Gerd Müller's 85 goals in a year record.
Olé: "Leo is hot! Messi put the heat into a cold Moscow, scoring a brace in Barcelona's 3-0 win against Spartak as they qualified for the next round. 'El pulga' hit 80 goals for the year and wants to be the Champions League top scorer of all time".
Clarín: "Messi gets closer to the record in Barça's goal fest. Messi was fired up to play in the cold and Barcelona took care of Spartak quickly. Messi scored his fifth Champions League goal of this campaign and his 80th of the year. He is only five away from Gerd Müller's record (85 in 1972).
La Nación: "With two goals from Messi Barcelona thump Spartak and qualify for the knock out stages. Lionel Messi is closer every day to Gerd Müller's record. With his two goals in the 3-0 win for Barcelona Leo hit 80 for the year and only needs five more to reach the German's record".
Gazzetta dello Sport: "The Messi show in Moscow. Dani Alves opened the scoring and the Argentine followed him with two goals, leaving him five away from Müller's record".
BBC: ""Lionel Messi's two goals in the Russian capital brought his 2012 goal tally to within five of Gerd Mueller's record haul of 85 in 1972. They also moved the Argentine up to joint-second in the all-time Champions League scoring charts, level with Ruud van Nistelrooy and behind Raul."