In Pictures: From Leverkusen quintuple to AC Milan double – the most memorable of Messi's record-shattering 68 goals

As the Barcelona attacker sets a new benchmark for the most goals scored in a season, we pick out some of the best moments of his extraordinary achievement
Lionel Messi has decimated countless milestones this season, but the pinnacle of all landmarks was smashed on Wednesday evening when he broke Gerd Muller's 39-year-old record of 67 official club goals in a single campaign.

The Argentine's hat-trick in Barcelona's 4-1 win over Malaga was enough for him to take his tally for the term to 68 goals and surpass the Bayern Munich legend's long-standing milestone. And with three competitive club games still to go this season, Messi will be looking to add to his haul and cement his new record for decades to come.

Can the triple Ballon d'Or winner now go on to become the first player to score 70 goals in all competitions in a single European campaign? While he prepares for that remarkable feat, looks back at some of the highlights and key moments of his 68 goals in the 2011-12 season.

Floodgates opened |
Messi's first goal for Barca was against Madrid in the Supercopa

Osasuna obliterated | Leo saunters away to his first hat-trick this season in an 8-0 win

Sleepless nights | Atletico were Messi's next hat-trick victims as the Mattress Men lost 5-0

More of the same | The Argentine scored back-to-back trebles, against Mallorca and Viktoria

To the rescue | Messi scored a 91st-minute goal to salvage a 2-2 draw against Athletic

Top of the world | Messi stars at the Club World Cup final with two goals v Santos

Three more in the bag | A hat-trick against Malaga was the forward's fourth league treble

Set-piece sizzler | One of Messi's best goals this season was a free kick v Atletico

High five | Leo became the first man in the Champions League era to score five in a game

No. 1 | Messi became Barca's all-time top scorer after his hat-trick v Granada

Records man | Messi equalled Altafini's seasonal 14 European Cup goals v Milan

Pichichi race ignited | Messi broke the 40-goal barrier with his 41st league strike in 2011-12

Knocking on the door |
Two more goals v Rayo put Leo closer to Muller's mark

The new Bomber |
Messi smashed Gerd's 67-goal milestone with his hat-trick v Malaga