Lionel Messi will obviously be far more delighted by the fact that Barcelona are still somehow in the Champions League - but his strike in Wednesday night's historic comeback against Paris Saint-Germain also means that he could yet pip Cristiano Ronaldo to the post in the race to become the tournament's record goalscorer.
When the season began, it seemed a foregone conclusion that Ronaldo would become the first player to rack up 100 Champions League goals. Although it was Lionel Messi who had broken Raul's record of 71 strikes in Europe's premier cup competition in 2014, the Portuguese had stormed past his great rival by netting 16 times during Real Madrid's triumph last season.
That had taken the Portugal superstar to 93 goals in the Champions League proper, 10 ahead of Messi. However, while Ronaldo had a relatively quiet to start to Madrid's bid for a 12th European Cup triumph, netting just twice in six group-stage appearances, Messi caught fire again.
The Argentine kicked off his campaign with three of Barcelona's seven goals in their demolition of Celtic at Camp Nou to take outright possession of the Champions League hat-tricks record that he had shared with Ronaldo.
Messi bagged another treble (his fifth in tournament history) in his next outing, against Manchester City, before scoring again in the return leg at the Etihad. Then, after a double at Celtic Park, and a solitary strike against Borussia Monchengladbach on matchday six, Messi moved to 93 goals, just two behind Ronaldo.
Unusually, both men failed to score when the Champions League resumed after the winter break, with Messi even failing to get a shot on target as Barcelona were sensationally routed 4-0 by Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes.
However, whereas Ronaldo was shut out again as Real defeated Napoli 3-1 at the San Paolo, Messi converted a penalty in Barca's stunning 6-1 victory over PSG to draw to within one Champions League goal of his great rival.
In doing so, Messi also equalled Ronaldo's record of 11 converted penalties in the Champions League. Of course, of greater significance was the fact that Barca became the first side in tournament history to overturn a four-goal first leg-deficit.
Still, it just means that two of the greatest players of all time will continue their battle to become the first centurion in Champions League history in the quarter-finals!