His longstanding rival Ronaldo has scored 105 of his 120 Champions League goals in the colours of Real Madrid - a record now matched by Messi. "I feel proud for the effort of the players".
Nobody disputes the genius he showed for the first time more than a decade ago and has demonstrated consistently since but, after so long at the top and having played more than 800 games, we have to accept that nights like these, when he illuminated Wembley, might be less frequent.
Following the 4-2 defeat inspired by Lionel Messi, nine-year-old Grace Brown from Dromore suggested that in hindsight she maybe should have stood on the Barcelona striker's toes in the tunnel before the game.
Barcelona were vulnerable so they said, but on a pitch scarred from hosting British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua's fight against Alexander Povetkin they took only two minutes to catch Spurs in the solar plexus.
From Ivan Rakitic's mind-boggling goal to Messi's brilliance and the grit of Kane, this game had it all. "In the second half, we were very competitive and did everything we could to try to come back".
Coutinho performed a minor miracle to keep the ball in play on the byline with Rakitic launching himself into a sensational 20-yard volley that clipped the post on its way into Lloris' net.
Barca had 62 percent possession and produced 13 shots, eight of which went on frame, to stay in first place in Group B with six points. Everyone who has played against him has said the same thing.
Alas for the Premier League side, they would soon see their opponents regain their two-goal advantage, with Messi finally getting the goal he deserved after another fabulous attack. Lucas Moura could have equalised.
Barcelona ran out 4-2 winners in the end at Wembley but Spurs almost forced a famous comeback after clawing the game back to 3-2.