Messi emulates Ronaldo with 100th European goal

Lionel Messi's effort against Olympiacos on Wednesday makes him the second player after Cristiano Ronaldo to reach a century of goals in UEFA club competition.

From his first goal in 2005 to the strike that brought up his century against Olympiacos, see all of Lionel Messi’s first 100 goals in UEFA club competitions.

Lionel Messi has become the second player to reach 100 goals in UEFA club competition, taking 21 fewer matches than Cristiano Ronaldo, who achieved the feat in April.

His tally comprises 97 strikes in the UEFA Champions League and three in the UEFA Super Cup, and came in just 122 games. Messi opened his account against Panathinaikos on 2 November 2005 and got to 50 when he scored five against Bayer Leverkusen in the round of 16 on 7 March 2012. The next-highest non-European player is Didier Drogba on 50.

Watch Messi score his 100th European goal
Watch Messi score his 100th European goal

Most goals in UEFA club competition (*still active)
113 – Cristiano Ronaldo* (151 games)
100 – Lionel Messi* (122)
76 – Raúl González (158)
70 – Filippo Inzaghi (114)
67 – Andriy Shevchenko (142)
62 – Ruud van Nistelrooy (92)
61 – Gerd Müller (69)
59 – Thierry Henry (140)
59 – Henrik Larsson (108)
56 – Zlatan Ibrahimović* (139)
54 – Eusébio (70)
53 – Alessandro Del Piero (129)
51 – Karim Benzema* (99)
50 – Sergio Agüero* (86)
50 – Didier Drogba (102)
50 – Klaas-Jan Huntelaar* (87)

Statistics include qualifying and competition proper for the European Cup (including the UEFA Champions League), UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup.

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