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MESSI AND RONALDO GOAL FOR GOAL

• Messi has scored 115 goals in 11,590 minutes of European football; that's a goal every 100 minutes and 47 seconds.

• The Argentinian has faced 40 different clubs in Europe (from 16 countries), failing to score against five: Atlético Madrid, Benfica, Inter, Rubin Kazan and Udinese.

Watch Messi's Champions League debut
Watch Messi's Champions League debut

• Atlético and Inter Milan are the sides Messi has gone longest without scoring against: 360 minutes in UEFA competition.

• Chelsea are the side Messi has played the most minutes against (835 minutes across ten matches); he did not score in his first 730 minutes against the Blues, but struck three times in two games against them in 2017/18.

• The keeper who has gone the longest without conceding against Messi in Europe is Inter's Júlio César – 270 minutes – though Rubin Kazan's Sergei Ryzhikov may feel he has the moral right to that title. He has been unbeaten in 237 minutes against Messi; that run took in four matches, as opposed to Júlio César's three.

Júlio César: Messi's ultimate adversary?
Júlio César: Messi's ultimate adversary?©Getty Images

• Alisson Becker came within 15 minutes of taking that honour from compatriot Júlio César before Messi struck his first of the 2018/19 semi-final as the Brazilian stopper did not concede against Messi for Roma in last season's quarter-final. Within seven minutes Messi had managed another.

• Messi has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other team in UEFA competition – nine in 447 minutes comprising six games. On average, that's a goal every 49 minutes and 40 seconds.

• The Blaugrana man's most amenable opponents may have been Bayer Leverkusen: Messi has hit seven goals in 270 minutes against them, at a rate of one every 38 minutes and 34 seconds. Five of those strikes famously came in one match, a 7-1 win on 7 March 2012.

Who has Messi scored against in UEFA competition?

Opponents
by club
Games Minutes Goals Minutes
per goal
AC Milan 8 720 8 90m
APOEL 2 180 3 60m
Ajax 3 247 6 41m 10s
Arsenal 6 447 9 49m 40s
Atlético 4 360 - -
Basel 2 120 2 60m
BATE 1 90 2 45m
Bayern 5 450 4 112m 30s
Benfica 2 122 - -
Bremen 2 49 1 49m
Celtic 6 488 8 61m
Chelsea 10 835 3 278m 20s
Dortmund 1 31 - -
Dynamo Kyiv 2 180 2 90m
Internazionale 4 360 - -
Juventus 5 394 2 197m
Copenhagen 2 180 3 60m
Leverkusen 3 270 7 38m 34s
Liverpool 4 360 2 180m
Lyon 6 538 5 107m 36s
Manchester City 6 540 6 90m
Manchester United      4 512 4 128m
Mönchengladbach 1 90 1 90m
Olympiacos 2 180 1 180m
Panathinaikos 4 293 4 73m 25s
Paris 8 614 4 153m 30s
Plzeň 2 180 3 60m
Porto 1 90 1 90m
PSV 2 180 4 45m
Rangers 2 180 1 180m
Real Madrid        2 180 2 90m
Roma 4 360 2 180m
Rubin Kazan 4 237 - -
Sevilla 2 210 2 105m
Shakhtar 5 420 3 140m
Spartak Moskva 2 180 4 45m
Sporting CP 4 266 1 266m
Stuttgart 3 270 3 90m
Tottenham 2 117 2 58m 30s
Udinese 1 70 - -
TOTAL 141 11590 115 100m 47s

• Of the big five European footballing nations, German opponents seem to suit Messi best: he scores on average every 70 minutes and 34 seconds against Bundesliga clubs. Goals are much rarer against sides from England (every 102m 8s), France (128m), Italy (158m 40s) and Spain (187m 30s).

• Messi may relish Portuguese rearguards least of all; in 478 minutes against Liga teams, he has scored just twice – a goal every 239 minutes.

Which nations' clubs has Messi scored against?

Opponents by nationality Games Minutes Goals Minutes
per goal
Belarus 1 90 2 45m
Cyprus 2 180 3 60m
Czech Republic 2 180 3 60m
Denmark 2 180 3 60m
England 34 2811 26 101m 12s
France 14 1152 9 128m
Germany 15 1160 16 72m 30s
Greece 6 473 5 94m 36s
Italy 22 1904 12 158m 40s
Netherlands 5 427 10 42m 42s
Portugal 7 478 2 239m
Russia 6 417 4 104m 15s
Scotland 8 668 9 74m 20s
Spain 8 750 4 187m 30s
Switzerland 2 120 2 60m
Ukraine 7 600 5 120m
TOTAL 141 11590 115 100m 47s

When Messi has scored his UEFA club competition goals

• Messi is relatively slow to get started after the whistle; his least prolific scoring periods are at the start of either half. By contrast, he seems to hit something of a critical goalscoring velocity in the final minutes, 14 goals between the 86th minute and the final whistle.

• Messi has scored 12 penalties in UEFA competition but failed to find the target with three; two saved (v Panathinaikos, September 2010, and v Manchester City, February 2015) and one against the crossbar (v Chelsea, April 2012).

Time Goals (penalties)
0–10 6
11–20 14 (2)
21–30 13 (2)
31–40 14 (1)
41–half-time 9 (1)
FIRST HALF 56
46–55 7 (2)
56–65 14 (2)
66–75 11 (1)
76–85 13 (1)
85–full-time 14
SECOND HALF 59
TOTAL 115

Last updated 15/10/19

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