In the clash with Olympiacos, Lionel Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition with the Argentine forward needing only 122 matches to reach the milestone.
His opening match came back in December 2004 against Shakhtar Donetsk under Frank Rijkaard’s tutelage.Rather ironically, his first European goal then came against Greek opposition in Panathinaikos, goalkeeper Mario Galinovic becoming the first to concede to the imperious forward in the Champions League.
Several goalkeepers have gone up against Messi with varying degrees of success over his career and the two who have conceded the most to him have been Bernd Leno and Christian Abbiati, with seven.In fact, Messi has notched against 37 different teams in Europe and has only failed to score against seven of the sides he has faced.
In all four Champions League matches the 30-year-old has played against Atletico Madrid, he has failed to score a single goal, despite having netted 27 times against Los Colchoneros in domestic tournaments.
Arsenal are his favourite rival, over the course of all his meetings with the North London club, the Argentine has scored nine times, the next closest are AC Milan and Celtic with eight each.
Being predominantly left footed, it should come as little surprise that 82 of Messi’s 100 goals have come from his natural side and 14 have been courtesy of his right foot while just four have been headers, including his memorable goal against Manchester United in the 2009 final.
The Argentine thus becomes the second ever footballer to reach this milestone with Cristiano Ronaldo taking 143 matches to hit 100 European goals.