Lionel Messi: A double for 100 in the Champions League

The Argentine star is approaching another milestone

Messi hizo el empate en Stamford Bridge y consiguió marcar al Chelsea por primera vez | BEINSPORTS

Leo Messi is two goals away from 100 in the Champions League. The No 10 took five games to score in the competition, back in the day against Panathinaikos at Camp Nou, the first UCL match he played 90 minutes in. From then he has conquered most of his opponents. His best season was 2011-12 with 14 goals.

David Salinas

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THE SPLITS

Messi has hit 55 UCL goals at Camp Nou and in 27 other stadiums has netted 43 goals - two of them in finals. Celtic Park is his favourite place to score on the road, netting five.

At the Parc des Princes he has 2, Santiago Bernabeu 2, Amsterdam Arena 1, Stamford Bridge 1, San Siro 1, Emirates 2, Wembley 1... in the GSP Stadium in Nicosia and the Eden Stadium in Prague, he has hat-tricks.

But Leo has not been able to celebrate everywhere. Anfield, Ibrox Park, Old Trafford, Allianz Arena, Kazán Arena, Vicente Calderón, Juventus Stadium and Georgios Karaiskakis have survived. Although he did score at the Calderon in other competitions.

Gráfico goles Messi en Champions
Messi suma 98 goles en la Champions. | MARC CREUS

Messi has scored against 29 sides, with Arsenal his favourite victims - 9 goals. Milan and Celtic (8), Bayer Leverkusen (7) and Ajax and Manchester City (6) follow. 29 sides, representing 16 countries.

Messi has 60 in the group stage in 63 games. In the last 16 he has 21, 7 in the quarter-finals, 8 in the semi-finals and two in finals - in 2009 in Rome against Man United, and Wembley 2011, also against Man United.

The No 10 has played 122 UCL games, missing 28 - though mostly through injury - although he was rested sometimes after Barca had already qualified for the next round. Of the 122 he started all bar 11.

He has 71 wins, 33 draws and 18 defeats, in over 10,000 minutes of action.

If he does get to 100 goals against Chelsea, he'll be the second player to do so - Cristiano Ronaldo has 117 goals in the competition.

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