Lionel Messi scored his 100th Champions League goal in their emphatic 3-0 win over Chelsea on Wednesday.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was the difference maker in the match, scoring two goals and setting up fellow forward Ousmane Dembele for the third. The marksman scored his goals with amazing flair, nutmegging Chelsea goalie Thibaut Courtois on both occasions. The first goal, which the 30-year-old scored in the third minute of the fixture, was also the fastest that of his illustrious career.
Speaking at an interview following the match, Messi expressed his delight at reaching the career milestone by stating, “I’m happy to have reached 100 goals in such a beautiful competition, but the important thing was to move forward in a difficult match against a team with lots of really good players.
Leo continued, “We managed to score early and this was important. I’m happy with how it all happened. This was a tough match and we were strong as a team. When we scored the third then the tie was practically ours.”
Archnemesis Cristiano Ronaldo remains the only man with more Champions League goals in the history of the competition. The Real Madrid star has scored an impressive 117 goals in 148 appearances – a fete that only Messi appears capable of challenging.
Ronaldo, however, had a two-year head start, having first featured in the competition in 2003 as compared to Messi, who first competed in 2005. Messi’s goal per game ratio in the Champions League is also higher at 0.81 as compared to Ronaldo’s 0.79.