Thursday 19 October 2017, 05:51

Messi cracks another milestone

  • Lionel Messi scores 100th goal in European competition

  • Nominated for The Best FIFA Men's Player 2017

  • Awards take place on Monday in London

Barcelona forward and The Best nominee Lionel Messi has achieved yet another goalscoring milestone after netting his 100th goal in European competition on Wednesday.

Messi scored with a trademark inch-perfect free-kick in the second half of Barcelona’s comfortable 3-1 home UEFA Champions League victory over Olympiacos.

The Argentinian set up numerous other opportunities for his team-mates, before one such opening was converted by Lucas Digne as Barcelona maintained their perfect record after three matchdays.

Messi is the second player to achieve the feat after fellow The Best nominee Cristiano Ronaldo did likewise in April. Messi has scored 60 group-stage goals, four more than the Portuguese who has now pushed his overall tally to 113.

The pair remain well clear on the all-time scorers’ list with retired Spanish great Raul netting 76 goals in continental competition.

The Best FIFA Football Awards will take place next Monday in London with Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar short-listed for the men’s award.