Lionel Messi Scores 100th Goal In Europe To Take Barcelona Closer To Qualifying For Champions League
Barcelona has been a powerhouse on the global football stage because they have some of the best players in the world representing them. The had one of the best striking attacks in world football with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar Jr. However all that changed a few months ago when Neymar Jr decided to leave Barcelona and head over to PSG.
Barcelona fans were concerned that their team would fall behind with Neymar Jr’s departure but Lionel Messi who is widely regarded as the best player in the world stepped up his game and Neymar Jr’s departure hasn’t hurt Barcelona all that bad.
Barcelona Move Closer To Qualifying
Barcelona took on Olympiakos on Wednesday and completely dominated their opposition to win comfortably by a 3-1 margin. Barcelona took the lead in the 18th minute when Olympiakosdefender Dimitrios Nikolaou scored an own goal after deflecting a shot from Gerard Deulofeu into his own goal. Barca were down to 10 men in the second half after Gerard Pique received two bookings in the first half and was sent off.
Even though Olympiakos were playing against 10 men, they struggled to keep Barca at bay. Lionel Messi would showcase his brilliance with a free kick and score in the 61st minute to give Barcelona a 2-0 lead. Lucas Digne who plays for France would score Barc’s third goal to give them a commanding 3-0 scoreline. Olympiakos managed to pull things back and salvage some pride in what was a relatively one sided match after 19 year old Nikolaou scored during the final minutes of the game to make it 3-1. Barcelona are now very close to qualifying for the Champions League playoffs.
Lionel Messi Joins Ronaldo In 100 Club
Most fans will forget the Barcelona vs. Olympiakos encounter on October 18 but for the fact that it was in this match that Lionel Messi scored his 100th goal in Europe. Messi has now joined Cristiano Ronaldo as being the only two players in the world to have scored 100 goals or more in Europe.
Ronaldo and Messi have widely been regarded as the two best players in the world for a long period of time. Ronaldo has scored 110 Champions League goals to Messi’s 97; 2 UEFA Super Cup goals to Messi’s 3 and 1 UCL Qualifying Goal with Messi at 0. Ronaldo has scored a total of 113 goals in Europe with Messi just hitting 100 mark.