Although there are many facets to Lionel Messi's game, his goalscoring frequency is up there with the very best in the history of the game. His record in the Champions League is typically staggering, and over the last decade the Argentine and his chief rival Cristiano Ronaldo have consistently raised the bar by which others are measured.
Currently on 106 career Champions League goals, Messi is hunting down his Portuguese nemesis for the overall record. So, how has he gone about his business in Europe's premier club competition? In this regularly updated analysis, we delve into the numbers behind his success:
Last updated after the 2018-19 Champions League group stage
Messi has scored at least six Champions League goals for 12 consecutive seasons.
The Barcelona man's most prolific campaign was 2011-12 (14).
Messi owns the record for the most goals scored by a single player in the group stage (66).
The Argentine has also notched more goals in the Round of 16 than any other player (24).
BY PITCH AREA
Two-thirds (67.9%) of Messi's Champions league strikes have come from inside the penalty area (not including 6 yard box goals).
Just under a fifth (18.9%) have been scored from inside the 6 yard box.