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.
Lionel Messi reached 100 career Champions League goals with his brace in Barcelona's Round of 16 second leg victory over Chelsea, and he reached the mark at a quicker rate than his great rival Ronaldo. So, how has he gone about his business in Europe's premier club competition? We delve into the numbers behind his success:
Messi has scored at least six Champions League goals for 11 consecutive seasons.
The Barcelona man's most prolific campaign was 2011-12 (14).
Messi shares the record with Cristiano Ronaldo for the most goals scored by a single player in the group stage (60).
The Argentine has also notched more goals in the Round of 16 than any other player (24).
BY PITCH AREA
Two-thirds (67.0%) of Messi's Champions league strikes have come from inside the penalty area (not including 6 yard box goals).
Just over a fifth (20.0%) have been scored from inside the 6 yard box.