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How Messi's 100 European goals were scored

Barcelona's Lionel Messi has emulated Cristiano Ronaldo in reaching 100 goals in UEFA club competition; UEFA.com dissects the Argentinian marvel's body of work.

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Lionel Messi has scored 100 goals in European competition in 122 games. After watching three matches from the bench, he made his competition debut in a 2-0 defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk on 7 December 2004 – aged 17.

How they were scored
Right foot – 16
Left foot – 80 (including five free-kicks and nine penalties)
Header – 4

Slow start
After four goalless outings – and nearly a year after his competition debut – Messi scored his first UEFA goal in a 5-0 thrashing of Panathinaikos on 2 November 2005. It remains the longest wait for a goal in his European career, though he has gone four games without scoring in three subsequent spells: October 2006–March 2007, March–September 2008 and February–April 2015.

Goal progression
1–20 – 42 games
21–40 – 21
41–60 – 18
61–80 – 23
81–100 – 18

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Hat-trick king
Messi shares with Cristiano Ronaldo the European record for hat-tricks: seven in total, including one four-goal haul (v Arsenal, 6 April 2010) and five in a 7-0 triumph over Leverkusen (7 March 2012) – the latter tally a first for the UEFA Champions League (group stage to final). Last season he broke further new ground by hitting hat-tricks in successive appearancesagainst Celtic and Manchester City.

Peak periods
Those two trebles heralded a run of five straight games in which he claimed at least one UEFA Champions League goal – ten goals in all from September–December 2016. He had previously registered in a career-best five consecutive European matches from September 2013 to March 2014 (undeterred by missing several games through injury) and September to December 2014. His most prolific period was between November 2011 and March 2012, when he squeezed ten goals into just four matches.

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Most goals against (100)
9 – Arsenal
8 – AC Milan, Celtic
7 – Bayer Leverkusen
6 – Ajax, Manchester City
4 – Bayern München , Panathinaikos, Paris Saint-Germain, Spartak Moskva
3 – APOEL, København, Lyon, Viktoria Plzeň, Shakhtar Donetsk, Stuttgart
2 – Basel, BATE Borisov, Dynamo Kyiv, Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Roma, Sevilla
1 – Borussia Mönchengladbach, Olympiacos, Porto, Rangers, Sporting CP, Werder Bremen

Home and away
The Camp Nou has been Messi's happiest hunting ground in Europe, with 55 of his strikes coming on home soil. He has also netted five times at neutral venues in UEFA Champions League finals and UEFA Super Cup games, plus 40 goals on the road.

High-water mark
Messi has been at his very best in the earliest stages of this competiton; his 60 in the group stage and 21 in the round of 16 are both tournament records. He bagged 14 goals in 11 games in his best UEFA Champions League campaign of 2011/12 – and managed an even more impressive rate in 2016/17 with 11 in nine outings.

Goals by round
Group stage – 60
Round of 16 – 21
Quarter-finals – 10
Semi-finals – 4
Finals – 5

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Winning mentality
Messi scoring generally means game over for Barcelona's European opponents – they have won almost 84% of the matches in which he has struck. He has scored in a losing cause in only three European fixtures.

When Messi scores his team have ...
Won 52
Drawn 7
Lost 3

Most goals in UEFA club competition
113 – Cristiano Ronaldo (151 games)
100 – Lionel Messi (122)
76 – Raúl González (158)
70 – Filippo Inzaghi (114)
67 – Andriy Shevchenko (142)

 
Uno-a-Cero // The Road Continues

VITA CALCIO caught up with PCC Men's Soccer at Azusa Pacific University. In what was a thriller that went into double over-time. PCC pulled away with a 1-0 win over freeway rivals Chaffey College. In what ends a dramatic series and places PCC at a 3-0-0 overall past Chaffey College. To see more images from the game click on the image below. PCC are set to play Golden West in the 2nd Round of the Southern California Regional Playoffs, Tuesday, November 22nd @ 3:00PM. Good Luck!!!

@pcclancer Men's soccer celebrate with a mannequin challenge after scoring in overtime against Chaffey College. #⚽️ Artin Almary (115') 1st round of playoffs✔️✔️✔️

@pcclancer Men's soccer celebrate with a mannequin challenge after scoring in overtime against Chaffey College. #⚽️ Artin Almary (115') 1st round of playoffs✔️✔️✔️

ROAD TO PLAYOFFS // PCC MEN'S SOCCER

With only a week before playoffs the Pasadena City College Men's Soccer Team have a well deserved playoff berth against new rivals Chaffey College at Azusa Pacific University at 1:00PM PST!

The Lancer's are coming into the the playoffs with an edge, having outscored Chaffey by 5 goals in their past two matches in the SCC North. Their playoff match location and time is yet to be announced, for details visit PCC Lancer's.  Good Luck!!! 

Photos from PCC Men's soccer recent match against rival Mt. Sac on their road to Playoffs

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ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIĆ: NIKE TO ADIDAS & BACK.

It's been a few weeks since their release but the Adidas Pure Chaos were looking fit for a derby match and who other than  Zlatan Ibrahimović to rise to the occasion and wear them. 

{Image source: Reuters}  Zlatan Ibrahimović and Paul Pogba Warm-Up before their derby against neighboring rival Manchester City. 

{Image source: Reuters} Zlatan Ibrahimović and Paul Pogba Warm-Up before their derby against neighboring rival Manchester City. 

 

The hype took a shortfall after a lackadaisical first half from the big man himself.  It may have been a long night of FIFA 17, or who knows what other distractions may exist in the world of Ibrahimović. But The biggest change didn't come from the bench but from the locker rooms. Zlatan made  a boot switch from his Adidas Pure Chaos to the Nike Mercurial Vapor X, part of Nike's Radiant Reveal Pack.  

 

{📷  Niky's-Sports.Com // Adidas Pure Chaos FG Cleats: White/Black/Gold}

{Image source: Reuters}   Zlatan Ibrahimovic  versus Manchester City's  Otamendi

{Image source: Reuters} Zlatan Ibrahimovic versus Manchester City's  Otamendi

 

Soon after he made the boot switch it was game on as soon as he put on his Vapors. In the 54th minute he dribbled the ball in the 18-yard box and gave a pass inside towards the penalty spot,  there  Juan Mata appeared and  came towards the ball, slotting it towards the far left post and into the back of the net. It would prove to be enough to put Manchester ahead and give them bragging rights until the next derby finish. 

{Image Source from left to right: Getty //  Niky's-Sports}  Zlatan in full stride after switching from Nike to Adidas & Back. 

{Image Source from left to right: Getty //  Niky's-Sports} Zlatan in full stride after switching from Nike to Adidas & Back. 

It was clear the big man was in full stride after switching from Nike to Adidas & back.

With the likes of Neymar Jr. and Leo Messi switching boots during the half I may just have to give it a try during my next match. 😜

REMEMBER YOUR FIRST PAIR OF COPA'S? 😍
BACKGROUND: CAPTAIN'S PAIR OF COPA'S @ ROSE BOWL IN PASADENA, CALIFORNIA. 

BACKGROUND: CAPTAIN'S PAIR OF COPA'S @ ROSE BOWL IN PASADENA, CALIFORNIA. 

CLASSIC & COMFORTABLE. 

I remember putting on my first pair of Copa's. The brand with three stripes, the kangaroo leather, the extra long laces that had to be wrapped around like spaghetti straps twice to get the comfortable-tight feel. The separate purchase of the tongue ties, leather cleaner and shoe bag. 

I was just a kid who looked up to his brother and remember the words murmured from my father to him,  you're getting a pair once you've reached a competitive level.  What was that competitive level?  Who knows really. But was was definitely true was that Adidas Copa Mundial was the best cleat any kid could have and only the best kids on the field wore them. 

Will Copa's survive to see another century with all the new technology today, color variations, and hype around the latest and greatest trendy shoes, we will just have to see. Share your thoughts below and let us know about your first pair of Copa's. 

20 YEARS AGO.

{France v Israel, Euro '96 Qualifier}Zinedine Zidane 20 years ago. Wearing his copa's at an early age during his international cap with France.

THE 3 MUST HAVES WHEN YOU OWN COPA'S 😜