Messi celebrating the first goal against Bayern Munich / GERMÁN PARGA-FCB

Leo Messi is an unstoppable talent for any defence. That was the message sent last week by Pep Guardiola in the press room ahead of the first leg of the semi-final between Barça and Bayern. On the field the Argentine demonstrated just how right his former coach was with two goals that brought Camp Nou to its feet – the second in particular – and he also created the third for Neymar. Messi’s exhibition is reflected in the overall statistics for the Champions League in 2014/15.

The Argentine has scored 10 goals in 11 matches and leads the goalscoring charts in Europe’s top club competition, ahead of both Luiz Adriano of Shaktar Donetsk and Cristiano Ronaldo who both have nine. All the goals he has scored this season have been scored from inside the area, five with his right foot, four with his left and one with his head. Those figures allow him to be the top goalscorer in the competition’s history with 77 goals.

He also creates goals

Aside from scoring goals with his two feet, Messi also creates them. This season he has five assists to his name, just ahead of the four assists by fellow blaugranes Iniesta, Dani Alves and by Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea), Koke (Atlético Madrid) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

With the ball in play, Messi top striker and sixth overall in the category of who has completed most passes (618), well ahead of other strikers such as Pastore (455), Götze (380) and Tévez (375).

Together with Ter Stegen, Messi is the only player in Luis Enrique¡s side who has played all 11 matches. He has played 967 minutes out of a possible 990 and is ninth in the list of players with most minutes in this season’s Champions League.


CENTURY IN EUROPE. In the first semi-final against Bayern, Messi reached 100 games in European competition: 97 matches in the Champions League and three in the European Super Cup.


BREAKING RECORDS. In this season’s Champions League, in the game in Amsterdam against Ajax, Messi grabbed his 71st goal in the competition in a 2-0 win to equal Raúl González as the all time top scorer. Currently, he is on 77 goals, just one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.