Messi becomes youngest Champions League centurion
The Barcelona forward stepped out on to the pitch against Roma on Wednesday to make his 100th appearance in the elite European competition
Lionel Messi has started Barcelona’s clash with Roma on Wednesday to become the youngest-ever footballer to play 100 Champions League games.
The Argentine joins an illustrious list of names – 33, in all – who have hit triple digits in terms of Champions League appearances, including qualification matches.
Luis Enrique selected Messi in his line-up for their first Champions League game of the season, with the 28-year-old forward having scored the winner on Saturday when the reigning Spanish champions saw off Atletico Madrid 2-1 in La Liga.
After beating Juventus in last season’s final, Barca start the defence of their European crown at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, where they beat Manchester United in the 2009 showpiece.