Messi reaches Champions League century, promises more to come

Sep 18, 2015, 08:22 IST | IANS

Rome: FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has promised more on-field magic in the future after making his 100th Champions League appearance for the Spanish giants in Wednesday's 1-1 group stage draw against AS Roma.

Defending champions Barcelona opened their account in the 2015-16 season of the competition by bagging a point in the Italian capital, with Alessandro Florenzi's wonder goal from the halfway line denying the visitors full points. Luis Suarez scored for Barcelona.

Messi, who became the youngest ever footballer to reach a century of Champions League games, said he is still hungry for more success. "I'm really happy to have played 100 games in the best club competition in the world," the 28-year forward wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

Lionel Messi. Pic/AFP

"There have been a lot of European nights to remember and there are many more magic nights to come," the Argentine football icon added. Messi has won four Champions League titles with Barcelona, although he is still 57 appearances off former Camp Nou teammate Xavi as the competitions' record appearance maker.

Messi led his team to glory in last season's Champions League, finishing as joint-top goalscorer alongside Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo as well as the top creator with six assists. Barca currently top La Liga with three wins from as many games.

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