On Wednesday, Lionel Messi played in his 100th UEFA Champions League match as FC Barcelona took on AS Roma, becoming the youngest to reach that mark.
Messi, at 28 years and 84 days, eclipsed Raúl's previous record (28 years, 239 days). Only 33 other players have reached the 100-game plateau.
Messi is the 15th player to reach this mark with one team. He has 77 goals, 33 assists and four Champions League trophies to go along with his 100 career appearances.
Xavi holds the all-time record for appearances with 157 showings (including qualifiers). If qualifiers are not included, then Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas is even with Xavi at 151 after reaching that milestone Wednesday night.
Messi made a rare appearance off the bench to score the game-winning goal in Saturday's 2–1 win over Atletico Madrid in La Liga but was held scoreless in Barcelona's 1-1 draw with Roma.
Messi's counterpart on Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo, has appeared in 120 games including qualifiers. Ronaldo bests Messi by two years in Champions League experience and leads him in all-time Champions League goals 80-77. Both passed Raúl last season to set the new career standard.
- Christopher Chavez