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Messi keeps pressure on Ronaldo in race to 100 European goals

Lionel Messi scored his 93rd goal in Europe on Tuesday against Moenchengladbach, meaning he's now only two behind Cristiano Ronaldo as both vie to be the first to reach 100 strikes.

 Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates a goal

Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund

After scoring in the 4-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach in Barcelona’s final group game of the Champions League on Tuesday night, Lionel Messi continued to cut into Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal lead in the competition as both look to become the first man in history to bag 100 European strikes.

Cristiano 95, Messi 93

Messi and Ronaldo continue in the race to 100 European goals
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Messi and Ronaldo continue in the race to 100 European goalsFERNANDO ZUERASDIARIO AS

Messi now has a total of 93 in the continental tournament to the 95 of Ronaldo – who plays on Wednesday night at the Bernabéu versus Borussia Dortmund – and 10 in the Champions League this season alone.

That compares to just the two occasions that the Real Madrid forward has found the back of the net in his side’s European 2016/17 campaign, although Messi has now played one game more.

Race to 100 

At the start of their respective European adventures in September, it looked as though it would be just a matter of time before the Madrid number seven reached the century milestone, however Messi has dramatically reduced the deficit from a gap of nine goals at the end of last season, to just two as it currently stands now.


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