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Lionel Messi is one of the greatest players ever to grace European club football’s grandest stage, the UEFA Champions League.

During his time spent at Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, Messi made 163 appearances in the top competition on the European club calendar, playing some of the finest football the game has ever witnessed.

He is one of the leading goal scorers in the history of the tournament and a multiple winner of a trophy coveted by the very best players in the game today.

He has also set some remarkable records during his career in the competition, some that may not ever be matched or beaten. Although he is unlikely to play in UEFA competitions again — whenever he moves on from Inter Miami in MLS, a move to a major European side is unlikely at his age — his achievements will stand the test of time.

The Sporting News takes a look at how many Champions League medals Lionel Messi has won, how many goals he scored, and his notable records in the competition.

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Lionel Messi in UEFA Champions League: All-time record and trophies won

Messi has won the UEFA Champions League four times in his career, although, curiously, he has only played in three finals.

When Barcelona defeated Arsenal 2-1 in Paris in the 2006 final, the 18-year-old Messi was not involved in the match because of a hamstring injury.

Reports have stated he was so devastated about not being able to play, he opted against joining in with the celebrations — something he later admitted he regrets.

How many UEFA Champions League goals has Lionel Messi scored?

Messi sits second in the all-time list for UEFA Champions League goals. He scored 129 in 160 games in the competition for Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

The all-time leading scorer in the competition is Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 140 goals in 183 games.

All-time most UEFA Champions League goals

Rank Name Goals Appearances Years  Club (s)
1. Cristiano Ronaldo 140 183 2003-present Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus
2. Lionel Messi 129 160 2005-present Barcelona, PSG
3. Robert Lewandowski 94 120 2011-present Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona
4. Karim Benzema 90 152 2005-present Real Madrid, Lyon
5. Raul 71 142 1995-2011 Real Madrid, Schalke

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Lionel Messi UEFA Champions League records

While Messi may not hold the most Champions League titles, he has still managed to set records in the competition throughout his career.

He is the leading goal scorer in the competition’s group stage, with 80 in total (71 of which came for Barcelona). His dominance extends to the knockout rounds, where he holds a record 29 goals in the Round of 16.

His loyalty to Barca also saw him set the record of 120 Champions League goals for the club. No player has more for one team.

  • Most Champions League group stage goals: 80 (71 for Barcelona)
  • Most Champions League round of 16 goals: 29
  • Most Champions League goals for one club: 120 (Barcelona)
  • Most successive seasons scoring in Champions League: 18

Lionel Messi UEFA Champions League all-time record, history

Messi has played in the UEFA Champions League in 18 different seasons for Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

A four-time winner, he has played in three finals and reached at least the semifinal stage on nine different occasions.

Season Club Stage reached Eliminated by
2005/06 Barcelona Champion
2006/07 Barcelona Rd of 16 Liverpool
(2-2, lost on away goals)
2007/08 Barcelona Semifinal Manchester United
(1-0 on agg.)
2008/09 Barcelona Champion
2009/10 Barcelona Semifinal Inter Milan
(3-2 on agg.)
2010/11 Barcelona Champion
2011/12 Barcelona Semifinal Chelsea
(3-2 on agg.)
2012/13 Barcelona Semifinal Bayern Munich
(7-0 on agg.)
2013/14 Barcelona Quarterfinal Atletico Madrid
(2-1 on agg.)
2014/15 Barcelona Champion
2015/16 Barcelona Quarterfinal Atletico Madrid
(3-2 on agg.)
2016/17 Barcelona Quarterfinal Juventus
(3-0 on agg.)
2017/18 Barcelona Quarterfinal AS Roma
(4-4, lost on away goals)
2018/19 Barcelona Semifinal Liverpool
(4-3 on agg.)
2019/20 Barcelona Quarterfinal Bayern Munich
(8-2 result)*
2020/21 Barcelona Round of 16 PSG
(5-2 on agg.)
2021/22 PSG Round of 16 Real Madrid
(3-2 on agg.)
2022/23 PSG Round of 16 Bayern Munich
(3-0 on agg.)

*Single-elimination match played due to COVID-19 restrictions 

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