Ten years since Leo Messi's first Champions League goal

Leo Messi has gone on to score a total of 77 Champions League goals
The Argentinian got the first of 77 goals against Panathinaikos at the Camp Nou in November 2005

It was on 2 November 2005 that Leo Messi scored his first goal in the Champions League. It came in the 34th minute of a group stage match against Panathinaikos at the Camp Nou. And it was no ordinary goal. With Barça already leading 2-0 on a game that ended with the Catalans scoring five, the 18-year-old Argentinian gave us a glimpse of the magic to come by flicking the ball over goalkeeper Galinovic and tapping the ball home.

77 goals in 100 appearances

Barça would go on to win the title in Paris that season, while Leo Messi was destined to become the greatest player the game has ever seen. He’s scored 77 times in Europe’s premier club competition, winning the trophy four times (2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015). He’s the second top scorer in the history of the Champions League, just behind Cristiano Ronaldo, and has topped the season rankings in no fewer than five different editions (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015).

The team on the receiving end of the most Messi goals has been AC Milan, who’ve conceded a massive eight to his talents. His highest scoring matches came against Arsenal and Bayer Leverkusen. He got four against the Premiership side in 2010, and went one better with five on an extraordinary evening against the Bundesliga team in 2012. And Messi also gets goals when they really matter, like the one against Real Madrid at the Bernabéu in the 2011 semi-final and goals in the 2009 and 2011 finals, both against Manchester United.

Statement from the FC Barcelona first team

FC Barcelona released an official Club statement on Sunday evening. / FCB
The players respond to reactions regarding their celebration of both the victory and their recent level of play, which coincided with Halloween

Given the reaction to the decision of the FC Barcelona players to celebrate the team’s victory as well as their recent good play, and which coincided with Halloween, the FC Barcelona first football team releases the following statement:

1. In no case was it our intention to offend and/or hurt any member of Getafe’s team.

2. Our emergence in the post-game interview area during Víctor Rodríguez’s press conference was an unfortunate and involuntary accident. We would like to personally apologise to him, as well as to express our respect for him. The images recorded demonstrate that one of the players who was participating said: “Where are we going? We went the wrong way.”

3. The team is aware of the responsibility that comes with being a player for FC Barcelona and would like to apologise to anyone who may have been offended, especially Getafe’s players and supporters. We have an unwavering commitment as well to the members and supporters of FC Barcelona, who have to be able to feel proud of the team, both on and off the field.

[RIVAL WATCH] Home wins for next two opponents

Villarreal earned their first win in four against Sevilla / www.villarrealcf.es
Barça’s next two opponents pick up victories against Sevilla and Las Palmas respectively

FC Barcelona’s next two league opponents showed their quality as both Villarreal and Real Madrid earned three points over the weekend, with the latter remaining level at the summit of the table with the Catalans.

Villarreal will visit Camp Nou next week in good spirits after an impressive 2-1 victory over Sevilla on Saturday. Goals from Mario Gaspar and Cedric Bakambu were enough to secure their first win in four matches. Marcelino’s men currently lie in fifth place, four points off the top of the league.

First place in La Liga is currently shared between Barça and Real Madrid, with less than three weeks before the two sides meet in the capital. Just hours before the Catalans defeated Getafe (0-2), Rafael Benitez’s side sailed to a comfortable 3-1 win over Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu to end the week level on points.

Pablo Hernandez’s last minute strike gave Celta Vigo a 2-3 win over Real Sociedad which sees them leapfrog Atlético Madrid into third place after Diego Simeone’s team could only manage a 1-1 draw away to Deportivo La Coruña.

How the minutes have been meted out by Luis Enrique

Luis Suárez has scored 11 goals in 1,380 minutes played this season. / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
A total of 27 different players have seen action for FC Barcelona so far this season

Which players have accumulated the most? The answer might surprise you

The UEFA Super Cup on August 11 was the official opening of the 2015/16 season for FC Barcelona. Two and a half months later, the team coach by Luis Enrique has already played in five different competitions — the aforementioned final in Tbilisi, the Spanish Super Cup against Athletic Club, ten games in La Liga, three Champions League duels and a Copa del Rey match — with one more, the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup, still to play this December. All that adds up to seventeen official matches so far, and an astounding quantity of minutes which have been distributed among 27 players in all — 22 from the first, four from Barça B, and Pedro, who was shipped to Chelsea before league play opened up. Here’s a look at the number of minutes played by each player:

Luis Suárez (1,380): He’s played almost everything, leads the team in minutes played and has scored eleven goals.

Sergio Busquets (1,275): The midfielder has owned the centre of the pitch in La Liga.

Ivan Rakitic (1,201): A huge piece of the midfield and the author of a brace away at BATE Borisov.

Mascherano (1,191): Undisputed Luis Enrique, who could not have him suspended against Getafe and neither can do against Villarreal.

Neymar Jr. (1,077): He missed the beginning of the season with the mumps, leads La Liga in goal scoring with nine.

Gerard Piqué (986): After a four-matches suspension, the central defender has played every league match.

Dani Alves (967): The right wing-back has shared time with Sergi Roberto.

Jérémy Mathieu (907): He has played twelve matches at centre- and left-back.

Sergi Roberto (899): He’s had playing time in the midfield and on defence, and produced a pair of sublime assists against Getafe on Saturday night.

Marc-André ter Stegen (840): He has nine appearances, including four in La Liga. Like last season, Luis Enrique has anointed Ter Stegen Barça’s Champions League goalkeeper.

Jordi Alba (840): Despite injuries, he has played ten games at left-back.

Lionel Messi (790): The number 10 played every game until he was injured against Las Palmas.

Andrés Iniesta (731): His good start to the season was cut short by a right thigh injury, but came back to play 30 minutes against Getafe.

Claudio Bravo: (630): He missed six games with an injury but, since his return, has played every league game.

Munir El Haddadi (591): The winger has played in ten straight games.

Marc Bartra (570): The defender has played eight games, six as a starter, at centre-back.

Sandro Ramírez (482): The Canary Island native has played in all but four games.

Thomas Vermaelen (387): The defender is now ready to fully participate after a left calf injury hindered his start to the season.

Adriano Correia (359): The Brazilian has played in four games and offers Luis Enrique a multi-faceted option on the field.

Rafinha (332): A major player at the beginning of the year, a serious knee injury ended his season early.

Pedro Rodríguez (166): The striker was transferred before starting the league after a great career at the Club. His last goal won the UEFA Super Cup.

Gerard Gumbau (150): The young Barça B player has played five games in midfield.

Douglas (102): Despite playing against Rayo Vallecano and Villanovense, injuries have plagued the defender.

Jordi Masip (90): The third-string goalkeeper made his first appearance of the season in the Copa del Rey match at Villanueva de la Serena.

Sergi Samper (90): The Barça B midfielder played the full match in the first leg of the Copa del Rey last 32 against Villanovense.

Wilfrid Kaptoum (64): The young midfielder from Barça B debuted with the first team as a starter last Wednesday in Villanueva de la Serena.

Aitor Cantalapiedra (26): Like Kaptoum, this Barça B prospect debuted with the first team in the Copa del Rey.

* Stats by Opta