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23.05.2010 12:59

Messi leading scorer in Champions League


With the European season coming to its end at the Bernabeu on Saturday night, Leo Messi, already crowned as Spain and Europe’s top scorer, was also confirmed as the leading marksman of this year’s Champions League.

Messi had already equalled Ronaldo’s record 34 league goals for the club and won the Golden Boot Award with 68 points and after Saturday’s win for Inter in Madrid, he was also confirmed as the leading scorer in this year’s Champions League for the second year running with a total of eight goals.

Olic draws a blank in final

The only player with any realistic chance of beating Messi in the competition was Bayern’s Ivica Olic, who’d scored seven going into the final, but the massive Inter defence and their Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar kept him out and left him in joint second place with Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Opener at Nou Camp

2010-03-17_PARTIDO_09.JPGMessi opened his scoring in this year’s competition with the second goal in Barca’s 2-0 win over Dynamo Kiev at the Nou Camp and was on target again in the return game in the Ukraine, bagging the winning goal in the 1-2 victory after Xavi had opened the scoring and in the last 16 he scored twice in the team’s 4-0 win over Stuttgart.

Four against Arsenal

2010-04-06_PARTIDO_07.JPGIt was in the quarter final against Arsenal that Messi really shone, scoring all four goals in the 4-1 win over the Gunners at the Nou Camp, after Wenger’s team had actually gone one up.

Messi leading scorer in Champions League
Champions League Goal Scorers 2009/10

8: Leo Messi (FC Barcelona).

7: Olic (Bayern Munich) i Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

6: Diego Milito (Inter).

5: Bendtner (Arsenal); Chamakh (Bordeux) and Rooney (Manchester United).

4: Ibrahimovic and Pedro (FC Barcelona); Cesc Fábregas (Arsenal); Robben (Bayern Munich); Krasic (CSKA Moscow), Jovetic (Florentina); Owen (Manchester United); Pjanic (Lyon); Falcao (Porto) and Dzeko (Wolfsburg).

The other Barca scorers were Piqué, with two goals and Bojan and Xavi, with one apiece.

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