Messi scores 100th European goal, Pique sees red in Barcelona's win

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Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has broken a world record set by longstanding rival Lionel Messi during his 91-goal year in 2012.

Nevertheless, Valverde still feels the mercurial Barcelona forward will always be the best and everyone knows that.

The milestones keep coming for Lionel Messi, who became the second player to score 100 goals in all European competitions.

"We were ahead and the opposition sat back".

Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC.


Former Everton man Gerard Deulofeu put a unsafe cross into the Olympiakos area and Nikolaou could only divert the ball into his own goal trying to cut it out.

Barca took the lead in the 18th minute at a rainswept and sparsely attended Nou Camp when visiting defender Dimitrios Nikolaou turned Gerard Deulofeu's cross into his own net.

The Brazil midfielder could only direct his header against the crossbar and Proto soon displayed his capabilities in a more pleasing light by thwarting Suarez one-on-one before parrying away to his right when Messi darted in field on to his lethal left foot.

Messi nearly grabbed his second of the night on 84 minutes, but Suarez's return pass to him in the area sent him wide of the goal and he fired over the crossbar.

They at least had the final word as Nikolaou rose to meet a right-wing corner from substitute Konstantinos Fortounis and end his personal ordeal on a positive note.

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