What teams bring out the killer in Lionel Messi? Which teams are his kryptonite?
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Lionel Messi has scored well over 100 UEFA Champions League goals, but does he enjoy meeting some teams more than others?
• Messi has scored 123 goals in 12,490 minutes of European football; that's a goal every 101 minutes and 33 seconds.
• The Argentinian has faced 43 different clubs in Europe (from 17 countries), failing to score against five: Atlético Madrid, Benfica, Inter Milan, Rubin Kazan and Udinese.
• His goal against Ferencváros on 20 October 2020 meant Messi has scored versus a record 39 clubs in the competition.
• Atlético and Inter are the sides Messi has gone longest without scoring against: 360 minutes in UEFA competition.
• Chelsea are the team Messi has played the most minutes against (835 across ten matches); he did not score in his first 730 minutes facing the Blues, but struck three times in two games against them in 2017/18.
• The keeper who has gone the longest without conceding against Messi in Europe is Inter's Júlio César – 270 minutes – though Rubin Kazan's Sergei Ryzhikov may feel he has the moral right to that title. He has been unbeaten in 237 minutes against Messi; that run took in four matches, as opposed to Júlio César's three.
• Messi has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other team in UEFA competition – nine in 447 minutes comprising six games. On average, that's a goal every 49 minutes and 40 seconds.
• The Blaugrana man's most amenable opponents are Bayer Leverkusen: Messi has hit seven goals in 270 minutes against them, at a rate of one every 38 minutes and 34 seconds. Five of those strikes famously came in one match, a 7-1 win on 7 March 2012.
Who has Messi scored against in UEFA competition?
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• Of the big five European footballing nations, German opponents seem to suit Messi best: he scores on average every 73 minutes and 32 seconds against Bundesliga clubs. Goals are much rarer against sides from England (every 101 minutes 12 seconds), France (121 minutes 5 seconds), Italy (155 minutes 17 seconds) and Spain (187 minutes 30 seconds).
• Messi may relish Portuguese defences least of all; in 478 minutes against Liga teams, he has scored just twice – a goal every 239 minutes.
Which nations' clubs has Messi scored against?
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When Messi has scored his UEFA club competition goals
• Messi is relatively slow to get started after the whistle; his least prolific scoring periods are at the start of either half. By contrast, he seems to hit something of a critical goalscoring mass in the closing stages: 15 goals between the 86th minute and the final whistle.
Last updated 23/03/2021