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Lionel Messi: Sneak peek at PSG star’s sensational record against England sides ahead of Man City Champions League clash


Lionel Messi will be hoping to continue his incredible record against English teams with another goal in Paris Saint-Germain clash with Manchester City on Wednesday night.

The Argentine scored his first goal for PSG when the two sides met in September’s Champions League second leg.

Messi waited until playing against an English side to score his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain
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Although Messi has never played in the Premier League, he has a phenomenal record against the English elite since his time at Barcelona.

Here, talkSPORT.com takes a look at the 33-year-old’s stats against the traditional ‘Big Six’ …


Chelsea

Appearances: 10

Objectives: 3

It took the Argentine star until his ninth meeting with the Blues before he got his name on the scoresheet as the two sides shared memorable Champions League battles.

Lionel Messi: Sneak peek at PSG star’s sensational record against England sides ahead of Man City Champions League clash
Messi broke his duck against Chelsea in 2018

He was shut out in the last 16 games in 2005-06 – playing just 24 minutes in the second leg – in the two group matches the following season and the semi-finals in 2009 and 2012.

He finally broke the duck last season following Andreas Christensen’s mistake in a 1-1 draw in the round of 16 before scoring twice in a 3-0 second leg win.

Arsenal

Appearances: 6

Goals: 9

Messi’s biggest one-on-one night against England’s opposition came in April 2010 when he avoided a quarter-final upset with a stunning four-goal flurry against Arsene Wenger’s Gunners.

Lionel Messi: Sneak peek at PSG star’s sensational record against England sides ahead of Man City Champions League clash
Messi has scored nine goals against Arsenal

His double in the second leg in the round of 16 of the following season had a similar effect, with Barca winning 4-3 on aggregate, while he scored three of their goals in a 5-1 aggregate success. at the same stage in 2016.

Manchester city

Appearances: 7

Goals: 7

A hat-trick in the 4-0 win in October 2016 in Group C, when Pep Guardiola returned to Camp Nou, strengthened Messi’s record against City.

He also scored in the second leg the following month, having found the net in both matches of Barca’s 4-1 total victory in the last 16 of the 2013-14 competition.

Lionel Messi: Sneak peek at PSG star’s sensational record against England sides ahead of Man City Champions League clash
Messi has a brilliant record against Man City

It took Messi nearly three months to score his first Ligue 1 goal for PSG, but he clinched in the Champions League just weeks after making his debut.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner took great pleasure in adding to his perfect scoring record in every game against City with a 2-0 victory in September.

Manchester United

Appearances: 6

Goals: 4

Ahead of his two quarter-final second leg goals this month, Messi had only scored twice in five appearances against the Red Devils.

Lionel Messi: Sneak peek at PSG star’s sensational record against England sides ahead of Man City Champions League clash
Messi dismantled Man United earlier this month

Those goals, however, both came into the final – a header in 2009 and a superb 20-yard effort in 2011 – as he saved his best for the big occasion. The latter was his first goal on English soil.

Tottenham

Appearances: 2

Objectives: 2

Messi had to wait until the 2018/19 season to finally face Spurs, who were then drawn in Group B alongside Barca.

Lionel Messi: Sneak peek at PSG star’s sensational record against England sides ahead of Man City Champions League clash
Messi has two out of two against Spurs

He marked the occasion with a brace in his side’s 4-2 win at Wembley, before playing just 28 minutes from the game at home.

Liverpool

Appearances: 4

Objectives: 2

Messi, 19, faced Liverpool twice in the 2006/07 Champions League campaign and failed to find his way to the net in both games.

Lionel Messi: Sneak peek at PSG star’s sensational record against England sides ahead of Man City Champions League clash
Messi didn’t score against Liverpool

He played the entire duration of both matches but was held at bay as Liverpool won 2-1 at Camp Nou and progressed on away goals after a 1-0 loss at home.

The Argentine had to wait another 12 years for a chance to score against the Reds, and the boy did so with a superb free kick in a 3-0 win in 2019.

However, Messi went blank in the rematch at Anfield with Alisson making a big save from his weak second-half effort.

And the Argentina captain could only watch in horror as Liverpool make a memorable 4-0 comeback and win the Champions League that season.

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