He has held many records and won trophies throughout his career. Messi once ruled Spain with Barcelona. He is also famous in Europe by winning several Champions League titles.
In the Champions League, Messi is the second all-time leading goalscorer with 120 goals, only behind Cristiano Ronaldo with 135 goals. Of the many clubs that Messi has faced on the European stage, there are several clubs that have become the Argentina captain’s goal barn. What clubs? Come on, see the following review!
1. Arsenal (9 goals)
Perhaps the best thing about Arsenal’s absence in the Champions League is that they don’t have to face Lionel Messi. Messi became one of the frightening specters for Arsenal in European football.
Arsenal have faced Lionel Messi in the Champions League six times. From these matches, Messi managed to break into the Gunners’ goal 9 times, and recorded 2 assists.
An unforgettable match was the 2009/2010 Champions League quarter-final second leg. Messi who is still defending Barcelona won with a score of 4-1. All Barca goals scored by Messi.
2. Celtic (8 goals)
Celtic is a Scottish club that regularly plays in the Champions League. One of the teams that Celtic often faces is Barcelona, Lionel Messi’s old club. Messi’s first meeting with Celtic occurred in the round of 16 of the 2007/2008 Champions League, where at that time Barcelona won with a score of 2-3. Messi scored two goals.
In the 2012/2013 Champions League group stage match, Celtic managed to win narrowly with a score of 2-1, Barcelona’s goal was scored by Messi. They met again in the group stage of the 2016/2017 Champions League.
Messi scored a hat-trick in a 7-0 win. He also scored two goals as his team beat Celtic 2-0 at Celtic Park.
3. AC Milan (8 goals)
Messi has scored many goals against AC Milan in the Champions League. This is not surprising because between 2011 and 2014, Barcelona and AC Milan met eight times. Messi appeared in all these matches.
Messi’s first goal against AC Milan came in the 2011/2012 Champions League group stage, when Barcelona won 2-3. In the quarter-finals they met again and Messi scored. That time he scored two goals for Barcelona’s 3-1 victory.
In the last 16 phase of the 2012/2013 season, Barcelona won 4-0 thanks to the contribution of two goals from Lione Messi. Their last meeting took place in the 2013/2014 season in the group stage, where Barcelona won 1-1 and 3-1. Messi scored 1 and 2 goals respectively in that match.
4. Bayer Leverkusen (7 goals)
Lionel Messi has played against six different teams from Germany. The German club that Messi has conceded the most times is Bayer Leverkusen. While defending Barcelona, Messi has scored 7 goals against Leverkusen in just 3 matches.
This record includes his 5 goals in 2012, which made Messi the first player to score 5 goals in a single Champions League game. Messi also scored in the first leg against Leverkusen in a 10-2 aggregate win.
Messi was again a Leverkusen nightmare in 2015. In a group stage match, Messi scored a goal at the BayArena to help Barcelona secure a 1-1 draw.
5. Manchester City (7 goals)
Not only Arsenal, there is another club from England who became Lionel Messi’s goal granary in the Champions League, namely Manchester City. Messi has met Manchester City seven times, both with Barcelona and his new team, Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi’s first goal against The Citizens was created in the last 16 match of the 2013/2014 season. In two legs, Barcelona managed to beat City with the final score 0-2 and 2-1. Messi each scored one goal in each game.
Messi scored a hat-trick in the match against City in the 2016/2017 Champions League group stage with a score of 4-0. He also scored one goal when Barcelona lost 3-1 in the same season.
Most recently, Messi managed to score one goal in PSG’s victory over Manchester City with the final score of 2-0. This is Messi’s first goal for the Parisian club.
With Lionel Messi still active in European competition, it is not impossible that this club list will grow along with the goals he creates .