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UEFA CL: Lionel Messi’s record vs Real Madrid


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Lionel Messi’s reunion with his biggest career adversaries will be one of the many compelling subplots surrounding Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 first leg between giants PSG and Real Madrid.

Messi will not be wearing a Barcelona shirt against Real Madrid for the first time in his brilliant career, having joined PSG last summer.

Although the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has yet to reach his peak in a PSG shirt, he will undoubtedly be licking his lips at the prospect of renewing friends with an opponent who has provided him with some of his most memorable moments.

The following is an in-depth assessment of Messi’s previous record versus the Los Blancos.

Appearances, Assists & Goals

Messi has faced Real Madrid more frequently than any other opponent in his career, with Tuesday’s opening leg being his 46th meeting with Los Blancos.

The Argentine maestro has also had a good time over that period, contributing directly to a stunning 40 goals – scoring 26 and creating another 14. PSG’s number 30 also has two career hat-tricks against the Champions League’s most successful team.

Messi’s 26 goals remain an El Clasico record – one that may never be surpassed – and he has only scored more versus Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Valencia, and Athletic Bilbao.

Messi has also earned more assists versus Sevilla, Levante, and Getafe during his career, although Clasico matches frequently brought out the harsher side of the Barcelona icon.


Messi had 14 yellow cards against Real Madrid – more than any other opponent – but none of them resulted in his dismissal.

Wins, Draws & Losses

Messi has won 19 of his 45 prior encounters with Los Blancos, drawing 11 and losing 15 – a decent win ratio of 42%.

The Argentine star has not lost against Real Madrid in the Champions League only, and this was when Barcelona and Real Madrid met in the 2010-11 semi-finals.

Memorable Moments

Messi scored one of his most memorable goals in the first leg of that game at the Bernabeu (UEFA CL), embarking on a magnificent solo run to score his second of the match and putting Barcelona in position to win the final.

Another famous Messi moment versus Real Madrid occurred in April 2020, when he scored his 500th goal for Barcelona in dramatic fashion, slotting away a magnificent last-minute winner to win a usually tough Clasico 3-2.

Dry Patches

While Messi was the scourge of Madrid for the duration of his career, his goals in Clasicos began to dwindle towards the conclusion of his time at Barcelona.

Indeed, the 34-year-old has failed to score in each of his past seven meetings with Real Madrid in all competitions, most recently scoring in the 2017-18 season.

Few players, if any, have done more damage to Los Blancos over the years, and Messi will seek to inflict another telling blow on his new team’s fiercest adversaries on Tuesday night.

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