What is Lionel Messi's record against English teams?

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The Argentine is undoubtedly one of the best players of all time but how does he get on when he comes up against Premier League opposition?

Lionel Messi. For years, we have all speculated what would it be like to see a player of his talent come to England and play in the Premier League.

Now it looks like that will never happen, and we are only treated to fleeting glimpses when he gets to run riot against the Premier League’s top sides in the Champions League.

Messi put on a masterclass on Wednesday to down Tottenham, capping his performance with two calm finishes to score past his World Cup nemesis Hugo Lloris.

But how did Barcelona's talisman perform on his previous visits to England, and against Premier League clubs home and away?

Messi struggled during his early appearances against Premier League sides as it took him nine games against English clubs before he contributed to a goal - an assist for Andres Iniesta against Chelsea in the 2009 Semi-final.

On top of this, when he makes the trip from Spain to England, he is nowhere near as prolific, compared to his overall record, scoring just six goals in 14 games played in England.

His 10th appearance against an English club saw the Barca forward finally break his goal duck. Manchester United were his victims with a memorable header in the 2009 Champions League final in Rome.

Since then, the Argentine has caught fire, scoring 19 in his next 17 appearances against Premier League opposition, including a spectacular hat-trick against Manchester City and a memorable four-goal haul against Arsenal. Messi is currently on a run of six consecutive games against English clubs where he has scored, which does not bode well for Spurs.

Messi’s favourite English opponent is Arsenal. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has been a constant thorn in the Gunners' side, netting nine times in just six outings against the London club.

Chelsea were a club Messi seemingly couldn't get to grips with, failing to score in his first eight outings against the Blues. During this period, he also missed a penalty in the 2012 semi-final which cost his team a place in the final.

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When you talk about Messi’s goalscoring record against English clubs, a slow start really skews how good he actually has been. Overall his record stands at 29 appearances, 22 goals and six assists. 

No other country's teams have suffered as much as England against the Argentine, as 28 total goal contributions additionally mark his best record in the European competition by nation.


Messi's record against English clubs.


Team Appearances Goals Assists
Arsenal 6 9 1
Chelsea 10 3 3
Liverpool 2 0 0
Man United 4 2 1
Man City 6 6 1
Tottenham 1 2 0

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