Now, he can cross that off the list.
The Barcelona superstar finally beat the goalkeeper near the end of the first half of their Champions League’s Group D opener. Messi fired a shot from just inside the area, with the low, perfectly placed shot nestling in the far corner of the net, leaving Buffon helpless.
The goal gave Barcelona a 1-0 advantage and guaranteed a better output than their last meeting with Juventus, who saw the La Liga side lose 4-0 on aggregate in the 2016-17 Champions League quarter-finals.
It spoiled a first half for Juventus in which they conceded the lion's share of possession but limited Barcelona to a few good opportunities.
In fact, the goal was Messi’s first touch of the game.
1 - Lionel Messi has scored his first goal against Gianluigi Buffon, with his first touch in the opposition box of the game. Timely pic.twitter.com/51DjIkzsoa— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 12, 2017
Messi enjoyed scoring so much against Buffon, he nearly did again. However a rocket from distance early in the second half only struck the post.