Atletico Madrid Tops List of 4 Teams Lionel Messi Has Failed to Score Against in the UEFA Champions League

Atletico Madrid Tops List of 4 Teams Lionel Messi Has Failed to Score Against in the UEFA Champions League

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:13 PM
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  • Lionel Messi entered the history books after netting against 40 teams in the Champions League with his wonder striker against Benfica
  • The Argentine has played against 44 different teams in UEFA's premier competition, only failing to score against 4 of them including Atletico Madrid
  • Messi has scored a total of 127 goals in the UEFA Champions League in just 159 appearances in Europe’s premier club competition

Lionel Messi boasts of the second-best goal tally in the UEFA Champions League, after netting his 127th goal in 159 appearances with his wonder strike against Benfica on Wednesday.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward became the first player to score against 40 different teams in Europe’s elite club competition despite only facing 44 teams.

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Lionel Messi has failed to score against Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Rubin Kazan and Udinese in the Champions League. Photo by Gualter Fatia
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Four teams however, including La Liga giants Atletico Madrid and Serie A heavyweights Inter Milan, have been able to keep a clean sheet against Messi in the Champions League, Sportskeeda reports.

Russian outfit, Rubin Kazan and Italian club, Udinese complete the line-up of clubs the 7-time Ballon d’Or winner has failed to score against in the competition.

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Lionel Messi has played a total of 13 games against these four teams with the Argentine facing Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan on 4 occasions, Rubin Kazan twice, and Udinese just once.

Lionel Messi confirms retirement from international football

Lionel Messi has announced Qatar 2022 will be his last World Cup, giving a strong hint that his retirement from international football is near, Daily Mirror reports.

Messi will be aiming to win the World Cup - which begins in November - for the first time in his career after falling short in 2014, losing in the final to Germany.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward ended his agonising wait for a major trophy on the international stage when Argentina recorded a victory over Brazil in last year's Copa America final.

Lionel Messi wins UEFA Champions League Goal of the Week

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Lionel Messi’s wonderful strike against Benfica in the Champions League matchday 3 has been voted as UEFA’s goal of the week by fans from across the world.

The Argentine’s scored a superb curler from the edge of the 18-yard box to give PSG the lead against the Portuguese club, but a Danilo own goal saw the game end in a 1-1 draw.

Messi’s beautiful strike has now been picked as the best goal scored on matchday 3, with Andre Silva's goal for RB Leipzig against Celtic coming in second place.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..