Why Barca Are Missing Messi

December 15, 2021

Barcelona now find themselves in the Europa League for the first time since the season before Lionel Messi joined the Catalan club. Here’s a look at the influence Messi had on Barca and perhaps explains why they’ve slipped since he left for PSG.

 

672

The total number of goals Messi scored for Barcelona in all competitions

 

542

He was a member of Barcelona’s winning team a record 542 times in 778 appearances in all competitions

 

474

The number of goals scored by Messi in 520 La Liga games for Barca with an average of 0.91 goals per game

 

305

The maestro was involved in setting up 305 goals for Barcelona

 

101

The number of penalties converted by Messi, missing 29

 

50

He holds the record for the most number of goals scored in a La Liga season with 50 from 38 matches during the 2011-12 season

 

35

The Argentinean accumulated 35 trophies at Barcelona, including four Champions Leagues, 10 Spanish championships, seven Copas del Rey, three European Super Cups, eight Spanish Super Cups and three Club World Cups

 

30

He now wears the No 30 shirt for PSG, which was the number he wore on his Barcelona debut in 2003

 

28

Messi scored his final goal in a Barca shirt in the 28th minute during their defeat to Celta Vigo on 16 May 2021

 

26

He has found the back of the net against arch-rivals Real Madrid 26 times

 

21

The number of consecutive games where Messi scored in La Liga during the 2012-13 season

 

7

Messi has won seven Ballons d’Or awards since the start of his career in (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019 and 2021)

 

5

The most goals he scored in a game was five during Barcelona’s 7-1 victory over Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the Champions League on 7 March 2012.

 

2

Messi signed a two-year contract with PSG just days after Barcelona announced he was leaving and his 21-year stay at the club was over

 

1

Messi has only received a red card once, during Barcelona’s 3-2 defeat to Athletic Bilbao in the Supercopa de Espana final on 17 January 2021

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