Messi Has Scored Most Goals Vs Premier League’s Top Six This Season
Lionel Messi has scored more times against the Premier League’s top six than any other player this season.
Let that settle in for a moment. Settled in? Good. We’ll continue.
We’ve already touched on the fact that the Barcelona captain has scored 26 times against the top six English side since the 2011-12 season — despite, you know, never playing in the Premier League — but his goalscoring exploits have put him at the top of the charts for this season, too.
So, the 31-year-old Argentine ace has scored six times against the top six — all in the Champions League, of course — while Liverpool‘s Roberto Firmino occupies second place on five.
Rounding off the list is Mohamed Salah, who has scored twice against the top six in this campaign.
Messi might have been denied the chance to score the opener against Liverpool on Wednesday night thanks to a brilliant tackle from Andy Robertson, but he struck twice in the second half to hand Barcelona a 3-0 victory at the Camp Nou in their first-leg Champions League semi-final clash.
In fact, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner stole the limelight after he scored an incredible free-kick, which is an even better watch after BT Sport released footage that showed it from every possible angle.
Following on from the match, Barça boss Ernesto Valverde admitted that he is still surprised when the Argentine magician produces a moment of pure magic.
“I just saw it [the free-kick] at pitch level, but the truth is Leo’s always surprising,” he said (via Goal).
“It was very far out, we didn’t know what he was going to do. In the end, I don’t know how he does it, but he always does.
“I’d rather not think how he does it, to be honest, but he always shows up when we need him the most, this time just when we were in situations in which we had to shake Liverpool‘s domination off.
“Through the way he plays and the way he gets close to their goal, he helped us play and win by a bigger margin — and he instills fear into our opponents.”
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