Lionel Messi and Barcelona take on Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou later tonight. Let’s take a look at the incredible stats of Messi vs Atletico Madrid.
The result of tonight’s heavyweight La Liga clash between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will provide a fairer idea about the title race in Spain’s top flight.
Barcelona are currently 8 points ahead of Atletico Madrid, who are second in the table. A win for Barcelona will all but seal a second consecutive La Liga title for the side, and Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid’s coach, acknowledges the possibility.
In the pre-match conference for the game, Simeone accepted that Atletico Madrid cannot afford to drop points in the game if they want to pin their hopes on a La Liga title win this season.
However, the Rojiblancos have to deal with the looming threat of Lionel Messi running down their defence throughout the game at Camp Nou. While Atletico Madrid must have prepared to take on the Barca superstar, his past record against the side hardly inspires confidence in the away dressing room.
Messi stats vs Atletico Madrid:
The Barcelona captain’s record against Atletico Madrid would certainly prove a huge confidence-booster for the hosts as they eye a crucial three points at Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi has scored his second-highest number of goals against a single club – against Atletico Madrid, the first being Sevilla.
In 25 La Liga appearances against Atletico, the Argentine forward has netted in on 23 occasions – which include 2 hat-tricks. Moreover, he has scored more goals than matches played against Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou.
Here are the full goalscoring and assists stats of Lionel Messi across all competitions against Atletico Madrid:
- Matches – 37
- Goals – 28
- Hattricks – 3
- Matches/Goals at Camp Nou in La Liga: 13/15
- Assists – 7
Atletico Madrid should be beware of Lionel Messi now more than ever, as the Barcelona captain is in the form of his life at the moment.
The Argentine forward scored a scintillating free-kick to help rescue a point in an eventful 4-4 draw against Villarreal in the mid-week fixture. He is also the highest goalscorer in the La Liga this season, having scored a whopping 32 goals in only 28 games. His attacking partner, Luis Suarez, is second on the table, with 19 goals.
How Twitter reacted..
20 – Direct free-kick goals in Europe’s top five leagues in the last five seasons:
20 – LIONEL MESSI
11 – Miralem Pjanic
9 – Paulo Dybala
9 – Daniel Parejo
4 – Cristiano Ronaldo.
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) April 5, 2019
It’s Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid tonight. Throwback to when Messi virtually won the La liga for Barcelona with this freekick. Can he make it 4 freekicks in 4 match days? Time will surely tell. pic.twitter.com/RnUQHVnusb
— SJ. (@Messidemic) April 6, 2019
Messi stats vs Atletico:
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— Messi Stats (@MessiStatsHQ) April 6, 2019
Barcelona will take on Manchester United in the Champions League quarterfinals on April 10 after their game against Atletico Madrid.