Leo Messi’s records against most clubs are sensational, and Saturday’s opponent at the Camp Nou are no exception.
Real Sociedad have faced the wrath of Messi in recent years, with seven goals scored by the Argentine since the 2010/11 campaign. Messi has scored in each season against La Real since then, apart from in 2014/15.
In 2010/11, Messi grabbed a brace in a 5-0 win and a year later scored in a 2-1 victory. In 2012/13, he hit another double in a 5-1 demolition before a single strike in a 4-1 win. He was unable to score in the following season’s matchup but got back to on the scoreboard in 2015/16 in a 4-0 win.
With seven goals in his last five goals against Sociedad at the Camp Nou, the Basques know they are in for another tough time but there is often very little that can be done when the magic Argentine is around.
Here is a video of his exploits against La Real at the Camp Nou, courtesy of Barcelona’s official YouTube channel.
When Barcelona and Juventus last met in the Champions League final in 2015, Dani Alves was part of a victorious Barcelona side that completed the treble with a 3-1 win over the Bianconeri that night.
On Tuesday, the Brazilian right-back will have a bittersweet moment as he faces Barcelona for the first time since his departure in the summer.
Hi Juventus side will be looking to overcome Alves’ old team and advance in this year’s Champions League.
Alves is a much-loved figure at Barcelona despite his departure, and the club have released a clip featuring his top-10 goals for the Blaugrana in anticipation of his return.
Will the Juventus right-back have a triumphant night against his old team?
Lionel Messi accomplishes new records almost every time he steps on the pitch for Barcelona.
From goalscoring to assist-making, the five-time FIFA Ballon D’or winner has made record-breaking a habit, often surpassing his own records.
And while there were reports of him not getting along well with Barca’s coach Luis Enrique earlier this season, according to this stat (below), time has brought Messi to a point where he is just three games away from his 100th league appearance under Enrique.
If Messi features in the next three league games for Barca, against Malaga, Real Sociedad and then the Clasico against Real Madrid, he will achieve the milestone.
And well, you can almost be sure of him not missing out considering the importance of the next few games for Barca.