Lionel Messi opened his Paris Saint-Germain account with a well taken goal against his former manager Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in PSG's 2-0 win in the second group game of the Champions League. The goal was his 27th against English opposition in the competition and he has never played for any club in England. He scored his first goal against an English team in the 2009 Champions League final while playing for Pep Guardiola's Barcelona.
How many times has Lionel Messi played against English clubs?
Lionel Messi has played against English clubs 35 times in the UEFA Champions League and with 27 goals boasts the best scoring record against the English clubs, better than his closest rival and the next highest goalscorer against English clubs Cristiano Ronaldo who has 12 goals. Messi has played the most games against Chelsea but has scored the most goals against Arsenal. He has scored nine goals in six games against Arsenal, against Chelsea three goals in 10 games, four goals in six games against Manchester United, seven goals in seven games against Manchester City, two goals in two games against Tottenham Hotspur and two goals in four games against Liverpool. In total he has scored 27 goals in 35 games.
What is Lionel Messi's number in the Champions League?
Lionel is tied with former Barcelona teammate Xavi Hernandez as the 3rd player in terms of UEFA Champions League appearances with 151, 149 of which he played for FC Barcelona and two for Paris Saint-Germain. He has scored 121 goals in the Champions League, providing a further 41 assists and has the best goal ratio in the competition with 0.8 goals per game. He has won the UEFA Champions League four times, only behind Cristiano Ronaldo who has won five.
Lionel Messi's number for PSG so far?
Lionel Messi since his move away from Barcelona to PSG has not quite hit the ground running, he has struggled in his first few games before opening his account against Manchester City, how has he performed before then? Messi has only played four games for PSG, two in Ligue 1 matches and the other two in the UEFA Champions League, since his debut, he has also missed two games due to injury that made him a doubt for the Manchester City match, only for him to return and score his first goal for PSG.