The Argentine has taken on English clubs 30 times during his glittering career
Lionel Messi’s record against English opposition
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces the toughest test of his short Manchester United reign on Wednesday as Barcelona visit Old Trafford for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie.
It marks just the second time Lionel Messi will play against United at their stadium and the fifth time he will take them on during his glittering career.
There was a time when Messi’s record against English clubs was criticised, but that has changed in recent years and the Argentine will be keen to add a goal at one of European football’s most famous arenas to his record.
The 31-year-old has taken on English clubs 30 times over the past 13 years, scoring an impressive 22 goals and setting up six more.
Messi’s record vs English teams
Only four of those games and two of those goals have come against United – he scored in both the 2009 and 2011 finals, being named man of the match in the latter.
His previous club appearance at Old Trafford was a 1-0 defeat in the second leg of the 2008 semi-final, after the first leg had ended goalless. He also played in a 1-0 friendly defeat for Argentina against Portugal at the ground in 2014.
United can take heart from the fact Messi’s stats in England are not as good as his stats in Spain against English opposition.
Messi has scored 13 goals in 14 games at the Nou Camp, but just seven goals in 14 away games on English turf – eight in 15 if you include the 2011 final at Wembley.
Arsenal have the worst record of any English club against Messi conceding nine goals in six games against him, while Chelsea’s is the most impressive. They have only let in three goals in 10 games against the Argentine.