The Ballon d’Or seven times – Lionel Messi is so well-known that he scarcely requires an introduction. The Argentine great, who is widely considered as the finest player in the history of the sport, finished off his trophy collection in December of the previous year by winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
For sixteen long seasons, Lionel Messi was at Barcelona, winning an impressive six Ballon d’Or trophies during his tenure. He scored an astonishing 672 goals and provided 303 assists in 778 games, cementing his legacy as one of the greatest players of all time. In the summer of 2021, he left the club as a free agent and shortly after, joined Paris Saint-Germain and has since appeared as one of their best players.
Let’s take a look at five teams Lionel Messi has scored the most goals against in his career:
5. Real Madrid
Real Madrid, one of the most decorated teams in the history of the sport, has had a difficult time containing the incredible Lionel Messi. Messi has played against Los Blancos an incredible 47 times, between Barcelona and PSG. During those 47 matches, he has racked up an astonishing 26 goals and 14 assists.
Lionel Messi has already competed against Real Madrid four times in the UEFA Champions League. He has done so twice while wearing Barcelona’s colors and twice while wearing PSG’s. The All-Whites were defeated by Barcelona in the semi-final of the Champions League in 2010-2011, with the final score being 3-1 for Barcelona. Messi was dominant throughout the match and was responsible for both of his team’s goals in the decisive first leg victory, which they took by a score of 2-0.
Messi was not as successful when playing for PSG, as he did not score or provide an assist in Madrid’s 3-2 aggregate victory against PSG in the Round of 16 of the Champions League in 2021-22. Karim Benzema was the driving force behind Madrid’s victory.
In La Liga, Messi faced Madrid 29 times during his stay at Barcelona, scoring 18 goals and claiming nine assists. He won 14 times, drew six times, and lost nine games. In the Copa del Rey, Messi faced Madrid eight times. Surprisingly, he could not get on the scoresheet.
Lionel Messi also faced Los Merengues six times in the Spanish Super Cup, scoring six goals and providing three assists. Barcelona came out on top in two of those matches, losing three and drawing the remaining three.
4. Athletic Bilbao
During the course of his career, Lionel Messi has competed against Athletico Bilbao 41 times, during which he has scored 29 goals and provided 11 assists. The 2022 FIFA World Cup winner faced them 27 times in La Liga, 10 times in the Copa del Rey, and four more times in the Spanish Super Cup.
In the La Liga competition, Messi never suffered a defeat at the hands of Athletic Bilbao, winning 21 matches and drawing six. During that timeframe, the legendary player from Argentina scored 18 goals and eight assists. In the Spanish Cup, Messi played a total of 10 matches, during which he scored eight goals and had three assists, winning six of those matches, drawing twice, and losing the other two matches.
Finally, in the Spanish Super Cup, Messi scored four thrice in four games. Barcelona, however, only managed to win one game, losing twice and drawing the remaining game.
Lionel Messi wreaked havoc on Valencia during his 16-year tenure at Barcelona, notching an impressive 31 goals and 13 assists in 36 matches across all competitions. The 35-year-old superstar faced Valencia 29 times in La Liga and seven times in the Copa del Rey, where he achieved an impressive four hat-tricks (three in La Liga and one in the Spanish Cup).
In 29 La Liga matches, Lionel Messi scored 27 goals and provided 11 assists, leading Barcelona to 15 victories, 10 draws, and only 4 losses. In the Copa del Rey, Messi was equally impressive, netting 4 goals and 2 assists in 7 games. The Catalan side emerged victorious in 4 matches, drew twice, and suffered a single defeat to Valencia in the Spanish Cup.
2. Atletico Madrid
Lionel Messi has proven to be an unstoppable force against Atletico Madrid, having scored 32 goals in 43 games against Los Rojiblancos.
Messi has already competed against Atletico Madrid four times in the Champions League, but he has not managed to score a single goal against them. When Barcelona played them in the quarterfinals of the Champions League in both 2013–14 and 2015–16, the Catalan team was eliminated in both matches.
In La Liga, Lionel Messi was a force to be reckoned with, scoring 26 goals and providing seven assists in 30 matches against Atletico Madrid. His impressive record saw him win 18 games, draw seven, and lose only five. In the Copa del Rey, Messi was equally as impressive, netting five goals and claiming two assists in six meetings, with his team winning five and drawing the other.
Finally, in the Spanish Super Cup, Lionel Messi scored a goal for Barcelona in three matches. Despite his efforts, the Blaugrana were unable to secure a victory, losing twice and drawing once.
Sevilla have been outclassed on numerous occasions by the incomparable Lionel Messi, having conceded 38 goals in 43 games against him. Messi has also registered 20 assists against the Andalusians.
In Barcelona’s colors, Lionel Messi faced Sevilla a total of 29 times in La Liga, netting an impressive 30 goals, including two hat-tricks, and providing nine assists. He was victorious in 21 of these matches, losing only once and drawing the remaining seven. In the Copa del Rey, Messi was equally as impressive, scoring twice and claiming six assists in seven outings. Barcelona emerged victorious in five of these matches, with the remaining two ending in defeat.
Between the Spanish Super Cup and the UEFA Super Cup, Messi has faced Sevilla seven times. He has scored twice in two UEFA Super Cup games, with Barcelona claiming victory in one and suffering defeat in the other. In the Spanish Super Cup, Messi has been a force to be reckoned with, netting four goals and four assists in five matches, leading Barcelona to four wins and one defeat.