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On the ninth attempt , finally, he put it in. “Tabu” is perhaps a conceptually broad and inappropriate word, but in the face of Messi who shatters record after record and commits everyone to find him a weakness in intergalactic statistics or something he has not yet done, there was this “abstinence” : in the eight previous matches in which the Argentine talent faced Chelsea , in fact, he had always remained dry. Before the match on Tuesday 20 February, first leg of the Champions League round of 16, at Stamford Bridge. A precious and fundamental goal (… and it seemed to you), that of the final 1-1 draw.
Red Cross, therefore, on the London club that ends up in the endless list of teams “matate” from the Argentine pulga. Less long, but real and curious is, instead, the list of formations that have proven to have the skin in front of the fury of his majesty Leo . It must be said that, in some of these games, Messi still had the number 30 mallet, he was appearing in the first team in fits and starts he grew up in the cantera and that beside him he had sacred totems like Larsson, Eto’o, Ronaldinho and also Giuly.
There are still a few teams left that, by way of a pin on their chest, will one day be able to say that they have blocked the most feared player in the new millennium. We recommend, however, to wait for the official withdrawal of Messi because we are sure that this ranking and this piece will be updated over and over again.

In fact, already on the weekend of 24 February 2018, we had to update this article because Messi, still dry against the opposite of Girona, scored a brace.

Uda Gramenet
We need to rewind the hands and start from 2004, the year in which Messi sets foot for the first time at the Camp Nou with the shirt of the greats of Barcelona. On 16 October 2004, in fact, he made his first team debut against Espanyol (a never banal match) which made him the third youngest player to wear the Barcelona shirt and the youngest to make his debut in the La Liga (record beaten only by former teammate Bojan Krkic in September 2007). Eleven days after their debut, on 27 October, Barcelona play the Copa del Rey on the field of Uda Gramenet, the team of Segunda Divsion B, the third Spanish league. The company is served: the team from Santa Coloma de Gramenet, 116 thousand inhabitants, passes the turn thanks to Olles’ goal in the 103rd minute. Firm in the enterprise and the first team to which Messi did not score.

The following year, on 27 September 2005, Barcelona took on Udinese in Champions League Group C. Ronaldinho’s hat-trick and Deco’s goal demolish the dreams of glory of the Italian team that finds momentary equal with Felipe. But against De Sanctis, Berotto, Zenoni, Felipe and Candela, Lionel Messi remains dry-mouthed.

In 2005, Messi could wear the Cadiz shirt who wanted to grab the crystalline talent only to collide with the refusal of Rijkaard who had other plans in mind. And against Cadiz, still in the same year, the Argentine clashes in mid-December for the 16th day of La Liga. The Blaugrana win with two goals from the Cameroonian Eto’o and Giuly. Messi does not score, he misses the appointment due to injury and since then he has not yet had the opportunity to meet what could become his team. [/ Vc_column_text] [/ vc_column] [/ vc_row]

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Real Murcia
Another team met only once (not present in the other matches) and Real Murcia. Let’s jump into the 2007-2008 season, annus horribilis finished in third place and 18 points behind champion Real Madrid. Certainly the 5-3 against Real Murcia with which Barcelona closes the Liga cannot be a comfort: a hat-trick by Giovani dos Santos, then Henry and the usual Eto’o. For Messi only two assists and nothing more.

In the winter of 2011, Barcelona demolished the Santos of a young Neymar in the final of the Club World Cup. Messi scores two goals, but instead fails to find the way to goal in the semifinal, again won 4-0, against Al-Sadd, a team from Qatar.

After Chelsea, the other English team to have emerged unscathed and Rafa Benitez’s Liverpool, that of the final against Milan in 2007. While Kaka goes crazy on the fields of Europe (he is elected, in fact, the best player of the tournament) Barcelona , at home, he melts in front of the networks of Bellamy and Riise. Deco’s opening goal leaves room for a possible comeback at Anfield, but Barca only win 1-0 with Gudjohnsen. Liverpool go to the quarterfinals and Messi will not have a chance to make up for it also because the Reds leave the European scene for 11 years.

Against Xerez, Messi has a reasonable excuse for never having had any luck in front of goal. Although he only played twice against the Spanish team in the 2009-2010 La Liga, in both circumstances he was replaced in the second half by Pep Guardiola.

Still that season, the other Italian unscathed: Inter. Barcelona – Inter have met four times in the Champions League (qualifying round and dramatic semifinal) … well you know how it went and you also know that Messi was unable to score for Julio Cesar in the three times he took the field against the neroazzurri.

Messi could have met Benfica as early as 2006, in the quarter-finals of that Champions League then raised in the face of Arsenal in an electrifying final, but I missed both matches due to injury. We have to wait for the 2012-2013 season: in Group G, Messi meets the Portuguese eagles both in the first leg and in the return, but in the first match Alexis Sanchez and Fabregas are enough, while in the other he ends 0-0 (and Rosario’s boy takes over from the bench playing half an hour).

Rubin Kazan
And then, finally, a splash of Russia. Rubin Kazan knows how to be surprisingly mangy when he is in front of the blaugrana and not even the 5 times golden ball has managed to unhinge the opposing rearguard. Four matches, one win, two draws and one defeat. Rubin’s 2-1 victory at Camp Nou in October 2009 thanks to goals from Ryazantsev and Gokdeniz Karadeniz is historic and memorable. And not even the shadow of Messi (at least in the referees’ notebook).
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