9 Clubs Lionel Messi Hasn't Scored Against During His Barcelona Career

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Stopping Lionel Messi from scoring has to be one of the hardest tasks in football | David Ramos/Getty Images

As Lionel Messi slotted home Barcelona's second goal against Napoli in the Champions League on Saturday, the Argentinian achieved yet another milestone. He now holds the record for scoring against 35 different teams in the Champions League.

In an illustrious career spanning almost 16 years now, the Barcelona ace has played 730 games, a run that has yielded a barely believable tally of 634 goals. These numbers are spread across 68 different club teams in Spain and abroad, an astounding tally by all accounts, but that's not everyone he's faced.

There are NINE clubs who have successfully thwarted Messi as he struggled to find the back of the net.


Incredibly, Inter have managed to prevent Messi from scoring on four separate occasions. They deserve some kind of medal for that record. He drew a blank on three occasions during the 2009/10 season - when Inter, managed by Jose Mourinho, won the Champions League - and again last October.

Inter, it turns out, are Messi’s bogey team.

Rubin Kazan

Like Inter, Russian side Rubin Kazan have also denied Messi from scoring on four occasions.

He played the full 90 minutes both home and away during the 2009/10 season without scoring. The following season, he came on as a substitute in both games and, once again, could not find the back of the net.


Xerez, who are currently in the fourth tier of Spanish football, last played in the LaLiga during the 2009/10 season. Despite losing both ties with Barcelona that season, Xerez managed to successfully keep Messi in check. He came off the bench in both games but could only bag an assist.

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Messi was injured when Barcelona played Benfica in the 2005/06 Champions League quarter-finals | David Ramos/Getty Images


Having missed both games against Benfica in the 2005 Champions League, Messi played the full 90 minutes in Lisbon in 2012 but didn't score. However, he assisted both of Barcelona's goals in the 2-0 victory.

For the second leg, Messi only came off the bench and played the final 30 minutes. But once again, the Argentinian couldn't find the back of the net as the match ended goalless.


In 2005, when the teams ended up in the same group in the Champions League, an 18-year-old Lionel Messi played 70 minutes in the game at Camp Nou, albeit without scoring, as the Catalans ran out 4-1 victors on the night.


Barcelona have faced Murcia on four occasions since 2008 - but Messi has only featured against the Spanish side once, back in May 2008. It was an enthralling eight-goal thriller which Barcelona edged 5-3, but Messi somehow failed to get on the scoresheet. However, the diminutive Argentinian did provide two assists on the day.


Barcelona faced Cadiz home and away during the 2005/06 La Liga campaign and Messi played in the away fixture, providing an assist (but failing to score) in a 3-1 win for the Catalan club. Now that Cadiz have gained promotion back to LaLiga for the upcoming 2020-21 season, Messi has a shot at redemption.

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Lionel Messi up against Xavi Hernandez will be a game for the ages | Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

Al Sadd

Messi's former teammate and close friend Xavi Hernandez is currently the manager of Al Sadd, and it would be interesting to see the two go head-to-head. The last time Messi took on the Qatari outfit, Barcelona ran out 4-0 victors. It was in the semifinals of the 2011 Club World Cup, but Messi, who played the entirety of the match, was off target.


Barcelona suffered a humiliating 1-0 defeat to lowly Gramenet in the Copa del Rey second round during the 2004/05 season - when Messi was still only very young. This game came just ten days after Messi had made his professional debut.