Champions League

Messi matches Henry's record for most penalties missed in Champions League history

Arjun Singh Devgan
Messi struggled to make a difference against Real Madrid
Messi struggled to make a difference against Real Madrid / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Argentina icon, Lionel Messi is widely considered to be the greatest player in the history of the sport, with the striker winning numerous professional and individual honours in his career so far, including a record seven-time Ballon d'Or awards.

Despite his brilliance on the field, Messi does struggle when it comes to penalties and the 34-year-old has now matched former Barcelona team-mate, Thierry Henry's record for most missed penalties in Champions League history while surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo for most penalty attempts.

The striker missed a penalty against Real Madrid in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League on Tuesday, which means that he has missed five of 23 penalty attempts in the competition, with Thibaut Courtois denying him on the night after Kylian Mbappe had won the spot kick.

However, Paris Saint-Germain had the last laugh as they won the first leg by a slender 1-0 margin thanks to Mbappe who scored the winner in stoppage time to give the French giants an important win.

The 34-year-old has not had the best of starts to life in Paris, managing to score only seven goals in 21 appearances in all competitions so far. It will be interesting to see whether he can recapture the form he showed at Barcelona as he will be key if PSG are to win their maiden Champions League trophy come the end of the season.