Lionel Messi increases UCL goals against EPL teams to 26 after brace against Liverpool

Lionel Messi increases UCL goals against EPL teams to 26 after brace against Liverpool

Lionel Messi, Barcelona star, inspired his side to a 3-0 win against Liverpool on Wednesday night, May 1, in a Champions League first leg semifinal clash.

The encounter at Camp Nou saw Messi net a sensational 83rd minute free-kick that dampened Liverpool's hopes of booking a place in the finals.

Messi's stunning brace against the Reds increased his tally to 26 goals against English teams, scoring against every Premier League club he has faced in the Champions League.

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Legit.ng in this report takes a closer look at the Barcelona captain's incredible record against English oppositions:

Chelsea:

Appearances - 10

Goals - 3

Messi has made 10 appearances against the Blues, scoring three goals in the process.

However, he had to wait until the ninth meeting with Chelsea before registering his name on the score sheet.

Arsenal:

Appearances - 6

Goals - 9

The Argentine has faced the north London dwellers six times, notching six goals , including a phenomenal four-goal burst in April 2010 at the quarter finals.

Manchester City:

Appearances - 6

Goals - 6

Despite priding themselves with one of the most formidable defensive lines in the Premier League, Messi has still managed to score six goals in six appearances against the Manchester outfit.

The tally includes a sensational hat-trick in October 2016 in a group stage match during Pep Guardiola's return to Camp Nou.

Manchester United:

Appearances - 6

Goals - 4

Man United recently fell victim to Messi's football brilliance as Barcelona eliminated the English side from the Champions League in the last eight.

Despite failing to score at Old Trafford, Messi managed to score twice in the Catalans' 3-0 win over United in the second leg of the tie.

The star forward has now scored four goals in six appearances against the Red Devils.

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Tottenham Hotspurs

Appearances - 2

Goals - 2

Spurs faced Barcelona for the first time this season after drawing the La Liga Champions in Group B.

Messi marked the occasion with a brace in Barca's 4-2 victory at Wembley in the first leg.

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Liverpool:

Appearances - 3

Goals -2

Messi had made three appearances against Liverpool including Wednesday night's cracker.

However, despite facing the Reds for the very first time 12 years ago, the Argentine had to wait until last night to find the back of Liverpool's net.

However, he could increase the tally during the second leg scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, at Anfield.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Barcelona hammered Liverpool 3-0 on Wednesday night, May 1, at Camp Nou in a tough Champions League semi-final first leg showdown.

The encounter saw two sides, who are former winners, having lifted the famous trophy five times apiece since 1992-93 campaign.

In the opening minutes of the game, the both sides eager to dictate the pace with good display of football skills, but as the match progressed Liverpool came more into the contest.

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