Lionel Messi’s aim tonight in the game against Chelsea will be to keep alive his dream of winning a fifth Champions League crown in the second leg of their last-16 tie.

Messi has scored in each of his last 4 games for Barcelona, netting 5 in totall, but he does not boast the best of records against Chelsea.

Ahead of tonight’s tussle in Catalonia, let’s take a closer look at how the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has fared against the reigning Premier League champions in previous meetings.

Messi vs. Chelsea

Messi made less of an impact in the reverse match, however, being withdrawn 25 minutes in through injury, and he was also unable to make a telling impact in the following season's group-stage ties.

Not until that most recent encounter on February 20, Messi had not found the net in a competitive match against Chelsea .

Messi has played a direct part in a goal involving these 2 teams, as he also bagged an assist in another famous semi-final meeting between these sides in 2011-12 after hitting the woodwork twice – once from a penalty – and on this occasion his night ended in frustration as Chelsea went through with a late goal.

All eyes will be on Messi to see if he can conjure up yet more magic in what should be another heavyweight battle.


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