Leo messi will play this Saturday in the Wanda Metropolitano his 800th game with the Barça shirt against him Atlético de Madrid, the second team he has faced the most times (41), only surpassed by Real Madrid (44). In these 41 games, the Rosario has scored 32 goals, with an average of 0.78 targets per duel. Leo has marked the Athletic in the last four games and, if he scored on Saturday, he would equal his best streak in this chapter with five games in a row.
Three hat-tricks and three doubles are the best brands of Messi in the duels against the colchonero team, although he has not converted more than one goal to the Madrid team since December 16, 2012. That day he scored a double for Barça-Atlético (4-1) in the League. In 16 games Messi he has scored a goal for the Madrid team and in 18 failed to pierce the rival’s frame. His worst streak was between May 2013 and May 2014: seven games without seeing the door (one win, five draws and one loss).
A significant data from the matches of Messi against him Atlético de Madrid is that the ’10’ Barça have not known defeat in the League since February 14, 2010 (2-1). Since then —more than 10 years—, he has played 20 games, with a balance of 14 wins and six draws, in addition to scoring 19 goals. In total, of Leo’s 41 games against Atlético, he has won 24, tied 10 and lost 7.
Best winning streak
The best winning streak was ever experienced Messi between January 2015 and April 2016, a period in which he won seven consecutive games at Athletic: four in the League, two in the Copa del Rey and one in the Champions League.
On the contrary, the last three defeats against him Athletic -Spaced between 2014 and 2020- were painful and meant two eliminations in the quarterfinals of the Champions League and being out of the final of the Spanish Super Cup, in the first edition played outside of Spain. A defeat that ended up costing the coach, Ernesto Valverde, his position on the Barcelona bench.
One of Leo’s most memorable games against Atlético is on Three Kings Day 2009, when he scored three goals dressed in yellow at Manzanares and left the team with a foot and a half in the next round.
Since 2013 the matches between Barça, with Messi, and the AthleticThey have been very level and neither team has been able to beat the other by a difference greater than two goals. Thus, of the last 26 duels, the Barça he has won 13 but only a pair by two goals. The Athletic, of the three victories that he adds in this period, only one had the same difference. The rest of the games -10- ended with a draw. Equality, then, is the trend in recent years.