Lionel Messi has work to do at Cornella, where he doesn’t shine
With 35 titles, 1,044 goals, five Ballon d’Ors and five Golden Shoes, Lionel Messi has few challenges left to beat as a footballer. Today around evening time he faces one of them – sparkling in the arena of Barca’s derby rivals.
After 10 visits – eight in La Liga, two in the Copa del Rey – Messi has just scored two objectives in Espanyol’s present arena in Cornella.
A terrible parity, considering the numbers Messi generally oversees. Messi netted a penalty on March 29, 2014 with Tata Martino at the helm, the only goal in a 1-0 win.
Messi also netted the following season, adding the second after Neymar struck in a 2-0 victory. From that point forward he has not figured out how to strike there – four seasons later.
In spite of these statistics, Messi has crushed Espanyol on many occasions at Camp Nou. He has 18 against them, the same as Telmo Zarra and Isidro Langara managed.
If he scores tonight he will be the player that has scored against them the most.