Lionel Messi is hoping to put on unflattering statistic behind him when Barcelona travel to Turin to face Juventus in the UEFA Champions League clash on Wednesday.
The Argentine has not scored far from home in the UCL since finding the net against Scottish champions Celtic at Celtic Park in a year ago’s group stage.
Everybody knows that last season was not Messi’s best in the Champions League, with the Argentine star to a great extent outshone by arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo. While Messi performs well in the group stage, scoring ten goals in five games, he failed to make a much of an impression in the last 16 against PSG or in the quarter-finals against Juventus.
Because of those no-show, Messi has gone nearly an entire calendar year without an away goal in the Champions League (with the last one coming on November 23, 2016). The 30-year-old will have another opportunity to get on the scoresheet in Turin on Wednesday when Barca face the Old Lady in the reverse fixture.
Messi last away goal in Europe’s elite club competition came from the penalty spot, but he had officially found the net from open play in the first half subsequent to being found by Neymar.
From that point forward, Messi has failed to register a goal in games against PSG and Juventus in the knockout phases of the 2016/17 campaign and Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos this time around.