Leo Messi in a party against the Athletic

ONE OF HIS FAVOURITE RIVALS

Leo Messi, the great threat for Atlético de Madrid

Published:6/05/2021 - 21:27h

Updated:7/05/2021 - 01:11h

Messi meets Atlético again in a decisive match. The Argentine plays his 43rd match against the 'colchoneros' in an event that may be historic

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The FC Barcelona receives this Saturday, from the 16:15 hours (in Spain), to the Athletic of Madrid to contest a crash that can be decisive in the final stretch of LaLiga Santander. Both teams are forced to win to keep alive in the fight by the title, but the blaugrana have an extra piece that will be key for the crash.

And it is that have to Leo Messi in the team always is a 'plus' for the Barça and, in clashes so decisive and important, costs the double. The Argentinian, besides, knows very well to his rival and knows, to spare, what is to mark them. From his debut with the first team, has participated in 42 parties in front of the Athletic of Madrid, to the equal that in front of the Seville.

Only against the Real Madrid (45) has contested more crashes, by what supposes a 'Classical' for the star rosarino. This time comes with more importance that never (to exception of the 2014, when they confronted in the last day, with which defined LaLiga). In question, for this opportunity, both teams arrive with oprtunidades to give a hit on the table and outline like the main candidate to carry the title, by what the 'factor Messi' will have to be very present.

Regarding goals, 'The Flea' great a big quantity in front of the 'colchoneros'. In the mentioned 42 parties in which it has measured in front of the Atleti, has added a total of 32 goals. In the Camp Nou, in concrete, has won in 13 opportunities, more other six ties, a defeat and 18 goals with his authorship.

The spine nailed of Messi

Although the history of Messi in front of the Athletic is very positive, the Argentinian has several parties in his head by which will look for revancha. It fits to remember that andl Barça carries three parties without being able to carry the victory in front of the Madrilenian and that, in the útlimo crash, remained 'portrayed' by a defensive error that derived in the goal of Carrasco.

However, what more weight has is the party of the past 17 May, that closed LaLiga 2013-14, and that gave him the title to the ones of the Cholo Simeone thanks to the tie by the minimum. To his time, Messi remembers that the first party of League that lost in the Camp Nou, in 2006, went in front of the Atleti, by 1-3.

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