Lionel Messi's UCL quarter-final 'curse' has seen him fail to score in his last eleven games

FC Barcelona v Olympique Lyonnais - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

The UEFA Champions League quarter-final draw took place on Friday morning throwing up some mouth-watering clashes.

Having done away with German giants Bayern Munich, Liverpool were arguably handed the easiest assignment as they were drawn alongside Porto while Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus will take on Real Madrid conquerer’s, Ajax.

Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City will tussle it out in the only all-English clash in the last eight.

The biggest tie of the round will see newly reborn Manchester United tackle Spanish superpower Barcelona.

The Red Devils looked all but out after Paris Saint-Germain tore them apart at Old Trafford but staged a monumental comeback, conquering their Parisian Everest to book a spot in the last eight.

However, fans will have cringed when United were coughed up alongside Barcelona on Friday, in what can only be described as the worst possible draw for the Manchester side.

Barca have a fantastic record against United in European competition, winning their last two encounters, both finals, quite comfortably.

With the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez bearing down on them, it will be interesting to see how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s resurgent side holds out.

Manchester United's Nani (L) and Nemanja

Messi especially has been in sublime form of late and history proves that the Argentine superstar loves a game against United.

With 36 goals to his name already this season, Messi will be confident of halting United’s progress in this year’s competition.

The Red Devils, however, might just find some solace in Messi’s dreadful record in Champions League quarter-finals.

The 31-year-old has failed to score in last 11 fixtures at this stage of the tournament - a bizarre baron stretch spanning over six seasons.


In fact, you have to go as far back as April 2013 to find the last time Barca’s leading goalscorer netted in a last eight tie.

Last season, Messi was helpless as his side crashed out at the same stage after a stunning 3-0 loss to Roma and United will be hoping for a similarly toothless performance from the great man.

The five-time Balon d'Or winner also drew a blank in prior quarter-final clashes with Juventus, twice against Atletico Madrid and in Barca's 2015 tie with PSG.

Should the curse of the last eight strike again for Messi, United might just have a chance of causing a big upset.

It’s going to be quite a tie - we can’t wait.

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