UDA Gramenet is the only team Lionel Messi has faced with Barcelona and not beaten


Lionel Messi delivered another vintage performance against Lyon this week.

Barcelona had disappointed during a goalless first leg, but made no mistake this time around, securing a dramatic 5-1 win and qualifying for the Champions League quarter-finals.

The display came just one day after Cristiano Ronaldo had made the headlines with a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid and Messi couldn't resist delivering a masterclass of his own.

Messi scored two goals of his own at the Nou Camp, while also turning provider to Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele during the closing stages.

Ernesto Valverde was very pleased with his captain's display, noting: "We are all psyched up for the Champions League and so is Leo. He produced an outstanding performance tonight, he was incredible."

Messi equals Xavi's record

There was also a little bit of history for Messi, who notched up his 467th victory for the Blaugrana and equalled Xavi's club record in the process.

Not only that but the 31-year-old achieved that many victories in just 673 games - producing a win ratio of 71 per cent - as opposed to Xavi who required 767 matches.

It was an achievement that also encouraged another interesting statistic and one that has been reported in the Daily Mail this week.


UDA Gramenet survive Messi

They remarkably revealed that of the 85 teams that Messi has played against at Barcelona, that he has beaten 84 of them on at least one occasion.

Pretty incredible, but what's the only team to avoid defeat to the mercurial Argentina?

Well, the answer is UDA Gramenet and congratulations to anybody who can remember when Messi was on the receiving end of a defeat to them.

Gramenet can now be found playing in the Segunda Catalana division, but were able to claim the scalp of Barcelona during a Copa del Rey match in 2004-05.

Messi was chosen in the starting XI as Barcelona suffered a shock 1-0 defeat and haven't played the team since, meaning their star man has been unable to exact revenge.

Consequently, UDA Gramenet have the unlikely title of being the only team to face Messi's Barcelona and avoid defeat. It's a pretty incredible achievement. 


At the other end of the spectrum, Sevilla are the team to suffer the most losses at the hands of Messi and come up second best on no less than 28 occasions.

Meanwhile, everybody from Manchester United to Real Madrid, AC Milan to Ajax have been put to the sword and no doubt Messi will extend his list in years to come.

Messi will just have to keep his fingers crossed for a favourable Copa del Rey draw and then he can complete the set.

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