Barcelona's second-highest scorer in their last two Champions League campaigns is 'Own Goal'

Roma scoring an own goal v Barca in 2018

Barcelona's last two seasons in the Champions League have been memorable for all the wrong reasons.

The Blaugrana have crashed out of Europe's premier competition in dramatic style the last two years running, with three-goal leads blown in each.

In 2017/18, Barca arrived in Rome with a healthy 4-1 advantage, but managed to lose 3-0 to Roma.

And on Tuesday night, Ernesto Valverde's side were on the receiving end of one of the most devastating Champions League performances ever seen as Liverpool thrashed them 4-0 at Anfield.

Barca had won 3-0 in the Nou Camp six days previously, but were second-best in every department to Jurgen Klopp's side on Merseyside.

The only player on the pitch for the La Liga champions who seemed to have any idea was Lionel Messi, who created a number of chances to kill the tie.

Messi also missed three good chances to score himself, with Alisson Becker thwarting the Argentine.

In the aftermath, Barca's talisman has been criticised, but there is a school of thought that he is pretty much doing it all on his own in Europe.

And the club's scoring stats from the last two seasons in the Champions League do not make for pretty reading for everyone bar Messi.

That's because 'own-goal' is actually their second top scorer in the competition over the last two years on six.

Messi has 18 CL goals in the last two years


Messi - 18

Own Goal - 6

Dembele - 4

Coutinho - 3

Pique - 3

Suarez & Rakitic - 2

Digne, Alcacer, Rafinha, Malcom & Alba - 1

Suarez has been woeful in the CL

Luis Suarez has some serious explaining to do...

Those scoring stats are simply not sustainable and Barca's reliance on Messi is getting to the point of stupidity.

It's no wonder that the club are now pursuing Antoine Griezmann once again, because Suarez has proven that he is not capable of chipping in regularly to help Messi in Europe.

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