• Of Most Missed Penalties In Champions League History
Lionel Messi has matched Thierry Henry’s unwanted record for missing the most penalties in Champions League history, after he saw his spot-kick saved by Thibaut Courtois in PSG’s 1-0 win over Real Madrid on Tuesday.
The Argentine blew a golden opportunity to break the deadlock at the Parc des Princes after Dani Carvajal brought down Kylian Mbappe inside the box, with his low driven shot parried away.
It means Messi, who has a staggering 679 goals in 799 matches, has now missed five of 23 attempts from the spot in Europe’s elite club competition, drawing him level with his former Barcelona team-mate and Arsenal legend Henry.
And while Messi is one of the greatest goalscorers of all time, the 35-year-old seems to have a ropey record when it comes to putting the ball in the net from 12 yards out.
In the Champions League, that was the fourth spot-kick Messi has seen saved, while his other missed attempt crashed off the post.
In LaLiga, Messi missed 14 penalties in 74 attempts while his record in the Copa del Rey was shocking, given he missed more than he scored.
In the Spanish cup competition, Messi missed a total of six penalties from nine attempts, netting just three times in total.
After PSG’s 1-0 win on Tuesday, Courtois revealed that he had been studying Messi’s spot-kicks prior to the game in what was a good performance from the Belgian goalkeeper despite conceding a last-gasp winner from Mbappe.