One of the subplots for the UEFA Champions League tie between Juventus and FC Barcelona is that legendary Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon has never conceded a goal against Lionel Messi.
Reflecting on that stat, the Juventus captain said: “to be honest, I’ve been lucky to have had world-class defenders in front of me who have made his job that little bit harder."
And that’s one reason Buffon is so well-liked - what a classy response to give his teammates credit!
The good news for Barcelona is that keepers with similar streaks have not had a good time against Messi lately.
Last year, Petr Cech talked about having never conceded against Messi. His Arsenal lost the tie and he conceded three goals against the Argentine over two legs.
Manuel Neuer also had a record of never receiving goals from Barcelona’s superstar. Two years ago that ended with Lionel Messi scoring a long-range blast and a jaw-dropping chip in Barcelona’s first-leg 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich.