Barcelona’s defeat by Atlético Madrid on Wednesday was the fifth club game in a row thatLionel Messi has failed to score, his worst run of form since April 2010.
The 28-year-old has not scored for the club since 16 March, when he sealed a 3-1 win against Arsenal in the round of 16 second leg. He has since gone 452 minutes without a goal for the Azulgrana, though he did net from the spot for Argentina against Bolivia on 29 March.
That represents his worst sequence in six years, since a drought of 527 minutes. When Messi did rediscover his shooting boots in 2010, he proceeded to hit seven in his last four games of the campaign.
Barca fans had better hope that history repeats itself and that Messi goes on a goal scoring tear if they are to hold off the title challenge of both Madrid clubs.
Messi’s goal drought
20 March: Villarreal 2-2 Barcelona
2 April: Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid
5 April: Barcelona 2-1 Atlético Madrid
9 April: Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona
12 April: Atlético Madrid 2-0 Barcelona