The Argentina international has been the scourge of the Riazor side over the years, as the teams meet in La Liga later today.
As always, Lionel Messi will be key to the Catalan club’s chances, but the South American’s record against today’s opponents will be a source of confidence for the travelling support.
Messi’s goalscoring exploits and excellent personal record in the fixture can be seen in the stats below.
- In nine La Liga games against Deportivo, Messi has scored nine goals.
- The four-times Ballon d’Or winner has netted four goals over the course of the last two meetings, including a hat-trick in the memorable 5-4 away win back in October 2012.
- In his last three visits to the Riazor, Messi has scored six goals.
- Messi scored one and created three assists in Barcelona’s 4-0 away win in January 2011.
- In the nine games the Argentine has played against Depor, Barcelona have won eight and drawn one - his first outing against the Galician side back in November 2006 was the only game he did not win.
- Barcelona have failed to beat Deportivo on only three of the last ten meetings; Messi did not play in any of them. The South American was on the bench once and absent twice; Depor won once and drew the other two.
Luis Enrique’s men will hope for three points today to complement their title aspirations and anything other than an away win would be a shock.
For Deportivo to get anything out of the game the objective looks clear: stop Lionel Messi.