The Argentine forwards came face-to-face in the Champions League, but who came out on top?
The second set of Champions League ties are upon us, as Europe’s elite sides are pitted against each other once again.
This time around it was Manchester City hosting Barcelona in the last-16 of the competition, giving us a repeat of the same fixture from 12 months ago.
There were plenty of subtexts to the game given what happened last year, with forwards Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero coming up against each other in a battle of the Argentines and Luis Suarez making his first appearance in England since his summer move from Liverpool.
We decided to take a look at who came out on top between Aguero and Messi in the eventual 2-1 win for Barcelona.
First and foremost, a forwards job is to score goals, and on this occasion Aguero managed to bag one while Messi didn’t. Even more importantly for the City striker, it was the goal that gives his side a fighting chance in the return leg at the Nou Camp.
Elsewhere, though, Messi came out on top in every category. In the total scoring attempt column he managed to get away twice as many as Aguero, while he also had one more total attempted assist to his name.
His passing was also key to Barcelona’s victory, completing 69 accurate passes compared to his compatriot’s 14, while he also had 17 forward passes in comparison to the City man’s 3. Dribbling was also a strong point for Messi, winning 10 in comparison to Aguero’s five.
So, a 2-1 win for Barcelona then and a win for Lionel Messi as well. He may have missed a late penalty, and an open goal on the rebound which could have put the tie to bed, but for one night at least, he was way ahead of his international rival.