Messi continues goal-jinx in the Champions League quarter finals

Messi continues goal-jinx in the Champions League quarter finals

- Messi has not scored in the Champions League last eight for five years

- The Argentine's last goal in the last eight came against PSG in 2013

- Roma compounded Barcelona's woes as they triumphed with a 3-0 win

Barcelona starman Lionel Messi scored his last Champions League quarter-final goal five years ago in a 2-2 draw against Paris Saint-Germain in 2013.

That was when Cristiano Ronaldo was yet to win a Ballon d'Or with Real Madrid but was with the one he won in his Manchester United days. He currently has five.

Messi endured frustrating nights in both legs against Roma, yet netted a hat-trick, in between as Barcelona beat Leganes 3-1 last weekend at Nou Camp.

In another context, Sir Alex Ferguson was still managing, while Arsene Wenger was eight years into his nine-year trophy drought at Arsenal including Los Blancos still having nine European Cups.

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Borussia Dortmund were the Bundesliga holders and PSG were searching for their first Ligue 1 title since 1994 while Chelsea were the reigning European champions.

In 2012/13, Barca went through on away goals after a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp in the return leg before being torn apart 7-0 on aggregate by Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.

A year later, the Catalan giants were beaten 2-1 in the last-eight by Atletico Madrid, with the Barcelona's goal coming from Neymar in the 1-1 first leg draw.

With Luis Enrique in charge, the Catalan side recovered 12 months later as a Luis Suarez masterclass saw them beat PSG 3-1 at Parc Des Princes and 2-0 at home.

Neymar netted the others as Barcelona went on to complete a remarkable Treble campaign that year.

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Rated as heavy favourites in the following term but were again knocked out in the quarter-final stage by Atletico, as Diego Simeone's side claimed a 3-2 aggregate victory.

Barcelona once again fell in the quarter-finals despite famously coming back against PSG at the last-16 stage last season saw Enrique's side installed as favourites for the Champions League.

A defensive masterclass gave Juventus a 3-0 aggregate victory as Paulo Dybala's double won it and the Old Lady held on for a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp in the return fixture.

Roma recorded one of the greatest comebacks of all-time in the Champions League, having lost 4-1 at the Nou Camp before triumphing 3-0 in the return.

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