Barcelona's five toughest European losses of the Lionel Messi era - in pictures
A 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield saw Barca surrender a 3-0 lead in this season's Uefa Champions League semi-finals
May 7, 2019: Semi-final, second leg – Liverpool 4 Barcelona 0 (Barcelona lose 3-4 on aggregate). The result that inspired this list. Barcelona appeared destined for the final after a 3-0 win at Camp Nou, inspired by Messi’s latest masterclass – the Argentine with two goals, the second a wondrous free-kick. Barca arrived at Anfield bolstered by the fact Liverpool were missing two of the key attackers in Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. What transpired was one of the most famous nights at Liverpool’s storied stadium – and not in a good way for Barcelona. Two goals apiece from Divock Origi and substitute Georginio Wijnaldum sent Liverpool to the final in Madrid and left Barcelona shell-shocked after a second successive implosion. Getty Images
April 10, 2018: Quarter-final, second leg – Roma 3 Barcelona 0 (4-4 on aggregate, Barcelona exit on away goals). The first implosion hinted at in the previous slide was, of course, this meltdown in the Italian capital. Barcelona were leading 4-1 after the first leg in Catalonia, with only Edin Dzeko’s 80th minute ‘consolation’ giving Roma a sliver of hope. Instead, Dzeko set the tone in the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico by scoring in the sixth minute as Roma went in search of an unlikely win. A Daniele De Rossi penalty pulled Roma within sight with just over half an hour remaining. Kostas Manolas then sealed a remarkable win with a header eight minutes from time. Getty Images
April 23/May 2, 2013: Semi-final – Bayern Munich v Barcelona (Barcelona lose 7-0 on aggregate). While the first two entries saw Barcelona lose from seemingly insurmountable positions, this tie saw the Catalan giants crushed from start to finish. Bayern Munich claimed a 4-0 lead after the first leg at the Allianz Arena, with Thomas Muller scoring twice and one goal each for Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben. Any hopes of a miraculous Barca comeback were dashed when Robben struck after half time at the Camp Nou, before a Gerard Pique own goal and Muller’s third of the tie ensured the heaviest aggregate defeat in Champions League history. Getty Images
April 24, 2012: Semi-final, second leg – Barcelona 2 Chelsea 2 (Barcelona lose 3-2 on aggregate). Didier Drogba gave Chelsea a slender advantage after the first leg at Stamford Bridge, but defending champions Barcelona were widely expected to overturn the narrow deficit at Camp Nou against a side struggling domestically. They did exactly that when Sergio Busquets opened the scoring in the 35th minute, and when Chelsea captain John Terry was sent off two minutes later and Andres Iniesta made it 2-0 to Barca on the night just before the interval, it looked to be game over. But Ramires scored a delightful chip just before half time to hand the aggregate lead back to Chelsea, before Fernando Torres confirmed Chelsea’s passage to the final in the second minute of injury time. Getty Images
April 20, 2010: Semi-final – Inter Milan v Barcelona (Barcelona lose 3-2 on aggregate). When Jose Mourinho was in charge at Inter Milan and at the height of his powers, Inter were the dominant force in Serie A. Few gave them much hope against an all-conquering Barcelona team, however. A tactical masterclass by Mourinho and his players gave the Italians a 3-1 first-leg lead at the San Siro, with goals from Wesley Sneijder, Maicon and Diego Milito. Despite the two-goal deficit, this tie was still in the balance heading to Camp Nou, but Inter produced a brilliant defensive performance to limit Barca to one goal, which didn’t come until Gerard Pique struck in the 84th minute. Inter would go on to win the title and clinch the treble. Getty Images
Lionel Messi is one of the most decorated footballers in history, but even the Barcelona superstar has suffered his fair share of heartbreak.
Granted, the Argentine has not experienced too much disappointment domestically (what with winning 10 La Liga titles), but he has been on the receiving end of some tough results in the Uefa Champions League, none more so than Tuesday night’s
thrashing at the hands of Liverpool.
With that in mind, we look at five of Barcelona’s toughest Champions League losses during the Messi era in the photo gallery above. To move on to the next image, click on the arrows or thumbnails, or if using a mobile device, simply swipe.
Updated: May 8, 2019 12:21 PM