Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 27 September 2020

Lionel Messi's heaviest defeats: Barcelona's 8-2 loss to Bayern is star's worst by some way

The Argentine suffered an embarrassing night in Lisbon in the Champions League

The look on Lionel Messi's face during and after Barcelona's 8-2 hammering to Bayern Munich in the Champions League said it all.

Dejected, embarrassed and shocked, it was a result which will live long in the memory, as Thomas Mueller-inspired Bayern ran rampant with a late double from Philippe Coutinho and yet another goal from Robert Lewandowski.

Thankfully for Messi, it hasn't been an experience that has occurred frequently during his career, with Barcelona usually handing out the beatings to teams across Spain and wider Europe.

But he hasn't been completely spared. Here's a look at the heaviest defeats he's suffered during his glittering career:

El Clasico nightmare

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 07: Lionel Messi of Barcelona stands dejected backdropped by celebrating Real Madrid players during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on May 7, 2008 in Madrid, Spain. Barcelona lost the match 4-1. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)*** Local Caption *** Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi of Barcelona stands dejected backdropped by celebrating Real Madrid players at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on May 7, 2008. Getty Images

The context couldn't get much worse than this. If a 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid on May 7, 2008 wasn't miserable enough, Messi and his teammates also had to deal with giving their fierce rivals a guard of honour before the match having won the La Liga title.

Xavi was sent off for a second yellow card and Messi went goal-less with Thierry Henry netting the consolation.

This wasn't the only time Messi has been involved in a 4-1 La Liga defeat.

They were beaten by that scoreline at Celta Vigo in September 2015, despite having the dream strike force of Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, who netted. Nolito, Iago Aspas (two) and John Guidetti netted for Celta.

This result came just weeks after Messi and Barcelona were on the end of another rout - losing 4-0 to Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup.

Champions League carnage

The Liverpool celebrate after scoring their fourth goal during the UEFA Champions league semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on May 7, 2019. / AFP / Paul ELLIS
Liverpool celebrate after scoring their fourth goal during the UEFA Champions league semi-final second leg at Anfield on May 7, 2019. AFP

You don't have to go too far back to find humiliation for Messi in the Champions League - just turn the clock back to Anfield and Liverpool in 2019 when Barcelona were beaten 4-0 in the semi-final second leg.

The moment of Messi-esque invention by Trent Alexander-Arnold for Divock Origi's late fourth goal has been replayed time and again.

Messi said afterwards: "It was one of the worst experiences in my career.”

Prior to that there was a 4-0 defeat to Paris Saint Germain in 2017, and another 4-0 scoreline to Bayern Munich in 2013 when Thomas Mueller again put them to the sword with a double.

Argentina's worst defeat in 60 years

Argentina's Lionel Messi reacts as Bolivia's Ronald Rivero (L) and Ronald Garcia (R) celebrate a goal during their 2010 World Cup qualifying soccer match in La Paz April 1, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Caballero (BOLIVIA SPORT SOCCER)
Lionel Messi reacts as Bolivia's Ronald Rivero (left) and Ronald Garcia (right) celebrate a goal during their 2010 World Cup qualifying match in La Paz on April 1, 2009. Reuters

Messi hasn't been exempt from heavy defeats on the international stage, despite representing one of the most successful nations.

In April 2009, Argentina, led by Diego Maradona, headed to La Paz for a World Cup qualifier. The location is notoriously tricky for the away side because of the effects of altitude, but a 6-1 defeat was still a major shock and was Messi's heaviest defeat until the Bayern debacle on Friday.

Striker Joaquin Botero helped himself to a hat-trick, while Angel Di Maria was sent off for a strong Argentina side which included Carlos Tevez, Javier Mascherano and Javier Zanetti.

Messi and Argentina also lost 4-0 to Germany in the 2010 World Cup, with that man again, Thomas Mueller, on the scoresheet.

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