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Messi hasn't scored in April yet

Since the International break, the Argentine is at the break of the 500th goal

Messi hasn't scored in April yet
Messi hasn't scored in April yet

Since the International break, the Argentine is at the break of the 500th goal

Mascherano & Messi
Mascherano & Messi

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On March the 30th, Leo Messi scored, on a penalty kick, the second goal of the Argentina - Bolivia game. According to the official numbers, that goal was the 499th of his career: 449 goals with Barça in 519 games and 50 goals in 107 games with Argentina (in this second calculation friendlies are taken into account. Therefore, Leo Messi is on the verge of scoring goal number 500 and, just like it was the case when he was about to beat Zarra for best scorer ever in La Liga, the number resists him.

Messi's last goal with Barça was the 3rd scored against Arsenal, on March the 16th of 2016, in the 88th minute of the game. Since that day, Barça have faced Villarreal, Real Madrid, Atlético and Real Sociedad and Messi couldn't score any goal. It now makes 362 minutes without scoring. If we take the 2009/10 season as a reference, when Guardiola put him as a 'false 9', it is not the first time Messi sums up over three games without scoring with the Barça shirt on, but curiously the dates coincide, always around the month of April.

Between the 14th and the 28th of April in 2010, after scoring against Real Madrid in the 32nd minute, the Argentine had 5 games without putting the ball into the net: Deportivo, Espanyol, Inter, Xerez and Inter, accumulating 474 minutes of drought. He broke the bad streak in Villarreal, with a double (18th and 87th minute).

One year later (the 2010/11 season), Messi had two periods in which he played 4 games and didn't score. The first happened after scoring against Arsenal (second leg of the Champion's League last 16) on March the 8th, and against Sevilla, Getafe, Villarreal and Shakhtar. He ended the drought against Almeria after 431 minutes.

After a month, after scoring 2 goals to Real Madrid that sealed the first leg of the Champion's League semi-finals, he spent 4 games without finding the net: Real Sociedad, Real Madrid (the second leg), Espanyol and Levante. The goal he scored in the Champion's League final in Wembley, against Manchester United, ended a 417-minute drought.