- TheFootballLovers will cover the penalty misses by one of the biggest superstars of the sport.
- Even Messi has missed penalties at the biggest stage of them all.
The 5 most important penalty misses by Messi
1. The 2012 Champions League semi-final vs Chelsea
Messi top 5 most important penalty misses start off with the miss against Chelsea in the UCL semi-final.
Lionel Messi missed a penalty in the 2012 Champions League semi-final against Chelsea. Just three minutes into the second half, FC Barcelona won a penalty. Messi stepped up to take the penalty but failed to score. He hit the crossbar. FC Barcelona ended up losing the match and was out of the competition
2. The 2016 Copa America final vs Chile
Lionel Messi missed a penalty in the penalty shootout against Chile in the 2016 Copa America final. Messi missed the first penalty in the shootout and missed it badly. Argentina lost the shootout and Messi dissolved to tears. This was his chance to finally win an international trophy.
3. The 2013 Spanish Super Cup final vs Atletico Madrid
Messi missed a penalty against Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup final. The game was tied at 0-0. At the final moments, FC Barcelona won a penalty. Messi had the chance to put the game to bed once and for all. However, the Argentine superstar hit the crossbar and left the whole crowd astonished. Barcelona did end up winning the match\
4. The 2011 Copa Del Rey vs Real Betis
Real Betis had a two-goal advantage at half-time of the Copa Del Rey fixture. During the second half, Barcelona won a penalty for a handball. Messi stepped up to take the penalty and skied his effort above the crossbar. Barcelona ended up losing the match 3-1.
5. The 2014 International Friendly vs Brazil
Argentina were trailing 1-0 in the friendly match against Brazil. They were presented with an opportunity to get a goal back when Di Maria was fouled inside the penalty box. However, the FC Barcelona star’s tame attempt was easily saved by the goalkeeper.