Fans fear Lionel Messi is CURSED after he sets unwanted record in PSG's 2-2 draw with Troyes
9th May 2022

FANS fear Lionel Messi could be CURSED after he was denied by the woodwork again in Paris Saint-Germain’s draw with Troyes.

The Argentine superstar, 34, moved to the newly-crowned Ligue 1 champions from Barcelona last summer.


But he has failed to reproduce the incredible goalscoring form he showed at the Nou Camp since his arrival at Parc des Princes.

Messi has only managed to find the net four times for PSG – although he has recorded 13 assists.

And his miserable run continued last night as his side blew a two-goal advantage to draw 2-2 at home to Troyes.

Ike Ugbo and Florian Tardieu cancelled out early strikes from Marquinhos and Neymar to earn the visitors a point.

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After another blank, Messi’s current scoreless run is now three matches – but the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner came mightily close.

The forward was denied by the woodwork twice during another frustrating evening for him.

He has now struck the woodwork ten times this season, which is more than any other player since the beginning of Opta stats for Ligue 1 began back in 2006-07.

Opta confirmed: “Lionel Messi has hit ten times the woodwork with Paris in Ligue 1 2021-22. Since Opta began to collect this data (2006-07), no other player has done it more in the same top-flight season. Curse.”

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And after that stat was revealed, fans quickly reacted on Twitter.

One joked: “Maybe French goals are smaller than normal?”

Another wrote: “Can we now call him a Bar man?”

While another commented: “They turned ‘hitting the woodwork’ to a thing to make Messi relevant.”

PSG Mauricio Pochettino refused to blame his forwards after the draw – instead highlighting mistakes at the back.

He said: “I think we had a good game. We made two mistakes, that's why we didn't win.

“We dominated the game, we had chances but those two mistakes cost us the three points.”

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