Barça and Villarreal face each other this Sunday at the Estadio de la Cerámica, and so do two of the league's most lethal strikers
There’s a cracking game on the way at the Estadio de la Cerámica (Sunday at 4.15 pm CEST). FC Barcelona visit seventh-placed Villarreal in an encounter that also brings together two of the most in-form strikers in Europe: Leo Messi and Gerard Moreno.
The Argentinian has 25 goals in his account, but the Catalonia-born star of the Yellow Submarine isn’t far short of that tally with 20.
Let’s take a closer look at their stats this season and in previous encounters.
Leo Messi Games: 29 Goals: 25 (3 penalties) Assists: 9 Shots on goal: 80 Participation in team’s goals: 34 out of 73 (46.5%)
Gerard Moreno Games: 27 Goals: 20 (9 penalties) Assists: 5 Shots on goal: 43 Participation in team’s goals: 25 out of 51 (51%)
Moreno is Villarreal’s highest scorer since the 2004/05 season, when Diego Forlán scored 25.
Head to head
Leo Messi Wins against Villarreal: 16 (plus 5 draws and 2 defeats) Goals against Villarreal: 15 (including in the 4-0 win at Camp Nou earlier this season
Gerard Moreno Wins against Barça: 0 (5 defeats and 1 draw with Espanyol and 3 defeats and 1 draw with Villarreal) Goals against Barça: 2 (the 1-1 as an Espanyol player in 2017/18 and the 4-1 defeat as a Villarreal player in 2019/20).