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Messi and Diego Costa.

Messi and Diego Costa.

The quarter-final Champions League tie between FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid brings together two on-form teams. The principal attacking players on the pitch, Leo Messi and Diego Costa, personify the sweet run of form enjoyed by both teams.

Messi, 36 goals in 36 matches

Messi, 26 years old, has scored a total of 36 goals in 36 appearances this season, including eight goals from five appearances in the Champions League. The Argentinian has netted in his last five matches for Barça. Against Atlético he’s netted 20 goals in 18 matches. Messi has broken nearly every possible goalscoring record and now he’s focused on one of the few he has yet to conquer: becoming the highest goalscorer in Champions League history. So far he’s scored 67 goals in 84 matches.

Costa, 33 goals in 43 matches

Diego Costa, 25 years old, is having the best season of his career since he arrived to Spain. In his 43 games (in all competitions) he’s scored 33 goals. In the Champions League he’s netted seven goals in five appearances. Just as Messi, he’s scored in his last five matches. However, with that said, he’s never defeated FC Barcelona.


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