Lionel Messi Recalls Missed Penalty Kick vs. Real Madrid in 2022: ‘Hard to Swallow’

Lionel Messi had some significant and disappointing moments during his two seasons with Paris Saint-Germain. One came in the first leg against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 matchup.

The Argentine had an opportunity to open the scoring via a penalty kick midway through the second half. However, Messi would step into the box, and Thibaut Courtois made the save to keep the score 0-0. 

Messi spoke about that penalty kick and matchup loss to Real Madrid in L’Equipe’s documentary Ballon d’Or 2022: la course vers l’éternité.

“This elimination was very painful because we had two good matches, especially in the first leg, where we deserved to obtain a better result,” Messi said (h/t Le10Sport). “I missed a penalty, and for me, it was hard to swallow.”

PSG did score late in that first leg, thanks to Kylian Mbappé. However, the meltdown in the second leg and the final scoreline of 3-2 means that the penalty kick that Messi missed was noticeable. 

It could’ve been an entirely different contest in Madrid had the Ligue 1 side entered the match with a 2-0 lead. Nonetheless, it’s one of those scenarios where many people can say, “What could’ve been.” 

Had Messi scored that penalty kick, maybe his tenure at PSG would have gone in a different direction. We’ll never know. 

Tags Champions League Lionel Messi Real Madrid
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