For Superman it was kryptonite. For Lionel Messi it’s Chelsea.
On the face of it Chelsea couldn’t have picked a worse opponent during the Champions League draw.
Blame Xabi Alonso and his teflon hands for that.
But dig a bit deeper and it turns out Xabi might have done Chelsea a bit of a favour.
When Messi doesn’t score Barcelona invariably don’t win.
In fact, before last night’s 2-0 win against Villarreal, own goal was Barcelona’s second highest scorer this season.
Not scoring is something Messi tends to do against Chelsea.
The Argentinian genius has failed to score in any of his previous eight appearances against Chelsea, with none of his 29 shots ending up in the back of the net.
It’s his worst record against a single club.
The 30-year-old has 21 goals for club and country this season but only two goals for Barcelona in his last eight games.
For a man who once scored 50 league goals during a single season his current form is some way off the pace.
But records are made to be broken, so he’ll probably end up bagging a double hat-trick in the first-leg.