Lionel Messi Poses With Gary Lineker After Barcelona Touch Down In London Ahead Of Champions League Clash With Chelsea

The Argentine star poses with former Barcelona striker Lineker after arriving in London

Lionel Messi has met with Gary Lineker and his four sons, shortly after European giants Barcelona touched down in London for their clash with Chelsea on Tuesday in the Champions League.

Lineker shared the picture on his Instagram on Monday with the caption: ‘So this just happened. Finally managed to organise something that genuinely excited all 4 boys….oh, and dad. Thanks @leomessi.’

Ernesto Valverde’s men appeared in a very relaxed mood on Monday as they arrived in gloomy London on the eve of their first leg match against Antonio Conte’s side.

Messi shared a picture on his own Instagram page of him leaving his team’s plane having arrived in the English capital.

The likes of Messi, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele were earlier snapped at Barcelona Airport getting ready to make their way onto the plane.

It comes as no surprise that the Catalan giants are in high spirits as they go into the European clash in very good form.

Barcelona are unbeaten in their last eight fixtures in all competitions, while Conte’s squad have been in very mixed form.

At the weekend, Barcelona had to work hard to overcome Eibar in La Liga 2-0 thanks to goals from Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba.

The victory ensured the Nou Camp outfit maintained their very healthy seven-point advantage at the summit of the Spanish top flight ahead of Atletico Madrid.

And Messi, who as ever has played an instrumental role this season, will be looking to continue his fine form on Tuesday at Stamford Bridge and put Chelsea to the sword.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is just three goals away from joining the Champions League 100 club but he will have to do something he has never done before to get there in the next two games – score against Chelsea.

In eight meetings between 2006 and 2012, Messi failed to find the back of the net in 655 minutes on the pitch against the Blues.

The last time the two teams met was in the 2012 Champions League semi-final, when he struck the bar from the penalty spot at the Nou Camp, which ended up costing Barcelona a place in the final.

The Argentine will be desperate to get his revenge against the Blues and help Barcelona gain an advantage going into the second leg on March 14. 

Messi, who as ever has played an instrumental role this season, will be looking to continue his fine form on Tuesday at Stamford Bridge and put Chelsea to the sword.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is just three goals away from joining the Champions League 100 club but he will have to do something he has never done before to get there in the next two games – score against Chelsea.

Messi and his Barcelona team-mates are in London for their clash with Chelsea

Luis Suarez and his Barcelona colleagues come up against Chelsea on Tuesday night

Samuel Umtiti (left) and Ousmane Dembele pose for a photo as they prepare to board

Ivan Rakitic appeared in a joyful mood as he arrived in rainy London on Monday

Messi and Barcelona were pictured leaving Spain for London earlier on Monday morning 

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