With Lionel Messi once again failing to score in FC Barcelona's shocking UEFA Champions League exit on Tuesday, he has, in fact, never scored in ties the Blaugrana were eliminated in, while Cristiano Ronaldo seems to step it up on bad days.
Barcelona surrendered a 4-1 first leg advantage to lose 3-0 in Rome and crash out on away goals, but as well as blaming Valverde's tactics, fingers were pointed at an off-colour Messi.
With a 3-4-1-2 formation, Roma coach, Eusebio Di Francesco, proved a tactical masterstroke as goals by Edin Dzeko, Daniele de Rossi and Kostas Manolas saw off Barcelona.
"We had no response, everything went for them and for us we struggled to build our play", he said.
"And he let Messi know about it but the forward would also have been devastated as it now seriously hampers his chance of winning the Ballon d" Or. We couldn't overcome their pressing.
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Catalan daily Sport lamented Barcelona's "Messi-dependancy", while popular nationwide daily El Pais criticised the club's hierarchy for a "path of unlimited spending" and said it was "scary to think about what this club is doing with the best player in history". And for a spell, Zidane was their football director, then he was a side coach and now he's the number one coach. "[The coach] chooses the team, the changes, he plans the game, the season.so I am absolutely responsible for everything". This is an advanced quiz and we're fairly confident you won't get top marks, but we're hoping to be proved wrong.
"When you do things badly, make lots of mistakes and don't adapt to the game, this is what happens".
The defeat came with Barca now on course to win La Liga and with a Copa del Rey final against Sevilla approaching later this month.
Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu, meanwhile, admitted that Roma deserved to progress, apologising to the club's supporters in the process.
"The dream for all of us was to reach the semis and I'm very sorry to all the Barcelona fans in the world", he told Catalunya TV.