It is hard to argue against Messi's candidacy for this year's Balon d' Or. With all the goals and assists he has racked up, the Barcelona star is truly a living legend.
Further more, Messi is head and shoulders above almost any player he will ever face. The Blaugrana striker is an alien, an enigma and a god in Barcelona. There seems to be no stopping the Argentine, but that does not mean that some do not try.
But every legend and hero is not without their share of foes.
Messi has several opponents that consistently test the 25-year-old in La Liga. I must first admit that Messi posseses very few weaknesses if any. But, that doesn't stop teams from testing him.
What follows is a look at Lionel Messi's biggest opponents in La Liga.
Note for this article we will be looking mainly at Lionel Messi's direct performances against La Liga teams in domestic competition courtesy of statistics from transfermarkt.co.uk