5 best Lionel Messi performances in El Clasico
FC Barcelona host Real Madrid in the 232nd El Clasico. Over the years, the Clasico has been famous for its feisty battles. This tie has showcased brilliant performances by some of the greatest players to have ever graced the game.
The spotlight will be on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who look to help their team secure the win over their arch rivals. During his time at Barcelona, Messi has produced some stellar performances against Real Madrid. The Argentine has scored a total of twenty-one goals, making him the highest goalscorer in this fixture.
In this piece we shall have a look at the five best performances of the little magician against Real Madrid:
#1 Real Madrid vs Barcelona, La Liga 2008-09 (Final score: Real 2-6 Barcelona)
Real Madrid fans would certainly like to forget this game as they saw their team being comprehensively beaten by Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Barcelona conceded in the fourteenth minute after Gonzalo Higuain gave the hosts the lead. The visitors equalised in the 18th minute when Messi found Thierry Henry, who was played on-side by Sergio Ramos. Barca went ahead two minutes after the restart with Puyol scoring a thumping header from a free kick . Messi got on the scoresheet in the 30th and 75th minute with Pique completing the rout in the 83rd minute.
Lionel Messi had a wonderful game linking up seamlessly with his team-mates, making intelligent runs behind the defence, scoring as well as setting up his teammates. Further evidence of this was his link up with Xavi for the fifth goal when he calmly beat Casillas on his near post after Xavi dissected the Real defence with his intricate passing.
Messi ended the night with a brace and an assist.