5 best Lionel Messi performances in El Clasico
#2 Real Madrid vs Barcelona, UEFA Champions League 2010/11, semi-final first leg (Final score: Real 0-2 Barcelona)
The semi-final (first leg) tie was the third Clasico which was played in less than a fortnight. This tie was marred by some rough play from both sides and the hosts were reduced to ten men after Pepe was sent off for a challenge on Dani Alves, a minute after the hour mark.
The deadlock was broken in the 76th minute when Messi tapped home a cross from Ibrahim Afellay. The highlight of the match came in the three minutes from time when Lionel Messi took over from Sergio Busquets in midfield and eased past 4-5 Madrid defenders before slotting past a helpless Iker Casillas.
The game was an example of the sheer class Messi exuded. His exquisite ball control, composure in front and ability to get past defenders with ease were all shown in his second goal. Throughout the game, Messi had caused problems for the Madrid defence and his hard work was rewarded with a brace which gave the visitors a comfortable 2-0 aggregate lead.
Barcelona eventually won the Champions League after beating Manchester United at Wembley.