Messi breaks El Clasico record

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Lionel Messi of Barcelona
  • Post published:May 7, 2018

After giving Barcelona the lead in a 2-2 draw at home to rivals Real Madrid, Lionel Messi now holds an El Clasico goalscoring record.

Messi set an El Clasico goalscoring record as 10-man Barcelona held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw at Camp Nou on Sunday.

With the scores level at 1-1 and the La Liga champions down to 10 men due to Sergi Roberto’s red card, the Argentinian ace sent a brilliant low finish home to put Barca in front.

The goal – Messi’s first in five home El Clasicos – means he has now scored seven times in league fixtures between the sides at Camp Nou, more than any other player.

Messi passed Paco Gento’s mark only for Gareth Bale to equalise for Madrid, while Cristiano Ronaldo also recorded a landmark goal.

Although the Portugal superstar was substituted at half-time due to injury, he had earlier levelled for Madrid after Luis Suarez’s opener.

That goal was Ronaldo’s 18th against Barcelona, levelling the Madrid record in the El Clasico previously held outright by club great Alfredo Di Stefano.