All it needed was a moment of brilliance from Lionel Messi to settle the tie at Santiago Bernabeu. A stoppage time winner from the Argentinean helped Barcelona edge past their arch rivals at home and now held the pole position in the La Liga.
The story of this season’s last El Clasico as it concludes: Real Madrid – 2, Barcelona – 3. Casemiro’s beautiful touch put the host up front, but Barça responded shortly after to level the tie. Ivan Rakitic scored a stunning goal late in the second half to give visitors the lead, but James Rodriguez netted the equalizer quickly coming off the bench. As it was heading towards a draw and Real fans were hoping to celebrate, Messi netted a stoppage-time winner to spoil the evening for Real Madrid.
The brace from Lionel Messi ended his El Clasico drought as he scored his first goal El Clasico goal in six El Clasicos. With these two goals, the 29-year old has extended his goal tally in the El Clasico to 18 and is still the leading goalscorer in the derby.
Lionel #Messi scores 2nd goal of the day and his 500th career goal for Barcelona.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 23, 2017
The extraordinary little Argentinean added one more record to his name by scoring 500 goals for Barcelona. What more he has in his closet, we’ll have to wait and see. There's a reason why he's touted as the GOAT!