Saturday world soccer giants Barcelona and Actual Madrid meet for the first time this season, and whereas the stakes are all the time excessive that’s undoubtedly the case relating to the La Liga race. Los Blancos, who’ve but to expertise defeat, enter the weekend with a six-point lead on the Blaugrana, and three factors on the street would strengthen Actual Madrid’s grip on the highest spot. With that being the case, a giant day from star Lionel Messi can be simply what the physician ordered for Luis Enrique’s aspect.
Right here’s what it is advisable find out about Messi’s manufacturing in El Clasico.
1. Messi Has Scored a File 21 Objectives in All Competitions
Within the historical past of El Clásico, no participant has scored extra objectives throughout all competitions than Messi, who has 21 to his credit score. That’s three extra objectives than late Actual Madrid nice Alfredo Di Stefano, and 5 greater than present rival Cristiano Ronaldo. Of Messi’s 21 objectives throughout all competitions, 14 have been scored in La Liga matches, 5 within the Spanish Tremendous Cup and two in European competitors (UEFA Champions League). Messi’s La Liga complete is tied for probably the most within the historical past of the rivalry, with the late Di Stefano additionally having 14 objectives in La Liga editions of El Clásico to his credit score.
2. Messi Opened His Account within the Rivalry in 2007
Simply 19 years outdated on the time, Messi made fairly the impression within the second assembly of the season between the La Liga rivals on March 10, 2007. In a highly entertaining 3-3 draw, Messi scored all three objectives for the Blaugrana with the primary coming within the 11th minute on a cross from Samuel Eto’o. Messi would solely wait 17 minutes earlier than placing once more, cleansing up a Ronaldinho shot that was saved by Actual Madrid keeper Iker Casillas. Two gamers had been liable for the 4 first-half objectives: Messi and Actual Madrid’s Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Messi scored his third objective in second-half stoppage time to salvage a 3-3 draw for a Barcelona aspect that performed your complete second half a person down because of defender Oleguer being despatched off simply earlier than halftime. The match would come to be referred to as “The Lionel Messi Match” because of the then-young participant’s efficiency.
3. Messi Scored His Fifth Purpose in El Clásico Throughout the 2008-09 Season
In a season wherein Barcelona gained the UEFA Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey titles, the Blaugrana had been dominant of their 6-2 victory at the Bernabéu on May 1, 2009. Pep Guardiola’s aspect gained by the ultimate rating of 6-2, with Messi and Thierry Henry scoring two objectives apiece to guide the rout. The objectives, which had been scored within the 36th and 75th minutes on assists from Xavi, pushed Messi’s complete in El Clásico to 6. The victory sealed the La Liga title for Barcelona, and as famous above it was simply considered one of three trophies gained by the membership that season.
4. Messi Tallied His Second El Clásico Hat Trick on March 23, 2014
Barcelona gained each conferences between the 2 golf equipment throughout La Liga play in the course of the 2013-14 season, profitable 2-1 on the Camp Nou and 4-3 on the Bernabéu. It might be throughout that second assembly that Messi would record his second career hat trick against Real Madrid, with two of the three objectives approaching second-half penalties. Messi’s first objective of the match, scored within the 42nd minute, was the one which pushed him previous Di Stefano and into the highest spot with 19 objectives scored in El Clásico matches.
Messi’s second penalty accomplished Barcelona’s comeback from 3-2 down, and the victory ended Actual Madrid’s 31-match unbeaten streak. Coming into Saturday’s match, Actual Madrid has gone 31 matches since their last defeat. And an fascinating observe in regards to the 2013-14 season: neither Barcelona nor Actual Madrid gained La Liga, with Atletico Madrid taking the highest spot.
5. Messi Has Gone 5 El Clásico Matches With no Purpose
The hat trick Messi tallied in 2014 additionally represents the final time that he’s scored in opposition to Barcelona’s largest rival. Messi’s gone 5 matches in all competitions with out a objective in opposition to Actual Madrid, with 4 of the matches coming in La Liga. The lone exception was the 2014 Copa del Rey closing, a match gained by Actual Madrid by the ultimate rating of 2-1. In these 5 matches Messi, the report holder for many assists in El Clásico historical past with 13 in all competitions, accounted for only one help. In these 5 matches, Barcelona has a report of two wins and three defeats.
One in all Barcelona’s two wins throughout Messi’s dry spell was a 4-0 victory at the Bernabéu final November, with Luis Suárez scoring twice and Neymar and Andres Iniesta including a objective apiece. Messi, who got here on as a substitution that evening, missed the five La Liga matches prior with a torn ligament in his left knee.