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Lionel Messi’s Performance In El Clasico Was Incredible

Ben Migono / April 24, 2017

Year after year, people discuss the merits of both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to determine which of the two can be considered the best footballer in the world. After Sunday’s match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, it’s hard to argue against the case for Messi.

 

But it didn’t start well for the Argentinian. At the 20′ mark, Messi received an elbow from Real Madrid’s Marcelo which left the striker with a bloody face. He left for a bit to get treatment, but when he returned, he was a force to be reckoned with.

 

 

Real Madrid opened up the scoring when Casemiro found the ball after Sergio Ramos struck the post with his volley.

 

 

Cue Lionel Messi. With his team down by one, he received a pass just outside the box and then he did the rest. In typical Messi fashion, he was able to avoid three defenders on his way to evening the match at 1-1.

 

 

Barcelona finally took the lead when Ivan Rakitic sent a blistering shot past Keylor Navas.

 

 

Just a few minutes after, Real Madrid didn’t help their cause when Sergio Ramos received a red card for this tackle on, you guessed it, Lionel Messi.

 

 

Real Madrid didn’t give up at that point though and were rewarded with the equalizer when James Rodriquez evened the score up at 2-2 in the 84th minute.

 

 

In stoppage time, Lionel Messi did what he did best, and scored when his team needed him the most.

 

 

After getting bloodied and booed over the course of the match, scoring the winning goal pushed Messi to pull off his jersey to stick it to the fans. He received a yellow card for it, but if you asked him if he would do it again? Yes. I know I would.

 

 

Not only did the goal give his team the lead, he won them the game, and put Barcelona on even level for first place in the La Liga standings. It was also his 500th goal for FC Barcelona. Can we call him the G.O.A.T. yet?

 

 

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