Messi Nets 500 Barcelona Goals; Tops El Clasico with 15


Los Blancos looked to have earned a point after James Rodriguez levelled the scores in the 85th minute, but a stoppage-time victor from Lionel Messi made it a 3-2 victory for Barca. I am disappointed for him. "He is the best player for me in history and I have seen a lot of football", said Barca boss Luis Enrique as he celebrated victory in his final Clasico in charge. I know and so do you that this is not true, but we can't prevent people from talking.

Ramos saw red for a two-footed challenge on Messi with 13 minutes remaining and the five-time Ballon d'Or victor came back to haunt Madrid after settling the Clasico in the second minute of stoppage time.

Messi silenced the Bernabeu in the final seconds when he scored his 500th goal for the club to earn Barcelona a dramatic 3-2 win against rivals Real Madrid. The high tackle on Leo Messi could warrant very little else from referee Alejandro Hernández. The German dived low to his left to turn global teammate Toni Kroos's effort behind before diverting Karim Benzema's goalbound header to safety with his outstretched foot.

But ter Stegen, who has won nine caps for his country, downplayed his own performance, instead praising the character shown by his team.

Iniesta said: "I think the great thing about Leo is that he continues to surprise".

"The games from here until the end of the season are the most unsafe as everyone is desperate for points and we have had problems with teams near the bottom, which makes this a risky game for us", added Luis Enrique.

It's been a season of fluctuating fortunes for Barcelona.

But Luis Enrique does not necessarily believe Madrid's extra commitments are an advantage for Barca.

A stunning comeback in the Champions League saw Barcelona recover to beat PSG 6-5 in a thrilling finale at the Camp Nou.

Twice Barcelona came from behind after Karim Benzema's brace in the first-half and Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty strike in the second-half as both teams played out one of the most entertaining Clasico's in recent times.

"It hurts when you consider the situation we were in before the match, but there's no time to dwell on it". We will keep doing our best to try to win matches. It will be hard as always.

"We went to the Bernabeu to win and to continue to fight for La Liga", the five-time Ballon d'Or victor said on his Facebook page. "We'll try our best to do it".