Cristiano Ronaldo should have had a good weekend as Real Madrid hosted Barcelona in El Clasico, however it ended in disappointment as Lionel Messi stole the show in a 3-2 Barca victory.
With the result, Barca and Madrid moved level on points, though the latter have a game in hand in their pursuit of a first LaLiga title since 2012 and Marcelo was in a positive mood post-match. "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.
For Ronaldo and Messi it of course brings about an added degree of intensity to the game, with each player aiming to be the difference on one of the biggest days in the football calendar.
Messi will now hope to continue his form into the season run-in, as Barcelona aim to complete a league-and-cup double. "If I make a foul, they don't score the goal".
Messi's second goal at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday was a last-minute victor that gave him 500 career goals with Barcelona, and he was honored for the milestone before the Osasuna game, with a huge banner displayed on the stands with the words "Thank you Leo".
Messi had cancelled out Casemiro's opener before half-time. The high tackle on Leo Messi could warrant very little else from referee Alejandro Hernández. However, fittingly, Messi had the final say with a brilliant finish deep into stoppage time. Now people are better prepared and he makes the difference.
5 Lionel Messi set the record for most goals in a club season.
Messi's strike partner Luis Suarez was also lavish in his praise for the Argentine.
Real Madrid was dealt a fresh injury blow for the remainder of its league season and upcoming Champions League semifinals against Atletico Madrid as Gareth Bale faces another spell on the sidelines. "He's the best centre-back in the world", he said. When you don't kill off the game, it can pass you by and that's what happened. "I don't regret it", the Frenchman told Real's official website.
Captain Andres Iniesta said: "Leo's greatness doesn't stop surprising us".
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