Messi breaks Clasico record in thrilling draw


While Ronaldo would be replaced by Marcos Asensio after picking up an injury, it was his closest rival in the league and the world of football Lionel Messi who would convert to give Barcelona the lead in the 52 minute.

Despite the Argentine's brilliance El Clasico, Barcelona failed to claim the title that season, a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on the last day of the season handing La Liga to Diego Simeone's men. "It was a very intense game from the very first minute", said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. "Both sides always want to win a game like this". Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute.

"Right now it's not good, but it's going to be minor".

Barcelona stayed unbeaten through 35 league matches this season and extended its record run to 42 consecutive games without a loss.

"It's tough playing down a man, especially against Madrid", Suarez said after the game, as reported by Barcelona website. But seeing his team reduced to ten men before the break sent him into overdrive, and Messi played like a man possessed in the second half as he flew around the pitch with the kind of energy rarely seen from him these days.

Barcelona has a test against Villarreal at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Camp Nou.

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Ronaldo now has 450 career goals for Madrid.

And perhaps more pertinently, Los Blancos are now sweating on the fitness of Ronaldo after he was forced off at half-time with a foot injury sustained in the process of scoring his equalising goal. The flick went toward the net and found Ronaldo, who tapped it past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Barcelona began to lose its composure and Jordi Alba shoved Luka Modric before both Suarez and Sergio Ramos were booked for a tussle. That preceded Roberto's red card.

Ronaldo stayed on the bench and, without its star, Madrid couldn't impose its numerical advantage.

Already touted as the world's best player, Messi, in the presence of Ronaldinho, stamped his authority on El Clasico in a way that would become familiar over the following decade. With most of the players visibly exhausted and struggling to recover on defense, both sides had chances to get the win. Real Madrid had denied giving the La liga champions the guard of honour during the El Classico on Sunday.