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REAL MADRID 2-3 BARCELONA: LIONEL MESSI SCORES 500TH GOAL AS ZIDANE'S SIDE GO TOP OF LA LIGA TAB


Lionel Messi scored two brilliant goals and completely outplayed rival Cristiano Ronaldo as Barca blew the title race wide open with a 3-2 win.

Barcelona moved to the top of the La Liga table

Lionel Messi won the Clasico for Barcelona by scoring twice as he outperformed rival Ronaldo.

Rakitic then fired Barceona in front with an unstoppable force after 73 minutes for his first goal of the season

Messi used master-trick on Dani Carvajal to score the equaliser

Casemiro celebrates his goal which was well deserved as it was Madrid who made the brighter start of the game.

Messi receives treatment on the pitch

Both sides brought more heavy hitting in the second half as they push for winners

James Rodriguez appeared to have rescued a point with another poacher's goal after 85 minutes

Ramos was shown a straight red card for foul on Messi after 77 minutes; the 22nd dismissal of his career

Messi's last-minute strike gave Barcelona a dramatic victory over Real Madrid at the Santiago

Barcelona's out-going manager Luis Enrique greets Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane prior to kick-off in El Clasico

Messi ripped his shirt off and held it up to the North Goal of the Santiago Bernabeu on the final whistle that came seconds after his strike hit the back of Keylor Navas' net.

Former Real Madrid players Ronaldo and Luis Figo were among the stars to attend match.

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My opinion: It was a brilliant game of football in a league with the best players. Messi outperformed Ronaldo.