Opinion

El Clasico: 3 Records Held by Barcelona Star Lionel Messi Against Real Madrid in History of the Fixture

Arjun Singh Devgan
Apr 8, 2021, 12:14 PM GMT+5:30
Lionel Messi is the all-time highest goalscorer in El Clasico history
Lionel Messi is the all-time highest goalscorer in El Clasico history | David Ramos/Getty Images
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Argentina and Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi is widely considered to be the greatest player in the history of the sport, with the striker winning numerous professional and individual honours during his career so far, including a record six Ballon d'Or awards.

Messi heads into the upcoming El Clasico fixture against rivals, Real Madrid on Saturday, 10 April as the holder of a few records in the history of the fixture - while he also has an opportunity to equal another feat on the night.

Here, we take a look at the records held by Messi in El Clasico fixtures.

1. Most goals in El Clasico History

Lionel Messi, Federico Valverde
FC Barcelona v Real Madrid - La Liga Santander | Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Messi is the all-time highest goalscorer in the history of the competition, with the striker netting 26 goals so far against his rivals - with 18 of those coming in LaLiga, six in the Supercopa and two in Europe.

That the second active player on the list is Karim Benzema with nine goals, goes to show that this record will stand the test of time for a long time to come.

2. Most assists in El Clasico History

Lionel Messi, Carlos Casemiro
FC Barcelona v Real Madrid - La Liga Santander | Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Messi is known not only for his tendency to score goals, but to also provide innumerable scoring opportunities for his team-mates. He has registered 14 assists so far, which is the most for a player in the history of the fixture.

3. Joint most hat-tricks in El Clasico history

Lionel Messi
Barcelona v Real Madrid - La Liga | David Ramos/Getty Images

Messi has scored two hat-tricks against Madrid, a record he shares with Jaime Lazcano, Santiago Bernabeu, Paulino Alcantara and Ferenc Puskas. His first hat-trick against the Los Blancos came in during the Catalans 3-3 draw in 2006/07, with his second and so far last one coming in 2013/14.

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