Lionel Messi has done it again in the biggest club fixture in world football.
The Argentinian magician bagged a goal (his 25th in El Clasico) and an assist to guide Barcelona to a 3-0 defeat of Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Luis Suarez put the visitors in front in the second half with when he put the finishing touch on a stunning team goal.
Barca now lead their greatest rivals by a whopping 14 points in the title race before the winter break in La Liga.
Messi netted from the penalty spot to double his side’s lead before he amazingly assisted the final goal of the game for substitute Aleix Vidal in injury time after losing one boot in the buildup. That was the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s 200th assist for the club, in a game where he also became the all-time top scorer across Europe’s top five leagues, surpassing Gerd Müller to move to 526 goals.
Once again, spectators were just in awe of how brilliant Messi was.
?? Lionel Messi in El Clasico:
⚽️ Goals: 25 – Most In History ✅
? Assists: 13 – Most In History ✅
? Hattricks: 2 – Most In History ✅
? King of El Clasico pic.twitter.com/bhkIYWhiqd
— SPORF (@Sporf) December 23, 2017
Lionel Messi breaks a tie with Bayern Munich legend Gerd Mueller to become the all-time top scorer for a single club in Europe's top 5 leagues. pic.twitter.com/crMpjOldzW
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 23, 2017
Here is the moment of magic that had most talking after the game:
Messi assisted Vidal wearing only one boot. This man can do anything pic.twitter.com/wq7p3WDVvF
— Messi World (@MessiWorId) December 23, 2017
— Leo Messi ? (@WeAreMessi) December 23, 2017
? GOAL ALERT ?
— Sports News! (@SportLightHQ) December 23, 2017
Even some Madrid fans have come to appreciate what we are witnessing when Messi takes the field:
My fellow Real Madrid fans, only the ones who have spent their lives denying Messi’s greatness; are you saying an average player has scored so many goals against your team? What does that say about the team u support?
Messi is an unbelievable player, end of.
— Rehan Ulhaq (@Rehan_ulhaq) December 23, 2017
With Los Blancos so far behind in the league table at this point, Zinedine Zidane may begin looking over his shoulder anxiously despite having won back-to-back Champions Leagues for the club he is also a legendary player at.
Club president Florentino Perez is renowned for impatience in pursuit success and he has sacked managers in the past for runs of form worse than the one Zizou’s side currently find themselves on.
Should Barca and Messi continue the rich vein of form they are in all the way through the second-half of the season, neither Valencia nor Atletico Madrid will be able to catch them along with the reigning champions who said goodbye to their title hopes today.