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El Clasico 'Best ever' Messi turns tables on Madrid

27 April 2017, 04:04 | Charlene Valdez

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique hailed Lionel Messi as "the best of all time" following the Blaugrana's 3-2 El Clasico win over Real Madrid on Sunday and said the Argentinian "even makes a difference when he's at home having dinner".

Similarly to the Albiceleste captain, Ronaldo also scored his 500th club goal in injury time, during Real's FIFA Club World Cup clash against Club America on 15 December 2016.

Barca have just five games left to play and will be without the suspended Neymar on Wednesday, who misses the final game of his suspension following his red card against Malaga.

Ramos was sent off with a straight red card in the 77th after a foul on Messi to stop the playmaker from a one-on-one situation in a breakaway.

After Barca's win, he said: "The expulsion is very fair".

"I think the great thing about Leo is that he continues to surprise", said Iniesta.

By contrast, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was left to lament his side's over adventurous nature after conceding in stoppage time after being reduced to 10 men.

It seemed it would not matter much after Lionel Messi struck early and Andre Gomes extended the lead before half-time.

However, even with 10 men, Madrid rallied and levelled when substitute James Rodriguez swept home Marcelo's cross four minutes from time.

"Drawing the game with 10 men, to press high up the field is unsafe and we paid for that", said Zidane.

"We both (Barca and Real) want to get all the remaining points, but I can't control what can happen".

"The way we played, we deserved to win by a large margin".

Madrid were also dealt a fresh injury blow for the remainder of their league season and upcoming Champions League semi-finals against Atletico Madrid as Gareth Bale faces another spell on the sidelines. The fans congratulated him, I am happy for him, for the work he does.

"As with every league game we have to compete again and show we are superior to our opponents". It went as we'd hoped.

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