El Clasico: Barcelona earn three points as Messi scores his 500th goal

Real's woes were compounded when captain Sergio Ramos was shown the 22 red card of his career for a two-footed lunge on Messi.

Lionel Messi equalized after running a maze through Madrid's defense before Rakitic fired into the net with less than 10 minutes to go.

Neymar did not travel to the Santiago Bernabéu with his team-mates and instead watched the game with the injured Rafinha, and the pair's jubilant celebrations after Lionel Messi's last-minute victor delighted fans.

Argentine worldwide, Lionel Messi, netted a stunning injury-time victor to log his 500th goal for La Liga giants Barcelona.

Before the game, Messi's recent record read zero goals in the last six Clasicos, and there was mounting talk of his displeasure at the Luis Enrique regime, which will end in May and has only produced two league titles, two Spanish Cup wins, one Champions League and a handful of other trophies in two-and-a-half seasons.

As it was expected, the first half of the game started promisingly for Real Madrid.

Messi stepped up, in the final moments of the game, to score the victor, and keep the pressure on Zinedine Zidane's side.

"We can not be happy", Zidane said at his post-match press conference.

And Enrique described Messi as the greatest player of all time and lifted the lid on how he hurt Madrid at the Bernabeu. However, he did not have a single chance to save his club when Ivan Rakitic made a terrific shot outside the penalty area.

"I'm disappointed for him because he wanted to play and this is something we can't control".

He said on Sky Sports: "Easy to tell you why it happened, Lionel Messi".

'Messi made the difference for his team, but it is not only Messi.

Both sides are in action again on Wednesday night - Barcelona at home to Osasuna and Real away to Deportivo La Coruna - and Zidane said their focus must now turn to that game.

'That they've hurt us is logical in any game.

It was another outstanding performance by Messi, who played part of the game with a bloodied mouth after colliding with Madrid left back Marcelo's elbow.

  • Julie Sanders