Enrique Describes Messi As Best In Football History

Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Messi in the 77th minute and that left Barcelona in a strong position, until Rodriguez fired home at the near post.

Defender Gerard Pique felt that Barcelona were worth the victory that sees them top the league on goal difference from Real, although Los Blancos have a game in hand.

Messi is enjoying another remarkable season, with 47 goals in 46 games.

Ronaldinho has not played professional football since leaving Brazilian side Fluminense in 2015, but the 97-time Brazil global has thus far refused to announce his retirement.

Ramos was dismissed with 13 minutes remaining in the pivotal La Liga clash for a wild lunge at Lionel Messi but Roberts clearly felt the performance still deserved some recognition as she comically told the Spaniard: 'You played unbelievable tonight'.

However, fittingly, Messi had the final say with a brilliant finish deep into stoppage time to lift Barcelona's hopes of a third straight La Liga title. "Clear foul. The dismissal was right".

Barcelona leads on the head-to-head tiebreaker but Madrid has six games left in the La Liga - one more than Barcelona.

Messi scored his first of the game five minutes later to leave the sides level at the break. And for the club, it's a blessing. When you don't kill off the game, it can pass you by and that's what happened.

There was still time for one huge twist in the title race, though, as Sergi Roberto's lung-bursting run led a Barca counter-attack to feed Jordi Alba and his cross was smashed into the corner by Messi.

"We had chances to kill the game ourselves, many chances to score goals", he said after the match.

"My assessment is that we weren't able to kill the match and that's where we are disappointed". The clincher sealed the 3-2 win and pushed Messi to the top of the all-time El Clasico goalscorers list with 15 goals.

Real coach Zidane felt that his team paid the cost for failing to take the scoring chances which came their way. We are very happy because it was not easy after being knocked out [of the Champions League] the other day.

  • Julie Sanders