At the Camp Nou, the local team’s crack will seek to increase the honor of being the top scorer of the Spanish classic.
Barcelona receives Real Madrid this Saturday, October 24, at 11 a.m. in Argentina, in a new edition of the Spanish classic. Will Lionel Messi be able to cut a negative streak that is dragging? It is that although he is the historical top scorer of the duel, he has five classics and 901 days without scoring goals for that team. Will the goal come on day 902?
The time has come for the captain of Barsa, who all his life broke barriers and records. It is time to do it again, because the last goal was converted to Real Madrid on May 6, 2018.
When the game begins this Saturday, two years, five months and 18 days will have passed that afternoon. It was in the classic of the 2017/2018 season at the Camp Nou, for the 36th day of LaLiga. That goal marked the 2-1 victory, although the match ended 2-2.
It will be the classic number 44 for Messi. His first time was on November 19, 2005 and since then scored 26 goals and gave 14 assists. Eighteen of his goals in LaLiga, 2 in the Champions League and the other 6 were made in the Spanish Super Cup.
No less data in the number of goals scored is that 15 of the 26 goals scored against Real Madrid were made as a visitor.
Messi has not scored a goal for Real Madrid since Cristiano Ronaldo left the club. The surprising thing is that the rosario is the highest scorer in the history of the classic and those who follow him are Alfredo Di Stéfano and CR7, with 18 goals.
This Saturday could also be a historic day, because it could mean Messi’s last match in the classic, at the Camp Nou. That is if there are no meetings between them in other competitions before the “10” decides whether to leave the club when his contract ends.
Beyond the context that exists in Barsa, only for this day will the page turn to cover all the energies in one of the most important matches in the world.
Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet for the 181st time in LaLiga, where they maintain an even record: Madrid won 73 games, Barsa took 72 and there were 35 draws.