Real Madrid CF – April 2010
As one of the biggest football clubs on the planet, Barcelona’s matches across all competitions feel like massive occasions. But when it comes to El Clasico, the stakes are even higher. But even on an intense stage, Lionel Messi manages to shine against the best of the best.
Real Madrid were focused on stopping Messi in Barcelona’s visit to the Bernabeu, but he opened the scoring in the first half en route to a 2-0 victory.
Los Blancos utlised a physical approach, and had put the pressure on Messi early. But the Flea struck back in the 33rd minute to silence the home supporters. Timing his run towards goal exceptionally, he takes the pass off his chest and turns a defender as he moves to his right.
Despite the defence’s best efforts, Messi gives the Blaugrana an early lead by slotting home past goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
That season saw Barcelona and manager Pep Guardiola amass an astounding 99 points and capture a league title. The Cules lost only one match in 38, falling 2-1 at the Estadio Vicente Calderon against Atletico Madrid.
A truly special collection of talent, Lionel Messi’s fighting spirit against Real Madrid was an excellent summary of what drove the club toward success.