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Messi breaks Di Stefano’s Clasico goals record

Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi has broken Alfredo Di Stefano's

longstanding Clasico goals record.

The 26-year-old Argentine netted for the 19th

time against Real Madrid in Sunday's Liga clash

at the Santiago Bernabeu, thus moving him one

clear of his compatriot in the all-time standings.

Los Blancos icon Di Stefano hit 18 goals in 30

Clasicos between 1953 and 1964, but Messi,

with his strike just before half-time in Sunday's

meeting, has now surpassed that total in just 27

games between the two great Liga rivals.

Messi opened his Clasico account with a

sensational hat-trick – the last player to do so in

the fixture – in a 3-3 draw at Camp Nou on

March 10, 2007.

He has never looked back, netting a fine double

in a stunning 6-2 dismantling of Madrid before

their own fans at the Bernabeu in May 2009,

while the four-time Ballon d'Or winner also

scored both goals in the Blaugrana 's 2-0 win in

the away leg of the 2011 Champions League

semi-finals.

Messi equalled Di Stefano's tally with his 17th-

minute strike in Barcelona's 2-1 Liga loss in the

Spanish capital on March 2 of last year.

However, Sunday night's strike at the same

venue means that he has now taken outright

possession of one of the Clasico's most

prestigious records.

Messi's cool finish also saw him go joint-second

with Hugo Sanchez on La Liga's all-time record

goalscorers' list, on 234 goals. The Rosario

native is now just 18 shy of Athletic Bilbao icon

Telmo Zarra in first place.

[GOAL .COM]

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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