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FC Barcelona News: 24 April 2017; Lionel Messi Leads Barcelona to El Clásico Win

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Round-up of today’s Barcelona news.

Real Madrid CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Real Madrid 2-3 FC Barcelona: Epic late win reignites title race | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona left it as late as they possibly could but it was worth every gruelling second as Leo Messi popped up deep into injury time to seal an epic 3-2 Clásico victory to move level on points with Real Madrid at the top of the table. Ahead of the game, Luis Enrique described it as “a final” for his men, and the scenes after Messi’s strike resembled a trophy-winning moment.

Lionel Messi turns frustration into match-winning Clasico performance | ESPN
Henry mentioned that part of Messi's magic is that even in training he'll provide performances, skill, sporting aggression and explosiveness like those which won Sunday's amazing Clasico. Effectively there was a Bruce Banner/Incredible Hulk moral from Henry's tale.

Lionel Messi keeps title race alive as Barcelona win Clasico at Real Madrid | ESPN
Any idea of Messi as a spent force was pretty laughable after Sunday's match at the Bernabeu. The 29-year-old, who turns 30 on June 24, was head and shoulders above everyone else on the pitch, even before he had shown tremendous composure and timing to knock home the winning goal with the last kick of the game.

Leo Messi revives La Liga title race with dramatic Clasico win over Real Madrid | ESPN
Lionel Messi blew the La Liga title race wide open as his 500th Barcelona goal stunned Real Madrid by giving the Catalans a 3-2 El Clasico win at the Bernabeu. Messi -- sporting a black eye and missing teeth following Marcelo's first-half challenge on him -- struck twice with his winner coming from the last kick of the match.

Leo Messi reaches 500 goals for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The Argentine has broken numerous records in his time with the club, but his latest feat will likely be the hardest for any other player to conquer. With his two goals against Real Madrid, Messi once again showed his lethal nature in front of goal, racking up his fifth century of strikes en route to an exhilarating 3-2 win.

Lionel Messi torments Madrid as Barcelona breathe life in La Liga race | ESPN
Lionel Messi delivered a sensational display to hand Barcelona a 3-2 win against Real Madrid on Sunday, in one of the most entertaining Clasicos in years. Real Madrid were three points ahead of their rivals atop La Liga with one game in hand, but Zinedine Zidane still wheeled out his big guns in an attacking 4-3-3, and was rewarded when Casemiro hit the opener.

Luis Enrique postgame quotes: Real Madrid 2–3 FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
“No one doubts the strength of Real Madrid, which in recent years has continued conquering titles. But today, after the showing from our fans in the last Champions League match, when they stayed behind us, we have returned the gesture by delivering them a victory.”

Andrés Iniesta: Honour playing with Messi | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona captain Andrés Iniesta was one of the players to give his reactons to the press following the epic 3-2 victory in the Santiago Bernabéu against Real Madrid. “It was a match with a bit of everything, stages where we were in control, others where we were in too much of a hurry to attack. These games are difficult here and there were chances for both teams but in the end we got the winner in added time to leave very happy, it couldn’t be any other way."

Lionel Messi scored 500th Barcelona goal against Real Madrid in El Clasico | Sky Sports
The 29-year-old cancelled out Casemiro's opener at the Bernabeu and struck his 500th Barcelona goal with the last kick of the game to seal victory, sending the Catalans above Los Blancos on head to heads atop La Liga.

Training schedule for a week with two Liga matches | FC Barcelona
The league is reaching its final stages and the upcoming week will be an intense one for Luis Enrique’s side as there are two Liga matches to be played. Firstly, Barça will host Osasuna at the Camp Nou on Wednesday 26 April at 7.30pm (all times CET). The squad will train on both Monday and Tuesday at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper to prepare for this match.

Reaction to FC Barcelona's El Clásico win on social media | FC Barcelona
The delight of the players at the 3-2 victory over Real Madrid across various social networks.

Barça's El Clásico victory as big as New York's skyscrapers | FC Barcelona
Soccer enjoys a high level of support in New York City. Literally. Over 3,000 people watched Sunday's El Clásico between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona as part of a viewing party held at the 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar, smack dab in the middle of Manhattan.