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How Lionel Messi has fired Barcelona past Real Madrid in La Liga goalscoring charts

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But can they stay there?

SSC Napoli v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

There is always a before and after to every little thing in life and when it comes to LaLiga, Barcelona have gone from a sluggish past to a phenomenal rise in the Spanish competition and much of the credit should be given to Lionel Messi. Before the Argentine genius repped the blaugrana kit, the Catalans suffered an immense goal difference with Real Madrid in the tournament. In 1990, Los Blancos created a differential of 139 goals, an absolute nightmare for Barcelona. However, it’s safe to say since Messi’s arrival to Camp Nou, things have taken a 360 degree turn for the better. Barcelona’s number 10 quickly began reducing the gap. In 2004, precisely the year he made his debut for the club, the gap was brought down to only 70 goals.

Fast forward to 2020 and Barca have surpassed Real Madrid as the highest goalscoring team in LaLiga after their 5-0 victory over Eibar, as the fifth goal of the match which was scored by Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo was an historical one. For the first time in 57 years, to be exact since December 1962, the Blaugrana have returned to the top of the goalscoring charts with a total of 6151 goals whilst Real Madrid have 6150.

The common denominator in this success for the Catalan side is Leo Messi with a total of 437 goals and 174 assists in the top flight.

Now the question remains if Barcelona can continue holding their top spot on the charts and score this Sunday when they take on Zinedine Zidane’s men in ‘enemy territory’. However, with Messi’s incredible track record at the Bernabeu, we can almost guarantee a goal from the little magician this weekend. The forward has featured in 42 Clasicos, netting 26 times, and curiously enough he has found the back of the net on more occasions at Madrid’s ground than in front of his home fans. 15 Messi goals have been celebrated at Bernabeu, giving him a 0.71 goal average in Chamartin. If all goes well for Quique Setien and Co, in just a couple hours we will be celebrating yet another Leo strike in his playground, which is also known as the Santiago Bernabeu.