Luis Suarez opened the scoring but Messi made the game safe from the penalty spot after Dani Carvajal’s handball which also saw the defender sent off.
Unsurprisingly it was yet another record for Messi who has become the first player to ever score 25 goals in El Clasico.
Lionel Messi is the first player in history to score 25 goals in El Clasico.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 23, 2017
All-time TOP scorer in #ElClasico history (25) ✅— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) December 23, 2017
All-time TOP scorer in #ElClasico history at the Bernabeu (15) ✅
All-time TOP scorer against Real Madrid in #LaLiga (17) ✅
LIONEL MESSI. pic.twitter.com/sDP9lEFDqr
He’s also scored more goals against los Blancos than any other player in La Liga. Ever.
17 - Lionel Messi has scored more goals against Real Madrid than any other player in La Liga history. Nemesis. pic.twitter.com/HvMFlDUqOl— OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 23, 2017
His goal also means that he’s now scored over 15 goals for the last 10 seasons in a row.
15 - Lionel Messi is the only player to score 15+ goals in 10 consecutive La Liga seasons. Jedi. pic.twitter.com/kpaC3iYUZd— OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 23, 2017
It’s also his 200th La Liga assist...
200 - Lionel Messi ha logrado su asistencia nº 200 con el Barcelona en todas las competiciones. Extraterrestre. pic.twitter.com/EwxnOdZLCl— OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 23, 2017
And if that were not enough, he’s also surpassed Gerd Muller’s record with his 526th Barcelona goal.
Not a bad afternoon’s work!