Real Madrid vs. Barcelona highlights: Messi puts on a show in El Clasico

The Chelsea star, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, has scored 15 goals in all competitions for Chelsea so far this season

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi put on a legendary display to guide the Catalan side to a 3-2 victory over Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday.

In a back-and-forth match that saw Barca fall behind a goal early on, Messi scored the equalizer and the game-winner to keep his club in the Liga title race.

After Casemiro gave Los Blancos the lead midway through the first half, Messi worked his way past defenders to slip a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Keylor Navas in the 33rd minute. That strike made Messi the all-time leading scorer in El Clasico, giving him 15 goals in meetings between Barca and Madrid.

BLOODY FANTASTIC!!! #Messi slaloms through the @realmadriden backline to level matters. #ElClasico

— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) April 23, 2017

But the Argentine wasn't done there.

Messi netted his 500th career goal for Barca in stoppage time, receiving a Jordi Alba cross at the top of the box and firing home at the death.

Hay Liga!#Messi racks up his 500th career goal. Oh, and it just so happens to settle the best #ElClasico in a long time!

— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) April 23, 2017

In the first half it seemed as though Messi may have been in for a rough day after he took an elbow from Marcelo resulting in a bloody mouth, but it turned out to be one of the most clutch performances of his storied career.

Another look at that crash between @TeamMessi and @MarceloM12 #ElClasico. Catch more angles at

— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) April 23, 2017

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