To cap off his tremendous performance, the little Wizard then scored a stunning stoppage time winner, that was also fittingly his 500th goal for his beloved club, to propel the Blaugrana to a vital 3-2 victory.
His statistics suitably backed up his exceptional body of work and how much of a menace he was for Los Merengues, as, on top of his two goals, he successfully won a whopping eleven 1v1 attacking duels, was fouled six times and was only dispossessed once.
The win now moves Barcelona to the summit of the La Liga table, despite Madrid having a game in hand. But with Messi in this sort of form and their rivals facing a tough run of fixtures, who knows, Barcelona might just be able to snatch the league title come season’s end.
If they can, we’ll all look back on Messi’s masterclass in this Clasico as the catalyst for their triumph.