Will it be Messi’s last classic? With that unknown thousands of fans of the Barcelona, and football in general, saw the classic that the Real Madrid won 2-1 and in which the Argentine striker, who ends his contract in June, was left unmarked
Messi, with 26 goals, he is the player who has scored the most goals in the history of the classics, followed by Alfredo Di Stéfano and Cristiano Ronaldo, both with eighteen goals.
His debut against Real Madrid It took place on November 19, 2005, at the Santiago Bernabéu, in a match that the Barcelona took 0-3 with goals from the Brazilian Ronaldinho and the Cameroonian Samuel eto’o, his attack partner.
Between averages 29 league classics and a total of 45 in official competitions, the same as, individually, one of his eternal rivals, Sergio Ramos, who this time did not play due to injury.
Messi came to the game with him Real Madrid in a great moment of form. Their numbers reflected this. Of the 29 goals this year, 19 were in 2021 in three months. However, when his team needed him most, the Argentine ran out of gunpowder, in the largest Spanish football showcase with a global audience on all continents.
The Argentine tried to lead the Barcelona on the pitch, although he was resigned as defensive errors cost his team two goals. He tried to be the protagonist, put the white defense in trouble and his contribution, although it was intermittent, was decisive in attack.
In the first half he was able to score an Olympic goal from the corner but he found the crossbar of the goal defended by Thibaut Courtois, who put a wall over the three sticks that made the Argentine despair.
Almost all the offensive actions of his team went through his boots. In the first half he was associated a lot with Pedri, who, at 18 years old, wanted to make more decisions than his age, and in the second he found a squire in the French Antoine Griezmann, who went to rest, and the Dutch Frenkie De Jong, almost disappeared in the first 45 minutes.
The heavy rain that fell in Madrid marred the classic and also the contribution of skilled footballers like Messi, who suffered a lot to overcome the defensive spider web of the Real Madrid.
The unknown now goes to reveal if this April 10, 2021 will remain in the annals of football as the date of the last classic played by Messi with the Barcelona shirt or if, on the contrary, the Argentine reconsiders the decision he wanted to adopt last season of leave the Barça team.