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Lionel Messi scored two of Barça's six at the Santiago Bernabéu in 2009 / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Leo Messi returns to one of the stadiums that he loves to score in, the Santiago Bernabéu. He has scored seven goals in his last five visits to Real Madrid's stadium, and he has a total of 13 goals in 15 games against ‘Los Blancos,’ a goal every 104.5 minutes. Since Guardiola took charge of Barça’s helm, the Argentinian has always featured in Barça’s starting line-up and he’s played a total of 1,359 minutes against Real Madrid. Messi could accomplish yet another feat on Saturday: score in three consecutive clásicos.

The Argentinian played his first clásico six years ago in November 2005, when Frank Rijkaard led his team to an unforgettable 0-3 victory over Madrid. Messi got his first taste of the clásico, and even though he didn’t score, he did contribute to one of his team’s three goals. The next two seasons, however, Barça lost at the Bernabéu (2-0 and 4-1). His first goals against Real Madrid would come at the Camp Nou. In the 2006/07 season, Leo showed the world his true potential when he scored a hat-trick against a Madrid side coached by Fabio Capello. Messi’s three goals, however, only served to avoid defeat at home; the game ended in a three-all draw.

Messi starts his run

Barça’s poor results at the Bernabéu would change when Pep Guardiola took charge of the Azulgrana bench and Messi would consolidate himself as Real Madrid’s worst nightmare. The 2-6 in 2009 was Messi’s first installment, it was the victory that put the League title firmly in Barça’s grasp. Of the six goals, two were Messi’s. He would later add one more goal to his tally at the next clásico at the Bernabéu, in the equally important win (0-2) over Madrid. In 2011, Barça drew and the Catalan team’s goal was, once again, Messi’s (1-1).

The one-all draw wasn’t the last clásico of the season at the Bernabéu. FC Barcelona was paired up with Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League, Messi would play a decisive role once again. In the away game, the Argentinian scored both of Barça’s goals (0-2), an incredibly important victory that brought Barça that much closer to the Wembley final, ahead of the return leg at the Camp Nou. But the Argentinian's streak didn’t end there, both teams would play for the Spanish Super Cup, and Leo scored one of Barça’s two goals in Madrid (2-2). In the return leg his brace ensured that the Super Cup would stay at the Camp Nou.

Messi is in the hunt to extend the run that started two years ago. If he scores against Madrid this Saturday he will accomplish a new personal record: score in three consecutive clásicos.


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