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Leo Messi has shown a knack for playmaking in El Clasico. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Leo Messi has shown a knack for playmaking in El Clasico. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

There has been plenty of talk this season about Leo Messi's passing prowess, but a quick peek at the stats show that it's nothing new. It seems as if his eye-popping goal scoring numbers have eclipsed his almost-as-impressive role in dishing out assists. The stats don't lie here, folks. While he is, in fact, the all-time leader in Clasico goals, he also has 12 assists in 28 career games versus Real Madrid.

12 assists to 8 different scorers

The dozen assists Leo has handed out against Madrid have gone to a virtual who's who list of superstars including Samuel Eto’o, Thierry Henry, David Villa, Andrés Iniesta, Alexis Sánchez, Eric Abidal, Pedro Rodríguez and Cesc Fàbregas. The very first went to Eto'o on 19 November, 2005 when Messi was just 18 years old. The most recent was last season, with Iniesta as the beneficiary.

Villa a favourite target

When he played for Barça, Villa was assisted three times versus Real Madrid. Two were at the Camp Nou in a 5-0 victory in 2010/11 and one was at the Bernabéu in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup in 2011.

A catalyst in historic routs

Two of Barça's biggest Clasico victories in recent memory also bear Messi's fingerprints. Aside from the aforementioned Villa goals in that 5-0 thrashing, Leo fed a pair of assists to Henry in a 6-2 dismantling at Madrid in 2008/09. The Argentine also scored two himself that memorable evening.

[+] Check out all of Leo Messi's goals at the Santiago Bernabéu in this exclusive video.

7 assists in 8 games

This season Leo Messi has continued to be a deft passer, currently leading La Liga in assists with 7 in 8 matches.

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