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How Messi tormented Madrid in El Clasico

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Messi's 500 Barca goals: Inside the numbers

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 By Chris Wright

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi gets his own Clasico doll

Lionel Messi received a Photoshop treatment, Francesco Totti receives a gift from Nike and more in The Sweeper.

Lionel Messi once again broke new ground recently when his 500th career goal sunk Clasico rivals Real Madrid and sent Barcelona back to the summit of La Liga.

The Argentina international then struck an iconic pose in celebration, triumphantly holding his shirt aloft for the Bernabeu crowd to read in unison.

Now, thanks to Spanish toy company Sockers, fans can recreate Messi's celebration in the privacy of their own homes using the updated version of his miniature action figure -- which, rather cleverly,...

Mascherano nets first Barcelona goal, Messi adds two in Osasuna thrashing

Alejandro Moreno believes Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos must balance their competitive fire and defensive responsibilities.
Javier Mascherano scored his first Barcelona goal en route to a dominant 7-1 victory over Osasuna on Wednesday.

BARCELONA -- Javier Mascherano scored his first Barcelona goal as his team followed up their Clasico win with a 7-1 thumping of Osasuna, who are heading to the second division with a whimper. In addition to Mascherano's goal, which came from the penalty spot, there were also braces for Lionel Messi, Andre Gomes and Paco Alcacer. Osasuna's reply came through a free kick from Roberto Torres.

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Performances are out the window now. What's important is that Barcelona win all of their remaining...

Barcelona's title hopes can't afford another slip-up vs. bottom Osasuna

Sid Lowe believes Real Madrid are still in complete control to win the title despite the loss to Barcelona in El Clasico.
The FC crew debate if Lionel Messi truly is the greatest footballer to ever play.
Lionel Messi stuns the Bernabeu to move Barcelona Level on points with Real Madrid atop La Liga.

As Luis Enrique sat back in his chair in the Santiago Bernabeu press room and tried to take stock of Lionel Messi's last-minute winner against Real Madrid which had just reignited the title race, few could argue with the words he uttered.

"It's been a crazy season," said the Barcelona coach.

It had been little more than six weeks after Sergi Roberto completed the biggest ever comeback in European Cup history against Paris Saint-Germain and sparked a delirious pitch invasion at Camp Nou. 

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Osasuna players: We need handcuffs to stop Lionel Messi

The FC crew debate if Lionel Messi truly is the greatest footballer to ever play.
The social media world explodes with Messi's El Clasico winner, Tony Adams keeps up his dancing, and more in the Sweeper.
Exploding Heads takes you through the weekend that was in football, including El Clasico, the FA Cup and the Premier League.

Osasuna manager Petar Vasiljevic has said that his side will need extra help to stop Lionel Messi when La Liga's bottom club travel to the Camp Nou to face Barcelona on Wednesday. 

Messi's last-minute winner against Real Madrid in the Clasico left a lasting impression upon Vasiljevic, who has called on his players to show no fear, despite knowing that defeat to Barcelona could see them all but relegated.

"I've already said that we need a plan for Messi and the players told me [that we...

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Messi receives Photoshop treatment after El Clasico stunner

Lionel Messi created a truly iconic image while celebrating his 500th goal for Barcelona, which just so happened to be a stoppage time winner against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in El Clasico.

After rattling one home in the 92nd minute, Messi removed his shirt and held his name and number aloft for the Real fans behind the goal to read slowly and surely.

Of course, the resulting photo proved to be rich source material for the photoshoppers of the world, and here we've compiled some of the best...