The Barcelona forward notched his 19th goal in just 27 games against Real Madrid to move one clear of his fellow Argentine in the all-time standings for the legendary fixture
The 26-year-old Argentine netted for the 19th time against Real Madrid in Sunday's Primera Division clash at the Santiago Bernabeu, thus moving him one clear of his compatriot in the all-time standings.
|EL CLASICO'S RECORD GOALSCORERS
Alfredo Di Stefano
Messi opened his Clasico account with a sensational hat-trick - the last player to do so in the fixture - in a 3-3 draw at Camp Nou on March 10, 2007.
He has never looked back, netting a fine double in a stunning 6-2 dismantling of Madrid before their own fans at the Bernabeu in May 2009, while the four-time Ballon d'Or winner also scored both goals in the Blaugrana's 2-0 win in the away leg of the 2011 Champions League semi-finals.
Messi equalled Di Stefano's record with his 17th-minute strike in Barcelona's 2-1 league loss in the Spanish capital on March 2 of last year.
However, Sunday night's strike at the same venue means that he has now taken outright possession of one of the Clasico's most prestigious records.