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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

Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi has broken Alfredo Di Stefano's long-standing Clasico goals record.

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
Player
Lionel Messi

Alfredo Di Stefano

Raul

Cesar Rodriguez

Francisco Gento

Ferenc Puskas
Club
Barcelona

Real Madrid

Real Madrid

Barcelona

Real Madrid

Real Madrid
Goals
19

18

15

14

14

14
Los Blancos icon Di Stefano hit 18 goals in 30 Clasicos between 1953 and 1964 but Messi, with his strike just before half-time in Sunday's game, has now surpassed that total in just 27 games between the two great Spanish rivals.

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.

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