Lionel Messi is enduring the worst run of his glittering Barcelona career in Clasico clashes with Real Madrid.
The Argentine forward may be the highest scorer in the history of one of world football’s most prestigious fixtures, but he is currently suffering something of a drought.
Messi has netted 21 times against Real over the course of a goal-laden career that has seen him collect records aplenty.
He has, however, now gone six meetings without finding the target.
Barcelona were among the goals at Camp Nou on Saturday, in a 1-1 draw with their fiercest rivals, but Luis Suarez was the man to break the deadlock.
Messi’s last goals against Real came back in March 2014 when he grabbed a hat-trick in a 4-3 win at Santiago Bernabeu.
It has been a barren run for the 29-year-old since then, but he did record one statistic of note in his latest Clasico appearance.
With Andres Iniesta only fit enough to take a place on the bench after making his return from a knee injury, Messi donned the captain’s armband – the first time he has skippered Barca against Real in his 33rd appearance against them.