The Argentine notched his 19th goal in just 27 games against Real Madrid to move one clear of his compatriot in the all-time standingsBarcelona attacker Lionel Messi has broken Alfredo di Stefano's longstanding Clasico goals record.
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Alfredo di Stefano
Los Blancos icon Di Stefano hit 18 goals in 30 Clasicos between 1953 and 1964, but Messi, with his strike just before halftime in Sunday's Clasico, surpassed that total in just 27 games between the two great Liga 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 its 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 semifinals.
Messi equaled Di Stefano's record with his 17th-minute strike in Barcelona's 2-1 Liga loss in the Spanish capital on March 2 of last year.
However, Sunday night's hat trick at the same venue means that he has now taken outright possession of one of the Clasico's most prestigious records.