- Lionel Messi was not too impressive in the first episode of the this season’s El Clasico
- The Argentine failed to score and also could not make an assist as Barcelona lose 3-1 at home
- Since rival Ronaldo left Real Madrid in 2018, Messi has failed to score in the El Clasico
Lionel Messi fired blanks during Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Catalan giants Barcelona in another episode of the El Clasico on Saturday afternoon, October 24.
Since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from the Los Blancos in 2018, Messi is yet to find the back of the net against their arch rivals with his last goal dating as far back as their 2-2 home draw during the 2017/2018 La Liga clash.
This season’s first El Clasico game saw the defending champions take a 3-1 win away from the Camp Nou in the thrilling La Liga contest.
Federico Valverde opened the scoring before Ansu Fati's immediate response, then Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric sealed the win in the second half.
Messi has just managed one league goal this season and has failed to either score or provide an assist in his last four matches, for the first time since 2014.
Many have ascribed the player’s poor form to the earlier debacle as he threatened to leave the Catalan club having tendered his transfer request.
After surrendering the LaLiga Santander title to Real Madrid and suffering the 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in August, the 33-year-old handed in a transfer request, which was rejected by the club.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has not been out rightly ruled out of Juventus' Champions League fixture against Barcelona.
The 35-year-old has been in isolation after testing positive for deadly coronavirus while on international duty with Portugal earlier this month.
Since then, he has missed two games for the Old Lady - the 1-1 draw against Crotone and a 2-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv.
Ronaldo was said to have taken the test again and nothing has changed as the result came back positive - meaning he will most likely miss his reunion with the Argentine forward.
However, YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Ansu Fati's goal against Real Madrid makes him the youngest player to score in El Clasico in this century.
Barcelona suffered a 3-1 loss to Los Blancos in the last El Clasico of the century and the teenager scored the equalizer during the blockbuster game at Camp Nou.
With a week less to his 18th birthday, the Spanish forward justified his place ahead of Antoine Griezmann in Ronald Koeman's squad with his eighth-minute strike at the age of 17 years and 359 days old.