Lionel Messi might this week change into the participant with the joint-most official editions of El Clásico performed, matching Sergio Ramos’ 45. If he performs on Saturday, with the Actual Madrid captain set to overlook the sport by way of damage, the 2 could be degree on a listing that options them forward of the likes of fellow legends Paco Gento, Manolo Sanchís and Xavi Hernández -with 42 El Clásicos performed apiece.
If Messi options this weekend, he’ll transfer degree with Xavi because the FC Barcelona gamers with probably the most appearances within the fixture in LaLiga, with 29.
Ramos set to overlook the sport
Sergio Ramos returned injured from responsibility with the Spanish nationwide group and, though no official announcement has been made as to his availability, he’s not anticipated to play in El Clásico.
This might be solely the third El Clásico that he has missed in his profession at Actual Madrid, and the primary time he has missed the fixture in LaLiga. He was absent from the semi last of the Champions League in 2010/11 (1-1) and the primary leg of the Copa del Rey semi last in 2012/13 (1-1).
Messi’s El Clásico numbers
Barça have received 5 of their final seven away video games towards Actual Madrid in all competitions. As for this season, Messi has been in sturdy type, scoring 29 targets in complete.
He’s additionally the high goalscorer in El Clásico historical past, throughout the board (26) and in LaLiga (18).
Nonetheless, the Argentine has gone six editions of the fixture with out scoring. He has overwhelmed some high goalkeepers when taking part in towards Actual Madrid, corresponding to Iker Casillas (on 17 events), Keylor Navas (5) and Diego López (4).
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