This Lionel Messi stat will leave you speechless — Real Madrid-Barcelona

  • This Lionel Messi stat will leave you speechless — Real Madrid-Barcelona

This Lionel Messi stat will leave you speechless — Real Madrid-Barcelona

Zidane lamented his sides' missed opportunities as Cristiano Ronaldo was denied by Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Karim Benzema hit the post in a bright first half display by the hosts before Barca eventually took control.

"Messi is the best player in the world."

Selecting Kovačić was Zidane's way of saying, "we will not let Messi beat us".

"It's a draw and our reaction must be positive", the Italian said. True, Juventus rarely lose at home, but Roma seem particularly snake-bit there.

"No [it is not a personal victory over Zidane]".

On Saturday, Lionel Messi put on another masterclass during Barcelona's 3-0 drubbing of Real Madrid. On top of all that, he's a good guy. It was unspectacular - and that's precisely what makes it the stuff of champions. He works hard and covers a lot of kilometers.

2nd goal: Mohamed Salah permitted to go coast to coast virtually untouched against the entire Gunner back line.

The key moment of the match came in the 63rd minute.

"Guard of honor to the title", added El Mundo Deportivo.

The game typified both teams' performances this season. The Uruguayan uploaded the same image on his Instagram handle which is still live. Beautiful, powerful attacking harmony.

For Arsenal, their performance was familiarly erratic and leaves you scratching your head.

With immediate pressure on him, Valverde has instead, virtually steered his undefeated side to a La Liga title within the first half of the season.

He said though the Bernabeu legend may be allowed more time, that doesn't guarantee he'll stay in the job for long. They were dreaming of a 'White Christmas'.

Incredibly, Manchester City upped their winning streak to 17 games with a 4-0 demolition of Bournemouth.

The win on Saturday (23 December) also saw La Blaugrana extend their lead over current champions Madrid to 14 points, having played an additional league game, and nine points over second-place Atletico Madrid. It was frustrating to watch for club faithful, and the stadium mustered up enough energy to jeer these under-handed tactics. Ever. Right now, they're playing like the "Monstars" from Space Jam and Michael Jordan is nowhere in sight.

But at this point, can anyone catch them even if they can't?

The biggest question heading into next year is: can they sustain the pace?