The goal was Messi's 500th for the club.
Lionel Messi scored with the last kick of a thrilling El Clasico at Real Madrid to give Barcelona a 3-2 win over their arch-rivals on Sunday night.
The Argentine international curled a shot into the bottom corner to seal the win, minutes after James Rodriguez thought he had earned Madrid a point from the match played at the Bernabeu.
Casemiro had given Madrid a 28th minute lead with Messi equalising five minutes later for Barca.
The game’s drama peaked from the 73rd minute when Ivan Rakitic put Barca back ahead.
Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos then got a straight red card four minutes later after a two-footed tackle on Messi.
But the home side pulled level despite playing with 10 men thanks to James.
Messi would have the last say with his goal, which is his 500th for the club.
The Catalan side now lead La Liga with 75 points, but only ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference.
Madrid also have a game in hand with five weeks left to play in the season.
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