Stan Collymore of talkSPORT confirmed the news:
MESSI THE KING OF EL CLASICO RECORD BREAKING 19TH GOAL— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) March 23, 2014
Messi started the build-up himself, playing a ball into the centre of the pitch before receiving the pass back, cutting inside and finishing at the near post. With an army of Real Madrid defenders around him, the Argentinian simply couldn't be stopped.
Football_Tweet has the vine:
VINE: Messi makes it 2-2. What a cracking game. >> http://t.co/i4DnD2lVlv— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) March 23, 2014
Messi had earlier assisted Andres Iniesta to open the scoring, but a quick brace from Karim Benzema put hosts Real Madrid in front before the four-time Ballon d'Or winner worked his magic, capturing the new Clasico record in the process.
As shared by Messistats, the Argentinian forward passed one of his most famed compatriots in the Classico recordbooks when he scored his first of three total goals:
ALL-TIME RECORD! pic.twitter.com/XjxgGbufUe— MESSISTATS (@MessiStats) March 23, 2014
The goal also tied Messi with Hugo Sanchez for the second-most goals in La Liga history:
Messi now on 2nd place in La Liga goalscoring history - 17 goals away from Telmo Zarra's all-time record pic.twitter.com/oW3qQjxwWJ— MESSISTATS (@MessiStats) March 23, 2014
Of course, the Argentine would later score two more goals to take sole possession of that spot.
And as reported on B/R, this is how the new list of Clasico top scorers looked after Messi's first goal of the night:
Lionel Messi: The Clasico's top scorer. pic.twitter.com/Dv8cYoxa3Q— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) March 23, 2014
Messi could have had his goal earlier in the tie when he was isolated in front of Real stopper Diego Lopez, but an uncharacteristic miss wide off the far post meant the Blaugrana would not double their lead.
But with the team in need of an equaliser following Benzema's brace, the new record holder delivered with a fine strike.
Another angle, courtesy of Messi Left Foot:
The goal might not have been of exquisite beauty, but it is one that will forever live on in the minds of Cules all around the world.