Lionel Messi Hailed as 'The Best of All Time' by Luis Enrique After Clasico Win

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2017

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 23:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on April 23, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique hailed Lionel Messi as "the best of all time" following the Blaugrana's 3-2 El Clasico win over Real Madrid on Sunday and said the Argentinian "even makes a difference when he's at home having dinner." 

Messi netted two of Barca's three goals—including the added-time winner—and reached 500 goals for the club as the Catalans moved back to the top of La Liga thanks to their win at the Santiago Bernabeu. 

Enrique, set to depart as Barca manager in the summer, hailed Messi's ability to still cause havoc despite opposition defenders knowing everything about him, per Rik Sharma in the Mirror:

Messi even makes a difference when he's at home having dinner. He's the best of all time and I have seen a lot of games of football—and videos. Now people are better prepared [for him] and he makes the difference. And this was his 500th goal.

Just imagine, his 500th goal coming here, a winner in the 92nd minute at the Santiago Bernabeu. It's very nice for Leo and it's nice for everyone associated with Barca.

B/R Football @brfootball

It’s hard to argue. https://t.co/CjfFjvQk95

Messi cancelled out Casemiro's opener in the first half before Ivan Rakitic's thunderbolt put Barca ahead 17 minutes from time.

Sergio Ramos was then sent off for the hosts, but Barca looked to have dropped two vital points when they conceded James Rodriguez's equaliser in the 85th minute.

However, a calm finish from Messi in the dying seconds after a clinical counter-attack saw Barca earn a huge win, per beIN Sports USA:


Hay Liga! #Messi racks up his 500th career goal. Oh, and it just so happens to settle the best #ElClasico in a long time! https://t.co/ZvF5mxrCG0

Barca could now be set to win a domestic double this season as they are also in the Copa del Rey final against Alaves.

The Liga title is still Real's to lose as they are only behind Barca on their head-to-head record and have a game in hand on their archrivals.

However, Barca will have been buoyed hugely after their momentous win, especially given the grim postmortem that followed their ejection from the UEFA Champions League at the hands of Juventus last week, per BBC 5 live Sport:

BBC 5 live Sport @5liveSport

The end of an era for Barcelona? @LaurensJulien & @Honigstein react to tonight's #UCL action: https://t.co/MW2fEQdl0U https://t.co/11HLth7EzQ

They will have to rely on a slip-up from Real if they are to win the league, but with Messi in top form Barca have the ability to put huge pressure on Los Blancos with a perfect run to the end of the season. 

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