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He is still the Best.! Lionel Messi beats Cristiano Ronaldo to end 2017

Lionel Messi has beaten Cristiano Ronaldo to end 2017 as the highest goalscorer in Europe.

The Argentine netted a penalty in Barcelona‘s 3-0 victory over Real Madrid during Saturday’s Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu.

And he now ends the year on 54 goals – one clear of Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and Edinson Cavani.

Barca took the lead in the second half through Luis Suarez’s strike and were given the chance to double their advantage from the penalty spot.

Dani Carvajal was sent off for deliberately blocking a goal-bound effort with his hand, while Messi followed up with an emphatic penalty.

Aleix Vidal completed the comfortable victory for Barca with a goal in injury time.

The win puts Barca nine points clear at the top of La Liga, while the gap between themselves and Real Madrid has extended to 14 points.


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