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I will cherish the memories of coaching Lionel Messi, says Luis Enrique

I will cherish the memories of coaching Lionel Messi, says Luis Enrique

Messi blew the La Liga title race wide open once more by scoring twice to bring up his 500th Barcelona goal in a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.

El Clasico: Lionel Messi's 500th goal guides Barcelona to 3-2 win over Real Madrid

El Clasico: Lionel Messi's 500th goal guides Barcelona to 3-2 win over Real Madrid

But Barca looked well on the road to victory when Ivan Rakitic`s stunning effort put the visitors 2-1 in front before Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was sent off for a wild lunge on Messi.

El Clasico: Barcelona decide against playing Neymar in must-win clash with Real Madrid

El Clasico: Barcelona decide against playing Neymar in must-win clash with Real Madrid

Barcelona appealed to Spain`s TAD late on Friday over Neymar`s three-game suspension in the hope it would be frozen, which would have allowed him to take part in Sunday`s must-win showdown at Real.

La Liga: Barcelona ask court for Neymar decision ahead of El Clasico

La Liga: Barcelona ask court for Neymar decision ahead of El Clasico

Spanish media reported that the Brazilian will travel with the Barcelona squad for the game in Madrid despite doubts over his eligibility for selection.

El Clasico: Real Madrid vs Barcelona – Preview, Likely XI, Time, Date, Venue, TV Listing, Live Streaming

El Clasico: Real Madrid vs Barcelona – Preview, Likely XI, Time, Date, Venue, TV Listing, Live Streaming

A win for Real will give them the clear edge into the title race, however a loss at home would mean that the race would be anybody's game then. A draw too would put pressure on Real as Barca would close in on the gap and wait for the leaders to falter.

La Liga: A look back at five title-deciding El Classico clashes

La Liga: A look back at five title-deciding El Classico clashes

Madrid even took the lead through Gonzalo Higuain, but doubles from Messi and Thierry Henry plus goals from centre-backs Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique completed a famous Barca victory.

I was very close to joining Manchester United before Barcelona, reveals  Ronaldinho

I was very close to joining Manchester United before Barcelona, reveals Ronaldinho

"I had the chance to play for a lot of different teams in the Premier League, but I think all the choices I made were the right ones," he added.

El Clasico: Real Madrid's Gareth Bale resumes training ahead of high-profile clash with Barcelona

El Clasico: Real Madrid's Gareth Bale resumes training ahead of high-profile clash with Barcelona

Madrid host Barca with a three-point lead at the top of La Liga and with a game in hand.

Champions League: 'Unbeatable' Juventus aim to hand Gianluigi Buffon his first tournament title

Champions League: 'Unbeatable' Juventus aim to hand Gianluigi Buffon his first tournament title

The headlines splashed across the front pages a day after rock-solid Juventus followed their impressive 3-0 first-leg win over the Spanish giants with a defensive masterclass that held Barca to a frustrating scoreless draw at the Camp Nou.

Champions League preview: Juventus present Barcelona with dangerous balancing act for quarter-finals return leg

Champions League preview: Juventus present Barcelona with dangerous balancing act for quarter-finals return leg

But although they were able to fight back in the previous round after losing the first leg of their last-16 tie 0-4 away to Paris Saint-Germain, hopes are not high for a repeat performance, reports Xinhua news agency.

Champions League quarter-finals, return leg: Preview, Live Streaming, Date, TV listing, Schedule

Champions League quarter-finals, return leg: Preview, Live Streaming, Date, TV listing, Schedule

While Madrid duo Atletico and Real along with Monaco will be aiming to maintain their lead taken from the first-leg, what would be thrilling to watch is whether Barcelona would be able to re-write history books yet again with their comeback tale.

Barcelona striker Neymar Jr desires to play for Flamingo at some point, rules out leaving Barcelona

Barcelona striker Neymar Jr desires to play for Flamingo at some point, rules out leaving Barcelona

The star forward joined Barcelona in 2013 and has gone on to make 180 appearances for the club, netting 100 goals.

Champions League: Neymar upbeat of Barcelona's progression to semi-finals despite suffering 3-0 deficit to Juventus in 1st leg

Champions League: Neymar upbeat of Barcelona's progression to semi-finals despite suffering 3-0 deficit to Juventus in 1st leg

The Brazilian scored Barcelona`s fourth and fifth goals in the last 16 second leg, setting up the sixth too, as they won 6-1 to progress 6-5 on aggregate.

Lionel Messi's brace keeps Barcelona alive ahead of El Clasico after 3-2 win over Real Sociedad

Lionel Messi's brace keeps Barcelona alive ahead of El Clasico after 3-2 win over Real Sociedad

Barcelona will need Messi on this form if they are to produce another miracle Champions League fightback against Juventus on Tuesday from a 3-0 first leg deficit.

Cristiano Ronaldo finally scores for Barcelona in UEFA Champions League, courtesy a Pakistan news channel — WATCH

Cristiano Ronaldo finally scores for Barcelona in UEFA Champions League, courtesy a Pakistan news channel — WATCH

For the record, the former Manchester United star became the first player to score 100 goals in UEFA club competition on Wednesday night as Real Madrid beat Bayern 2-1 in their Champions League quart-final first leg match at Allianz Arena.

Champions League: Unrepentant Barcelona boss Luis Enrique plots another Euro revival

Champions League: Unrepentant Barcelona boss Luis Enrique plots another Euro revival

The Spanish champions suffered back-to-back defeats at Malaga and Juventus in the past week to severely damage their hopes of winning La Liga or the Champions League.

Barcelona's Neymar banned for El Clasico against Real Madrid after being hit with a three game ban

Barcelona's Neymar banned for El Clasico against Real Madrid after being hit with a three game ban

Neymar was shown the first red card of his Barcelona career for two bookable offences as Barca`s title suffered a big blow in a 2-0 defeat at Malaga on Saturday.

Liverpool's Coutinho only behind Barcelona's Neymar, says Brazil's Juninho

Liverpool's Coutinho only behind Barcelona's Neymar, says Brazil's Juninho

Coutinho became the top-scoring Brazilian in England`s Premier League when he scored his 30th goal in his club`s 2-1 win over Stoke City on Saturday, eclipsing the former Middlesbrough midfielder.

Champions League quarter-finals: Preview, Live Streaming, Date, TV listing, Schedule

Champions League quarter-finals: Preview, Live Streaming, Date, TV listing, Schedule

The spotlight would of course remain on the debutants Leicester City as they take on Spanish giants Atletico Madrid on April 13.

Russian computer programmer arrested in Spain: Russian Embassy

A Russian computer programmer, Pyotr Levashov, has been arrested in the Spanish city of Barcelona, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Madrid said on Sunday.