Barcelona star Lionel Messi slammed after dismal display against Real Madrid

Barcelona slipped behind Real Madrid in the title race as Lionel Messi failed to make an impact in their second La Liga meeting of the season on Sunday.

The famous El Clasico meeting finished 2-0 to the home side at the Bernabau thanks to Vinicius Junior’s deflected strike and a last-gasp clincher from Mariano Diaz.

Lionel Messi failed to inspire his Barcelona team-mates after their draw against Napoli in midweek, and his disappointing display didn’t go unnoticed.

One fan asked: “Where is Messi when you need him?”

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A second wrote: “A Where is Messi? Have you seen him? Where's Messi?”

A third joked: “Cristiano was in the stand and he still had a greater impact than Messi.”

A fourth said: “Rarity but that was the worst I have seen Messi display.”

With a fifth saying: “Messi saw Ronaldo and became humble, the man is a fraud.”

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Messi has managed 23 goals and 16 assists in all competitions in what has been a turbulent season of the field, with Quique Setien losing in his first taste of the fierce derby.

Real skipper Sergio Ramos led the celebrations after what was a lacklustre affair, admitting before the match that it was more than an average league outing.

He said: "It's not just any other game.

“Despite there just being three points at stake, as there is in every game, El Clasico is a game unlike any other.

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“Beating Barcelona would bring us great joy. What's more, it usually has a really positive impact on the group in terms of morale".

"Both teams know that and it's something that we have to deal with as best we can to turn it into an incentive that drives you on to victory.

“Right from the start of the week, the whole experience is different. It brings a lot of media attention, but that's also what makes this game so great, the La Liga, the players.

“The feeling you get is one that comes from inside, it's really hard to explain.”

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