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Lionel Messi left spitting blood after clash during Barcelona’s heated El Clasico win over Real Madrid

The little magician won it late on for his side, but was earlier caught be the flailing arm of Madrid man Marcelo

LIONEL MESSI was left spitting blood during Barcelona’s El Clasico win against Real Madrid.

The little magician, who scored his second goal of the game in injury time to win it for the Catalans, was caught by Marcelo’s elbow in the first half.

Something is clearly bothering the Barcelona number 10 as he prepares to come out for the second half

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Something is clearly bothering the Barcelona number 10 as he prepares to come out for the second half

As Lionel Messi was coming out for the second half, he spits something out of his mouth

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As Lionel Messi was coming out for the second half, he spits something out of his mouth

But it's clear that this was not just spit coming out of the megastar's mouth

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But it’s clear that this was not just spit coming out of the megastar’s mouth

The Argentinian then puts his hand to his mouth as he realises something is not quite right

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The Argentinian then puts his hand to his mouth

While it appears the clash was unintentional, it left Messi crumpled on the floor, with him spitting out blood from the mouth.


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The 29-year-old then came off the pitch for treatment, and returned to the Bernabeu grass with tissue on his mouth and blood pouring from his mouth.

Lionel Messi lies on the ground after being caught be Marcelo's elbow during El Clasico

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Lionel Messi lies on the ground after being caught be Marcelo’s elbow during El Clasico

The Argentinian superstar then returned to the pitch holding tissue to his bleeding moouth

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The Argentinian superstar then returned to the pitch holding tissue to his bleeding mouth

Lionel Messi refused to let a head injury stop him, and scored his side's first goal during El Clasico

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Lionel Messi refused to let injury stop him, and scored his side’s first goal during El Clasico

But proving more Lionheart Messi than Lionel, ten minutes later the number ten netted to equalise after Casemeiro had given Real Madrid the lead.

But all was clearly not well as far as Messi’s injury was concerned, as this video from the tunnel shows.

As the teams were coming out for the second half, Messi is shown looking somewhat uncomfortable, before he is shown spitting out blood.

But as we should all come to expect from arguably the greatest player of all time, just as Real Madrid thought they were bagging a point that would keep them clear at the top of La Liga, Messi had other ideas.

In the second minute of injury time, Jordi Alba squared to him in the box, and he did the rest, firing past Keylor Navas to secure Barcelona a 3-2 win to blow open the title race.

Lionel Messi even kept in the bloody tissue as he challenged for balls during the fiery clash

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Lionel Messi even kept in the bloody tissue as he challenged for balls during the fiery clash

Lionel Messi refused to let injury dampen his spirits, and fired home the winner in injury time as Barcelona went top of La Liga

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Lionel Messi refused to let injury dampen his spirits, and fired home the winner in injury time as Barcelona went top of La Liga