Messi targets 500th goal in Clasico


The 28-year-old is one strike away from the mark after netting his 50th international goal from the spot in Argentina's 2-0 victory over Bolivia ├Čn World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

"It would be a nice moment to reach that figure against Real Madrid. It would be nice to win to stretch our advantage," Messi told reporters.

Meanwhile, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner was pleased with the support La Albiceleste received in Cordoba earlier in the week.

"I'm happy with the six points, which were our objective in these matches," he added. "The welcome we received was nice. Again the fans gave us a lot of support."