Amid political tension, Lionel Messi takes part in Barcelona training ahead of el clasico against Real Madrid - in pictures

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Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi attends a training session at the Joan Gamper Sports City training ground. AFP

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde during training at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in Barcelona, Spain. Reuters

Barcelona's Ivan Rakiticn. Reuters

Barcelona's Gerard Piquen. Reuters

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi speaks with Luis Suarez. AFP

Barcelona's Anssumane Fati, Frenkie de Jong, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi during trainingn. Reuters

Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti, left, and teammates during trainingn. Reuters

Barcelona's head coach Ernesto Valverde attends a presser at the Joan Gamper sports complex. EPA

Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann. AFP

Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, Carles Perez and Lionel Messi during trainingn. Reuters

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Steve Luckings

Dec 17, 2019

December 17, 2019

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Barcelona forward and captain Lionel Messi joined his teammates for a final run out ahead of the highly-anticipated clasico against Real Madrid on Wednesday.

The match takes place at Barcelona's Camp Nou against the backdrop of high political tension, with thousands of protesters expected to take to the area around the ground in support of Catalan independence.

For Messi and teammates including Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann and Gerard Pique, Tuesday was all about fine-tuning tactics at the Joan Gamper Sports City training ground ahead of Madrid's visit.

Messi is the all-time leading scorer in clasicos with 26 goals.

Barca and Real are first and second in La Liga on 35 points after 16 games.

To see a selection of images of Barcelona in training, see the photo gallery above.

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Updated: December 17, 2019 09:50 PM

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