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Octopus 'Messi' tips Barcelona

2011-12-05 16:51

Barcelona - Messi the 'psychic' octopus predicted on Monday that Barcelona will beat Real Madrid during the first 'Clasico' of the season this weekend.

The octopus, named after Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi, forecast the win by choosing to eat a sardine from a glass bottle decorated with the Catalan side's crest, instead of one from a bottle with Real's crest, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the southern city of Benalmadena.

Real face arch rivals Barcelona at home at their Santiago Bernabeu home stadium on Saturday.

They are currently at the top of the league table with 37 points, three more than second-placed Barcelona.

During the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Paul, an octopus in the German town of Oberhausen, became world famous after correctly predicting all the results involving the German team, as well as that of the final, won by Spain.

Paul died on October 26, 2010.

AFP