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Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo: Who will win the key battle in Barcelona v Real Madrid
Last Updated: 04/05/18 8:25am
Will Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo come out on top when Barcelona face Real Madrid on Sunday? We check the stats...
Barcelona host Real Madrid this Sunday, live on Sky Sports, in the 238th installment of the Clasico. Leading the lines for both sides will be the two biggest names in world football - Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - going head-to-head for the 30th time in this fixture.
Messi has continued to dominate the Spanish top tier this season, and is top of the pile in every major attacking statistic. He currently has more goals, assists, chances created, successful dribbles and touches in the opposition's box than any other player.
Lionel Messi's sensational scoring streak
|La Liga 2017/18||Total||La Liga Rank|
|Touches in opp. box||282||1st|
Messi, whose 32 goals mean it's now nine straight seasons he's reached over 25 goals in La Liga, recorded his 41st career hat-trick for Barcelona last weekend, putting him in red-hot form ahead of this match.
The Argentina forward is also the record goal-scorer in Clasico history, finding the net on 25 occasions - seven more than any other player.
Clasico top scorers - all competitions
|Player||Games||Goals||Games per goal|
|Alfredo Di Stefano||30||18||1.7|
While Messi's form has been constant this season, Ronaldo started off in uncharacteristically wayward fashion in front of goal, scoring in just three La Liga games up until January 21.
Since then, though, no player in Europe's top-5 leagues comes anywhere close to his level of potency.
Most goals in Europe's top five leagues - since January 21
Ronaldo has struck an incredible 20 goals in his last 11 La Liga appearances, five more than any other player, and generally in fewer appearances. He's currently scored in each of his last eight appearances, his best run of goals in consecutive La Liga games since 2014.
While the Portugal captain began slowly in La Liga, this early-season lull didn't transcend to other competitions. He's currently top scorer in the Champions League, with 15 goals - five more than any other player - and provided crucial strikes in the FIFA Club World Cup.
He's one goal shy of Messi and Mohamed Salah for most goals in all competitions, but has made notably fewer appearances and boasts the best minutes-per-goal return of all leading scorers:
Most goals in all comps - for clubs in Europe's top five leagues
|Player||Goals||Games played||Mins per goal|
|Lionel Messi||43||51||99 mins|
|Mohamed Salah||43||49||91 mins|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||42||41||83 mins|
|Ciro Immobile||41||46||89 mins|
|Robert Lewandowski||39||45||90 mins|
With Barcelona's La Liga title already secured, Real Madrid will be fully focused on spoiling their rival's hopes of going a full season unbeaten.
One thing this fixture always produces is goals, with no goalless draw in the past 44 meetings, dating back to long before Messi and Ronaldo began locking horns in this fixture. Expect that trend to continue once again this Sunday.
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