El Clásico Preview – Messi vs Ronaldo

23 Nov

If I may borrow the words of Pep Guardionla, “Es una puta barbaridad” – it’s f***ing barbaric. Not the unprecedented and historic point tally both Barcelona and Real Madrid accumulated last season to which Guardiola was referring to, but the output of the two best players in the world. Raw numbers do more justice than poetic prose:

Lionel Messi (23) – 16 goals in his last 9 competitive matches. 19 goals in 15 appearances in all competitions. 13 goals in 10 league matches. He has scored in each of the team’s last 8 consecutive matches. 6 multi-goal matches this season – 2 hat tricks and 4 doubles.

Cristiano Ronaldo (25) – 17 goals in 18 appearances in all competitions. 15 goals in 12 league matches (current league leader). 5 multi goal matches this season –  3 doubles, 1 hat trick, and 1 four goal tally. He is the highest scorer in Real Madrid history at this stage of the season. He is the first Real Madrid player to lead the league in goals heading into the clásico since Ildefonso Fernando Sañudo García back in 1935/36.

Who or what can stop them is a question better left unanswered – you’d spend the rest of your life trying. The easy answer is you can’t – you can only hope to contain them. There are, however, two possible ways of containment.

First, injure them (not recommended). Second, cut off their supply, although that won’t really work either as they are too intelligent to allow it. They may line up on the wings, but just to start. Should they find it hard to receive the ball, both have shown a tendency to drift into the middle or even to the center circle in order to receive the ball. No matter what you do, they will find a way to get the ball at their feet. At which point, as an opponent, start praying. I will say that Messi, more so than Ronaldo, comes back to the ball more often. And that comes down to the system. Khedira, Alonso, and Ozil dominate the middle and usually don’t stray to the sidelines. Ronaldo can disappear from matches. Messi on the other hand has much more freedom to roam in Guardiola’s system making him that much more deadly. The bottom line is, you can only hope to contain them. You probably won’t.

Intangibles:

Messi likes paying with legos. Ronaldo likes to pout and sit on the ground crying like a baby. Advantage Messi

Messi has a cute little girlfriend. Ronaldo bangs supermodels, lingerie models, cover girls, swimsuit models…you get the point. Advantage Ronaldo

Messi’s hair flaps in the wind like a 5 year old’s bowl cut. Ronaldo has a an incredibly dumb looking “mohawk.” Advantage Messi

Messi likes his shorts baggy like a basketball player. Ronaldo opts for short shorts. Advantage Ronaldo

Messi is everyone’s favorite little big kid. Ronaldo is everyone’s bratty pain in the ass. Advantage Messi

It’s settled! Kind of… The biggest game in the world calls for the biggest superstars to perform. Ronaldo has never scored a goal in Barcelona. Messi has never scored against a Mourinho managed side. Something better give.

(Photo courtesy of AS.com)

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4 Responses to “El Clásico Preview – Messi vs Ronaldo”

  1. mahdi July 23, 2012 at 5:43 am #

    ronaldo is the best

    • Alfred September 12, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

      No man.ronaldo is kooni
      Only Leo MESSI

  2. Gopalkrish July 22, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Messi and Ronaldo are the best

  3. Saurabh Saha July 15, 2012 at 3:25 am #

    ronaldo is the best

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