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Spain’s stunning battle for supremacy

Barcelona v Real Madrid, a battle of epic proportions this season.

But it is not the most intriguing contest currently taking place in Spain. That honour rests with the stunning fight between those two Spanish-based gods of football, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

It’s not so much about who is the better player. Perhaps there will never be a definitive answer to that conundrum, although the general concensus is that Messi is the top man.

What can be measured though is the amazing statistics the two players have produced this season.

Incredibly, both players have reached 60 goals – and the campaign hasn’t even finished yet. Messi could even make it to 70.

So how do they measure up?

Here’s the breakdown:

Lionel Messi

La Liga

Games: 32

Goals: 41

Assists:12

Barcelona

Games: 53

Goals: 63

Assists: 24

Barcelona and Argentina

Games: 62

Goals: 65

Assists: 28

Hat-tricks

La Liga: 6

Champions League: 2

Total: 8

Cristiano Ronaldo

La Liga

Games: 33

Goals: 41

Assists: 11

Real Madrid

Games: 49

Goals: 53

Assists: 14

Real Madrid and Portugal

Games: 58

Goals: 60

Assists: 15

Hat-tricks

La Liga: 7

Total: 7

Statistics compiled by Ivan Molina - Twitter: @IvanMolinaC

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