Messi Vs. Ronaldo: Debate About Barca, Real Stars Dominates El Clasico

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo again will capture international soccer’s spotlight Saturday, when their respective clubs — Barcelona and Real Madrid — meet at the Camp Nou for El Clasico.

Barcelona is atop the La Liga standings, nine points clear of Atletico Madrid and 10 points up on Real Madrid, meaning a win this weekend would put Messi’s side in great shape with just seven more games to play.

While Messi and Co. top the standings, Ronaldo leads La Liga’s scoring chart, with 28 goals. Barcelona players hold the next three spots — Luis Suarez (26), Messi (22) and Neymar (21) — illustrating the depth and strike-at-any-time mentality that caused the rise atop La Liga.

But the Messi versus Ronaldo debate is what will dominate the El Clasico conversation, standings be damned. So who’s better? Barcelona and Real Madrid fans each have their man, but if stats and trophies are the determining factors, there’s lots to consider. Luckily, has the facts so you can dissect them, then decide for yourself before Saturday’s big game in Barcelona.

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