Spanish Papers: El Clasico featured as Messi and Ronaldo go head-to-headDecember 21, 2017
Our Spanish Paper review looks ahead to Saturday’s El Clasico with Marca in particular looking at the head-to-head records of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The pair have dominated the record books in recent years, having won five Ballon d’Or titles each and Saturday’s game is being promoted as another match in which one can come out on top.
Real Madrid are under increasing pressure to win the game as they sit 11 points behind league leaders Barcelona, who are yet to lose this season.
Barca, head into the game having beaten Deportivo 4-0 last weekend and look in great form, with Messi in particular up to his usual tricks.
Messi’s 12 league goals this season, leaves Ronaldo way behind with just four – and the Portuguese forward could in-fact miss out on the game entirely if injury reports are to be believed.
Luis Suarez, who had similar league scoring problems to Ronaldo at the start of the season, burst into life against Depor last weekend, scoring an impressive brace and he has been talking up his side’s plans for the visit to the Santiago Bernabeu, in which he says they have been working on a special plan to seal all three points.
Finally, Mundo Deportivo focus on Andres Iniesta, who despite growing closer and closer to his final El Clasico’s – had the best game of his season so far against Depor.
The Catalan daily also looks at Girona’s successful season so far, which sees them sit in the European places.