Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo 2013: Another memorable showdown

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were in insatiable form ahead of their sides' upcoming Copa del Rey semi-final first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. The Portuguese man scored his 20th career hat-trick to help Real Madrid rout Getafe 4-0 while Lionel Messi outdid him by netting four times in Barcelona's 5-1 thrashing of Osasuna on Sunday night. With this result, the Argentine soccer sensation has become the youngest player ever to pass the 200-mark in La Liga, the Spanish league and set a league record with goals in 11 consecutive games. Cristiano Ronaldo trailed not far behind as the 28-year-old star has sparked a recent resurgence in Madrid with 10 goals and two hat tricks this month. His record with the Spanish team is very impressive: 179 goals in 176 games. At the time of Barcelona hosting Real Madrid - dubbed "el clasico," the most high-profile rivalry in La Liga, both players are primed for another memorable showdown.

Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 2013

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Cristiano Ronaldo 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo declared that the Catalan giants is a fantastic team and that Real Madrid will miss “key players” for the Copa del Rey semifinal game against Barcelona. The 27-year-old forward said the absences of Iker Casillas, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Angel di Maria and Fabio Coentrao will serve as an excuse. Ronaldo praised their upcoming rival, “It’s an important game, a difficult game. We’ll play against one of the toughest teams in the world, so it will be a great night,” he told Real Madrid TV.

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Cristiano Ronaldo trained prior to start the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Mestalla on January 20, 2013 in Valencia, Spain.

Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid

The soccer star looked on during the Copa del Rey Quarter Final, 1st leg match between Real Madrid CF and Valencia CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on January 15, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and his model girlfriend Irina Shayk posed during the red carpet arrivals of the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2013 at Congress House on January 7, 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland.

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This article was published on 2013/02/04
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