Yet again, the duel between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will grab the spotlight during Saturday's 'Clásico'. The Real Madrid and Barcelona hotshots both come into the clash averaging better than a goal a game this season.
Ronaldo's brace against Juventus took him to 15 goals in 12 appearances and an astonishing seven in three in the Champions League, in which he is the top scorer. The Portuguese star has been ever-present for Real this campaign and has made the most of his time on the pitch, racking up a staggering 1.25 goals per match.
Lionel Messi has been almost as prolific, netting 12 times in 11 games (1.09 a match). The Argentine's injury struggles have prevented him from turning out as regularly as Ronaldo - he has played 822 minutes, including the Spanish Super Cup, compared to CR7's 1032 - but he is still only three strikes behind the Portuguese ace's overall goal tally. In 'La Liga', meanwhile, the pair are neck and neck.
With the 'Clásico' on the horizon, both Messi and Ronaldo had their shooting boots on midweek in the Champions League. The Argentine notched Barça's equaliser at the San Siro, while Ronaldo's double fired his side to victory over Juventus in Madrid. Now, on Saturday, the duo will go head-to-head again in the highest-profile clash in world football.