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Messi ready for Madrid

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

MADRID - Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo come into their 'el clasico' clash in Madrid in the Spanish Cup semi-final in fine form and full of goals.

Messi has hit 16 and Ronaldo 12 in their last 10 games, and the four the Argentine got against Osasuna on Sunday makes it 33 in the league while Ronaldo has 21 after his hat-trick against Getafe.

It will be the fourth time Real Madrid and Barcelona have met this season.

Madrid took the Spanish Super Cup on away goals over two legs and managed a 2-2 draw in Barcelona in the league, the only points Barca have dropped at home, so there is little to choose between the two up to now.

Messi's goals at the weekend meant he became the first player in history to score in 11 consecutive La Liga matches and he can equal or break another record on Wednesday.

One goal would level Alfredo Di Stefano's long-standing 18 goal tally in games between the two sides.


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