Barcelona vs Real Madrid: 5 things to expect from the El Clasico
The last El Clasico of this season is here and two of the biggest clubs in world football, Real Madrid and Barcelona, lock horns yet again, in what is surely going to be a footballing spectacle. The last time they played against each other, Barcelona won the match 3-0.
Real Madrid have qualified for the UEFA Champions League final for the third time in as many years. Barcelona, on the other hand, have clinched the La Liga and Copa del Rey titles but were knocked out by AS Roma in the quarterfinals of the Champions League by the away goal rule.
However, records and past encounters will not come into play when these two sides step onto the Camp Nou pitch.
Here are the five things one should expect from the match.
#1 The never-ending Messi-Ronaldo debate
Each time Lionel Messi rescues Barcelona with a well-timed finish or Cristiano Ronaldo scores a stunner for Real Madrid, fans start proclaiming each one as the 'greatest player' in the history of football.
Both have different skillsets and the way they play the game also differs. Ronaldo is one of the best finisher/poacher in the world, if not the best, right now and his goals are a treat to watch.
Messi is more of a playmaker whose exemplary vision makes it easy for him to assist and his mazy dribbles past many players to score goals are a feast.
Messi could move further ahead of Mohammed Salah in the race for European Golden Boot by scoring in tomorrow's game, while Ronaldo will also be looking to chip in a few goals and get Real Madrid back to winning ways against their arch-rivals. He has been in sublime form in the Champions League this season with 11 goals.
Messi scored a hat-trick in his last game and Ronaldo will be looking to score after helping his team soar into the UCL final
Who will prove to be decisive tomorrow? Messi or Ronaldo?