2013 Copa del Rey Clasico - Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid v Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona
Going into the 2013 Copa Del Rey Clasico semi-final matches – Barcelona appears to be the favorite to win the Spanish Cup – especially since Real Madrid will be missing several key players.
However, no one believes the upcoming match tomorrow will be a walk in the park for Barca.
Superstar strikers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo scored heavily in their last clashes – Messi delivered four goals and Ronaldo earned three.
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The last time FC Barcelona and Real Madrid met on Oct. 7, the match ended in a 2-2 draw - both Messi and Ronaldo scored two goals apiece.
Prior to that meeting, Barcelona defeated Madrid 3-2 on Aug. 23, however Barca took the match six days later by a score of 2-1.
So although Barca is fit and prepared to give their fans a second consecutive cup, I would hesitate to place a large bet.
Barcelona leads the Spanish La Liga table, owning 58 points and a 19-1-1 record while Real Madrid sit 15 points behind at 13-4-4.
Messi will enter the match with a total of 33 goals in 21 La Liga games, 11 goals ahead of his talley at this time last year.
Messi is really enjoying this season in which he broke La Liga scoring records and a calendar year in which he smashed Gerd Mueller's all-time scoring record and won the Ballon d'Or.
Last season, "El Caliente" set the La Liga goal scoring record with a stunning 50 goals in 36 games. Messi's 2012/13 tally is now 33 goals in 20 games. Continuing at that scoring rate, he will achieve 59.4 goals by the end of the season.
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