On the Pitch

Mar 12, 2012


 Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: The real fight for La Liga


As much as fans of Barcelona, or more likely enemies of Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo, don’t want to accept it: La Liga is over. It’s Real Madrid’s to lose, by embarrassing and catastrophic circumstances.

In its wake has emerged the real battle for good and evil: Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo. They are currently highlighting the most exciting competition in the League—the fight for the Pichichi.

With a pair of braces by both players in their respective La Liga games, the counter stands at 32 goals for Cristiano Ronaldo and 30 for Messi. For those wondering about number three: Gonzalo Higuain with a respectable 17 goals.

The pairs have taken a very distinct approach to the competition. For Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo have taken an obsessive approach that could have threatened the team were it not so powerful. Ronaldo plays ninety minutes of every game. He takes every free kick (though he has shown terrible accuracy thus far this season) and every penalty kick.

The team is risking not only its scoring opportunities (willing to wager Xabi Alonso would have made a few more kicks) but also the health of its top star. Ronaldo has had a horrible wear and tear through the league, often in games that the team is willing comfortably.

Messi has not been much different, he takes many free kicks (though having more success) and started in almost every game of La Liga—although usually not all 90 minutes of the game.

With the League title out of hand, the thought on fans brains will be who played more minutes, who scored more goals as La Liga reaches its decisive games.

Despite who wins, fans now have the opportunity of seeing the two best players in the world go head to head in the best league in the world for the ultimate individual title: it doesn’t get much more exciting than that.