La Liga preview: Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi?

Before an El Clasico match-up, Messi and Ronaldo shake hands at midfield. In the last six La Liga El Clasico games, the teams have been inseparable, with two ties and two wins for both Madrid and Barcelona.

Before an El Clasico match-up, Messi and Ronaldo shake hands at midfield. In the last six La Liga El Clasico games, the teams have been inseparable, with two ties and two wins for both Madrid and Barcelona.

For five straight years, Messi and Ronaldo have been number one and number two in the world. After coming the closest he’s ever been to repeating his 2008 Ballon d’Or, Ronaldo looks to improve on a 2012 season and finally dethrone the reigning number one of four consecutive years. Messi, on the other hand, will undoubtedly look to capitalize on the new Barcelona acquisitions of Neymar and Denis Suarez on his road to a fifth straight Ballon d’Or. Watch the development of Ronaldo and Messi since their respective debuts in professional soccer in 2003 and 2005.