Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi fail to score as Real Madrid, Barca draw
Each week, ESPN FC projects and reviews the scoring battle between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga.
Current goals total in La Liga: Ronaldo 14-6 Messi
Ronaldo set up a goal for Karim Benzema in Real Madrid's 2-2 draw at Valencia but managed just two shots himself -- neither of which were on target.
Meanwhile, Messi got just one of his four shots on goal as Barcelona were held to a 0-0 draw away to city rivals Espanyol.
Ratings and review
Here's what our Real Madrid and Barcelona club bloggers had to say about each man's performance.
Ed Alvarez on Ronaldo: 6/10 -- Started off well, leading the forward line and showing the energy this match demanded. However, he lost prominence as the match went by and could not finish the few occasions in which his teammates found him.
Francesc Tomas on Messi: 8/10 -- Drifted toward the middle more often as the game developed in an attempt to get more involved, but failed to celebrate the new year with the game-winning goal his team was so desperately craving. Smashed the crossbar with a a superb free kick that certainly deserved better. In what was a rarity, allowed his frustration to shine through in the dying minutes.
How did Twitter react to Ronaldo and Messi's latest displays?
Barcelona's scoreless draw with Espanyol marks first time since Aug. 29 that Messi, Neymar and Suárez each fail to score in a league match- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 2, 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo now has 21 assists in La Liga since 2014/15, the only player with more is Lionel Messi (22). Obv. pic.twitter.com/hTUHcoW6iI- Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 3, 2016
What do you think about Messi and Ronaldo? Let us know using the hashtag #ESPNFCMessiRonaldo. Plus, tell us who will win this season's scoring battle in our poll.
The next game
Both men play at home on Saturday as Messi and Barcelona host Granada before Ronaldo and Real Madrid take on Deportivo.
The Messi vs. Ronaldo goals-projection model
Here's an explanation from the model's creator, analytics specialist Zach Bradshaw:
"These projections account for the historical performance (goals scored and minutes played) of the two players since 2010, strength of opposing defences faced (measured by SPI defensive rating), game location, and the potential for injury or missing games. Based on these inputs, the predictor will estimate the chance of each player scoring any number of goals for each remaining game. From this, we can project the total number of goals scored, hat tricks, and the chance of each player accruing more goals than the other over the course of the entire Liga season."