Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both fail to score
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 19-12 Messi
Ronaldo was off-target with each of the three shots he took in Real Madrid's 2-1 win at Granada.
Meanwhile, Messi had a goal disallowed as Barcelona won 2-0 at Levante and only took two shots, one of which was on target.
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: 5/10 -- After a great display against Espanyol, Ronaldo relapsed into one of those performances that we have seen too often this season, especially away from home. Lacking mobility and accuracy with the ball, the Portuguese striker rarely helped his team, who need more from him in these type of matches.
Lee Roden on Messi: 8/10 -- Barca's strongest creative force in an otherwise scrappy encounter, the No.10 played a key role in the opening goal and set up several other chances that were wasted until Suarez finally took advantage of his creativity in added time.
How did Twitter react to Ronaldo and Messi's latest displays?
Today Messi won his 250th league game with Barcelona (332 games in total, D51 L31) pic.twitter.com/ykrgXkilCh- ME5SISTATS (@MessiStats) February 7, 2016
Most goals + assists in Europe's top 5 leagues this season:- Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 7, 2016
Z. Ibrahimovic (29)
C. Ronaldo (26)
G. Higuain (26)
L. Suarez (26)
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 league game
Next weekend, Ronaldo and Real Madrid are in action first when they host Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. The following day, Messi and Barcelona are at home to Celta Vigo.
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."