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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

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

It's as you were in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's Spanish league scoring battle after both men failed to find the net on Sunday, despite being projected to score.

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.

Cristiano Ronaldo's last away goal in La Liga was scored on Nov. 29.

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.

Lionel Messi has scored just once away league games since September.

Socially speaking

How did Twitter react to Ronaldo and Messi's latest displays?

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.

Who will score more La Liga goals this season?

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

All season long, ESPN FC, in conjunction with ESPN's Stats & Info group, will forecast the scoring battle in La Liga between Messi and Ronaldo using a specially designed 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."

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