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Barca must avoid complacency

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Expect Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to score on Sunday - projection

Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo is the modern game's greatest individual rivalry.

Current goals total in La Liga: Ronaldo 19-12 Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick last weekend saw him increase his league goals lead over Lionel Messi to seven and both men are tipped to continue their good form this weekend, according to ESPN's projection model.

Messi is in action first when Barcelona visit Levante on Sunday. Later the same day, Ronaldo and Real Madrid are at Granada.

(Numbers for each player are based on him starting the game.)

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Last season, Messi netted once at Levante and Ronaldo did likewise at Granada.

2015-16 total goals projection


Barca must avoid complacency after Valencia win to overcome Levante

Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique lauded all facets of his side's 7-0 rout of Valencia in their Copa del Rey first-leg.

Barcelona's overwhelming superiority in the 7-0 win over Valencia during the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals has put a gigantic smile on Cules' faces. While the Catalans are no strangers to winning games by convincing scorelines, the demolition of Gary Neville's side was far more brutal than anybody could have possible anticipated.

After the result, the world's media hailed Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi as Barca's standout performers after they scored a quadruple and a hat trick, respectively.


Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo: A statistical look at the birthday boys

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 343 goals in less than seven seasons for Real Madrid.

Two of world soccer's most popular stars share birthdays today. Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo turns 31 and Barcelona's Neymar turns 24. Ronaldo has cemented his name into many record books while Neymar is well on his way to doing the same.

Here are some notes on the birthday boys:

- Ronaldo surpassed the 500-goal plateau for his career earlier this season. 343 of his 518 goals have come in a Real Madrid jersey as it took Ronaldo less than seven full seasons to become club's all-time top scorer....

 By Shaka Hislop

Barcelona leapfrog Bayern Munich as Tottenham enter the Top 10

Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique lauded all facets of his side's 7-0 rout of Valencia in their Copa del Rey first-leg.

The Power Rankings have a new leader!

1. Barcelona (+1)

Two wins, achieved in very different ways, were what Barcelona had to show for their last week of work. First, a blood and thunder affair against Atletico Madrid ended in a 2-1 win, before Valencia were dispatched 7-0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal. Lionel Messi had a four-goal week but Luis Suarez scored five!

2. Bayern Munich (-1)

Pep Guardiola made news this week but it had little to do with Bayern Munich. While...

Man United believed to be behind mystery £144 million Neymar bid

January's transfer window may be closed but the rumours never stop - ESPN FC's Ale Moreno and Alexis Nunes pick through the latest gossip.
Neymar left court after testifying in an investigation regarding alleged irregularities concerning his transfer to Barcelona.

The winter window might have shut, but the rumour mill rolls on! As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest rumours and gossip. See the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Neymar's £144m bid from the Prem?

The Sun claims that Barcelona star Neymar could be on his way to the Premier League in the summer, thanks to a slip of the tongue from his father. The report claims that Manchester United currently lead the chase, with Chelsea and Manchester City also lurking...

 By Lee Roden

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi lead Barcelona in humiliation of Valencia

The ESPN FC crew examine Gary Neville's time in charge of Valencia and share their thoughts on his future at the club.

Barcelona gave no quarter to Valencia in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal at the Camp Nou, taking advantage of a passive display from Gary Neville's side to ruthlessly hammer them 7-0. There were eye-catching performances all over the pitch from the Catalans.

Lionel Messi reduced Los Che to 10 men, won a penalty and scored a hat trick in another one of his great individual showings, but the Argentinean's escapades up front were rivaled by one of his forward teammates. That man was Luis...