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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both fail to score

ESPN FC's Brian McBride and Mark Donaldson assess this week's performance of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi in La Liga.
The ESPN FC crew discuss what's been causing Cristiano Ronaldo to under-perform against the big and small teams.

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...

Luis Enrique and Fernando Torres hit 100, Ronaldo struggles away

The ESPN FC crew discuss Barcelona's underwhelming 2-0 victory over Levante.

Five thoughts from another weekend of La Liga action as Atletico won, while Barcelona and Real Madrid did not convince in their victories.

1. Ton up for Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique's 100th game in charge of Barcelona was not their most flowing performance, but it did bring a 2-0 win at Levante on Sunday lunchtime to keep the Blaugrana in control of the title race.

Twelve of those 100 have come in six weeks since the winter break and Barca did look a team low on energy, but they did enough to win via...

Real Madrid keep pace in La Liga title race after Modric's wondrous winner

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner says Real Madrid was fortunate to take the lead in an even game at Granada Sunday.

On Sunday, Real Madrid won three hard-fought points that keep the squad's scarce title hopes alive after a tough 90 minutes in Granada. The hosts gave Zinedine Zidane's team plenty of work, played a fantastic second half and enjoyed several chances to beat Keylor Navas.

The Madridistas scored first through Karim Benzema, who later missed a fantastic opportunity to double the lead. Granada drew level 15 minutes into the second half, but when the match seemed to be leaning in their direction, an...

Luka Modric's late thunderbolt tops Granada, keeps Madrid in title race

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner says Real Madrid was fortunate to take the lead in an even game at Granada Sunday.

Three points from Real Madrid's late 2-1 win over Granada at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes on Sunday.

1. Modric keeps Madrid in the title race

Luka Modric's late piledriver got Real Madrid a 2-1 win in Sunday's late game and just about kept his side in the La Liga title race. Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane called this game a "must win" on Saturday, and his team's need became even greater with title rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid both winning earlier this weekend.

Zidane's fellow Frenchman,...

 By Rob Train

Real Madrid slip-up at Granada would raise Zidane questions

The ESPN FC crew discusses whether or not Neymar will eclipse Cristiano Ronaldo and become a better footballer.

The only blemish on Zinedine Zidane's record as Real Madrid manager to date came in his third match in charge, when the side visited the Benito Villamarin and surrendered two points to a Betis team battling at the other end of the table. At home, Zidane's Real have been ruthlessly efficient, scoring 16 and conceding just once. But few would claim the opposition has been of the highest caliber, and certainly previous manager Rafa Benitez would have looked at the fixture list Zidane inherited with...

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.)

Messi Ronaldo weekend 20160205
Last season, Messi netted once at Levante and Ronaldo did likewise at Granada.

2015-16 total goals projection

Ronaldo...