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Real Madrid prepare for Barcelona with Cristiano Ronaldo tribute

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Real Madrid know they will need to have Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of his game if they want to take all three points in Saturday's La Liga clash against Barcelona.

The season's first Clasico fixture represents a chance for Luis Enrique's men to take charge of the Spanish division. They have already earned a three-point advantage over Los Blancos and Rafa Benitez will know they cannot afford to lose.

And they have tried their best to intimidate the opposition, releasing a compilation video of all 15 goals Ronaldo has scored against Barcelona in his six seasons at the Bernabeu.

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The video was necessary to remind everyone what a great player Ronaldo is. The 30-year-old has not been at his brilliant best so far this season, despite grabbing eight goals in 11 La Liga appearances.

Those statistics would make any striker in the world proud, but five of those strikes came in a 6-0 demolition of Espanyol. In fact, Ronaldo has failed to score or create a goal in seven of those 11 games.

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The video

Gerard Pique and Co. will certainly not use Ronaldo's ill-form as an excuse to underestimate him. The three-time Ballon d'Or winner will be as determined as ever to prove he is not over the hill and El Clasico is the ultimate stage to do it.

Barcelona themselves will be hoping Lionel Messi will be on hand to counter anything Ronaldo does.

Messi back in training

The Argentinian has scored 21 goals in 30 appearances against Real Madrid but has been struggling to recover from a knee injury. The latest report suggests he will be available, but there are serious doubts as to whether he will be ready for such a formidable occasion.

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