Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar will come face-to-face with Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo in Saturday’s El Clasico matchup between Barcelona and Real Madrid.
And one of the main characters involved has compared the two strike forces ahead of the game.
Bale will be hoping for a repeat of the 2014 Copa del Rey final - in which his stunning goal secured a 2-1 win over Barcelona - but the 26-year-old knows stopping ‘MSN’ won’t be easy.
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The South American trio have combined to score 107 goals this season and are spearheading Barcelona’s treble charge.
Things haven’t been quite so rosy in Madrid, where ‘BBC’ haven’t taken to the field together on as many occasions as they had hoped.
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This has left them 10 points behind their bitter rivals, who humiliated them to the tune of a 4-0 thrashing at the Santiago Bernabeu in November.
The season might have panned out differently had Bale not suffered three injuries - he has missed 15 games this season, per Transfermarkt - and it’s a shame football fans have been deprived of watching BBC at their ruthless best for the entire campaign.
On his connection with Benzema and Ronaldo, the Welshman said: “We have a great relationship on the pitch, we play very well together and it's not for us to judge if we are the best,” per Sport.
“I’m sure the media and other people will have their opinions but all we can do is go on the pitch, try to score goals, help the team and make the Madrid fans happy.”
Bale, the world’s most expensive player, was then asked for his thoughts on MSN.
“They are obviously great players, world-class players and they are doing very well at the moment,” he replied. “We know all about them and they know all about us.
“Come Saturday it will be a great game, I'm sure it will be one for everybody to enjoy and we'll try to make it as exciting as we can."
Individual vs team success
One noticeable difference in MSN’s approach compared to BBC’s is their team-first mentality. Never would you see Messi publicly criticise his teammates, unlike Cristiano, and the Barcelona trio revel in each other’s success.
Bale insisted his attitude is similar, admitting that he would rather enjoy team success than any individual accolades.
“I don't think a lot about individual prizes, like the Ballon d'Or and so on," the former Tottenham player confessed. “I try to improve with Real Madrid and if you win trophies for your club then those individual accolades follow, but for me they are not massively important.”
Cristiano could learn something from that message.
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