El Clasico has always been one of the biggest fixtures in world football. But, since Cristiano Ronaldo joined Real Madrid back in 2009, the matchup between Los Blancos and Barcelona has been taken to another level.
Getting to see the Portuguese superstar share a pitch with Lionel Messi is what every football fan dreams of and, this Saturday, we will get that chance again as the latest instalment of El Clasico plays out.
It is a fixture that can make or break legends and it has certainly played its part in building the legacy of both Ronaldo and Messi. A point brilliantly proven by a new video that has surfaced showing the individual El Clasico highlights of both multi-time Ballon d'Or winners.
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Uploaded by the 'Kid Koodi' YouTube account, the 11-minute long video includes virtually every moment of magic produced by Messi and Ronaldo in the battle of the La Liga powerhouses.
Considering Messi has 21 goals and 12 assists against Madrid, and Ronaldo has bagged 16 goals in 25 appearances against the Catalan club, that is a lot of highlights to get through.
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We all know that Ronaldo and Messi are the two best players of their generation - their club and individual honours down the years prove that.
Nevertheless, seeing both stars produce unbelievable goals and skill against the very best opposition that El Clasico almost always provides just highlights the brilliance of both players.
Watching the above video will certainly have wet the appetite of football fans across the world as the countdown to kick off this weekend continues.
But, putting the incredible footage aside, who out of Messi and Ronaldo has statistically performed the best in El Clasico fixtures?
Well, both players actually have an almost identical goals-per-game ratio over the years. According to Goal.com, Ronaldo currently stands at 0.64% whilst Messi is just ahead at 0.65%.
The Barcelona star's 21 goals also make him the most prolific scoring in the historic fixture's history. However, he hasn't found the back of the net in his last five appearances against Madrid.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, could become Real Madrid's all-time record scorer against Barcelona if he bags a hattrick on Saturday. He is currently two goals behind Alfredo Di Stefano.
There is one area where Messi is well ahead of his rival, though. The Argentinian has 13 El Clasico assists compared to Ronaldo's one.
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