Hot Contest in 2015 – Messi vs Ronaldo

Messi vs Ronaldo in 2015 - Numbers Contest

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have had two very different starts to 2015, but which one is currently leading? (Buy Fifa 15 Coins Service on UTfifa15coins.)

The Portuguese star has had a disappointing start to the New Year, unlike his Barcelona rival, who seems to be close to regaining his best form.

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Ronaldo started the season scoring 23 goals in 17 games between August and November, but has failed to reproduce that same form since – scoring only an additional 13 in the last two months combined.

Messi on the other hand has been fantastic recently, but did have a slow start to the season. His spat with Luis Enrique cast doubts over his Camp Nou future, but that all seems to be behind him now.

So far, Messi has scored 23 goals in La Liga, 33 in all competitions, while Ronaldo has 28 goals in the league and 36 in all competitions.

Messi has made 22 league appearances this year, which is three more than Cristiano’s tally of 19.

Since the start of 2015, the Argentine has scored 11 goals for his club, while the Portuguese has only managed to score four.

When we look at the assists column, Ronaldo has only one to his name since New Year, but Messi has seven – and that’s just less than half of his overall tally.

However, the Argentine has played in nine of Barcelona’s 10 matches, while his counterpart has only played 559 minutes in seven games for Real Madrid.

If we take these stats into account, we can clearly see that Lionel Messi is currently the better form player between the two, and it will be interesting to see how Ronaldo will respond to his latest dip.

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Who do you think has been the better of the two? Have your say in the comments section below.

Barcelona president don’t want to trade Lionel Messi

1New Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted that Lionel Messi is not for sale and will negotiate a new deal with the club.

Messi’s future has been the subject of intense speculation this week, with rumours suggesting that Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain are considering a bid for the Argentina attacker, whose contract at the Camp Nou expires in June 2018.

“We have no intention of selling Leo. I can guarantee Messi’ s continuity for this season and for the coming seasons,” he said, while praising Luis Enrique.

“He is doing a good job and I am very happy, the team is improving all of the time,” Bartomeu, who will stand for re-election as club president in the summer, said.

Barcelona have the current handicap of being unable to buy players this month or in the summer as the result of a FIFA ban imposed over irregularities regarding the signing of players for the club’s youth system.

“There are people responsible for that who are no longer at the club,” said Bartomeu, who believes the rules over signing youngsters from foreign countries should be changed.

“It is not possible that we can’ t bring in players because their parents cannot travel with them,” he said.

Lionel Messi is breaking the Elche’s records

1FC Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi, has broken another all-time record originally set by Spanish legend, Telmo Zarra. The two goals he put past against Elche made it his 77th brace scored.

That breaks the record of 76 held by Zarra, who played most of his career with Athletic Club in the 1940s and 50s. Cristiano Ronaldo is way behind on 57.

Messi’s goal scoring exploits have been remarkable, with 20 or more goals a season for the last seven consecutive years. This season he has already scored 31 goals in 28 games.