Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal during their Spanish first division soccer match against Real Sociedad at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid January 6, 2013. (Photo : REUTERS/Juan Medina (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) )
It has been a few weeks since Latinos Post has published an article in this series. The reason for the absence has been the injury to Lionel Messi that has made it hard to draw comparisons between the two players. However, in week 34 Messi returned to form with a vengeance.
Messi: Despite his injury against Paris Saint-Germain, Messi played poorly against Bayern Munich before pulling off a one goal, one assist performance against Athletic Bilbao. He was subsequently benched in the second leg against Bayern Munich but came back for a two goal effort against Real Betis on Sunday. He now has 46 goals on the year and is on pace to match, if not top, his 50 Spanish league goals from last season.
Ronaldo: The Portuguese superstar will not top his 45 goal output from last season, but Ronaldo has continued to produce in 2013. He scored one goal against Borussia Dortmund and added a pair against Athletic Madrid. In his latest game, Ronaldo scored another two tallies against Real Valladolid.
Stats through Week 34 of the 2012-13 season
Messi: 46 goals, 12 assists (8 goals, 2 assists in UCL; 2 goals in Spanish Super Cup; 4 goals in the Copa Del Rey)
Ronaldo: 33 goals, 8 assists (12 goals in UCL, 1 assist; 2 goals in Spanish Super Cup; 6 goals in the Copa Del Rey)
Goals in 2013
Edge: Ronaldo scored five goals over the course of the two weeks while Messi had three. However, Messi missed the better part of two weeks, while Ronaldo only remained injured for one game. Ronaldo wins the point here.
Competition Tied 16-16 for the 2012-13 season.
Ronaldo has a 9-5 edge in 2013.
During week 5, both players earned a point for equally strong weeks. During week 10, neither earned a point for forgettable weeks. During Weeks 31-33, there were no points given due to Messi's injury.