One is a little magician from Argentina who plies his trade with Barcelona and is their heart beat. Other is a habitual scorer from Portugal who plays for their regional rivals from Real Madrid and never tires from scoring in heaps. Together, Messi and Ronaldo have set the stage alight in Europe. So, it is no wonder that they are fighting to be the top goal scorers in European Champions League.
Both the Spanish giants are top draws for this season in Champions League and are hot favorites to go all the way. They owe it largely to their talismans. In 7 matches so far this season, Messi has already scored 8 goals apart from 2 assists. Ronaldo isn’t too far behind having netted 6 times and assisted twice.
Messi’s eight goals include a hat-trick against minnows APOEL Nicosia, away from home. Interestingly though, he hasn’t scored against Manchester City in the Round of 16 away fixture. Ronaldo on the other hand, has scored 6 goals and hasn’t scored more than a goal in any of the matches thus far. Another interesting fact is that he went goalless in only one match. His strike in the first leg of the round of 16 against Schalke 04 has put Madrid in a comfortable position.
Barcelona faces a tricky situation against Manchester City for their progression to next round. It should have been much better had it not been for the last gasp penalty miss by Messi. Though City do not look like toppling Barcelona’s chances, Messi may have to carry his recent goal scoring prowess from La Liga to Europe. Real Madrid has a cushioning lead to their home leg and should have it easy against Schalke. But, goals from the talismanic Portugal forward are vital for Madrid as they defend their title. In this front, Ronaldo may have to buck the trend considering that he’s going through a lean patch of goals.
The two world class players have always fought square and fair for honors. The chance to top the goal scoring charts in Europe this year is equally intense between Messi and Ronaldo. The Argentine, though, has a slight edge considering his form and the season he is having. The odds market indicates the same as Messi is the favorite. Still Bet365 offers reasonable 2,10 on “el Pulgo”. But, one factor to be taken care of is the progress of Barcelona.
If you are ready to place an aggressive bet at this stage, you can take Ronaldo topping the charts which is offered at 3,25 by William Hill. With Real Madrid in a better position to put it across Schalke, Ronaldo is bound to get more opportunities. However we may not forget Luiz Adriano for Shaktar Donezk. The brazilian striker currently leads the ranking with 9 goals and in case Barca and Real exit the competition surprisingly early and Shaktar manage a true sensation against Bayern Munich, he could end up as the top scorer as well. Bet365 offers 6,0 for this scenario.
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