Nou Camp Special: Messi vs Falcao

Mustapha "El Loco" Kamaruddin is excited about this weekend’s clash between La Liga’s top two goalscorers and concedes that this could be the final time they do battle in Spain


What a battle it is going to be.

This is when leaders and still unbeaten Barcelona entertain second-placed Atletico Madrid in a Primera Liga match at Nou Camp on Monday morning (4am Malaysian time).

This clash will see the current top two scorers in Primera Liga: Barca's Lionel Messi and Atletico's Radamel  Falcao playing against other.

Messi is on top of the scoring chart with a remarkable 23 goals from 15 matches, while Falcao has 16.

In third place is Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 13.

Then to make it even more interesting is that Messi has just broken Germany legend Gerd Muller's record of 85 goals in one calender year.

As it is now, the Argentine little magician, or La Pulga, has 86 goals.

He is out for more.

Colombia international Falcao, on the other hand, has just struck five goals in Atletico's 6-0 bashing of a poor Deportivo La Coruna side last week.

Both men are in a mean, mean mood for the clash at Nou Camp. It is going to be a special match, indeed.

It won't be a surprise if both superstars end up scoring and thrill fans all over the world, even to those who are not Barca or Atletico supporters.

Barca, on top of the standings with 43 points, surely want to build up this nine-point gap over Atletico who have 37 points.

Messi, as usual, will torment the Atletico defence. There is no doubt about this at all, with the kind of amazing form he is in this season.

Atletico, meanwhile, have this chance of narrowing the gap to just three points with a win. And the good news for their supporters is that Falcao has vowed to try to make this happen.

Barca are expected to prevail in the end, though. But let's wait and see what happens.

In another development, it seems Atlético will not give in easily to losing Falcao.

According to 'El Mundo'', they will do all that is in their hands to make sure he is still playing for the club next season.

Atletico's main objective is to finish the season in the top three, and thus qualify directly for the Champions League.

This will guarantee them the vital revenue that the Europe's elite competition provides.

If this happens, Atlético are set to offer Falcao a net salary of €7 million (around €15 million before taxes), which represents an unheard of figure when the likes of Fernando Torres and Sergio 'Kun' Agüero were at Vicente Calderon.

With this outrageous kind of offer, along with the club's continuing development, Atlético hope to convince 'El Tigre' to stay.

However, Falcao will be the one who makes the final decision along with his agent Jorge Mendes.

This means even a top-three finish might not be enough to guarantee that he stays at Atletico.

And 'El Mundo' reported that if Falcao does decide to leave, the most likely destination will be the Premier League rather than a move to bitter city rivals Real.

It is going to be a big blow for Atletico, their supporters and Primera Liga fans on the whole if Falcao leaves.

It is always great to see the way he parades his goal-scoring prowess to make matches exciting.

He is a born entertainer just like the 25-year Messi, who has been gracing the Primera Liga since he was 16.