Messi v Ronaldo: Who delivered the knockout blow this time? weighs up the Liga Clasico duel between the two superstars following Saturday's title-deciding encounter. Who came out on top at Camp Nou? presents a boxing-style head-to-head battle between two of the Clasico's key players: Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

Saturday evening's showdown at Camp Nou in La Liga, which ended 2-1 to Los Blancos and allowed Jose Mourinho's side to move seven points clear of the Catalans at the top of the Primera Division table, saw Messi and Ronaldo face off for the sixth time this season. Who came out on top in the personal duel?

Here's a reminder of how the two players are scored:
  • If there is little to separate the two players in a round they will be scored 10-10. A narrow win in a round, where there are no goals in the match involving the pair, will produce a 10-9. If Messi scores a goal in a round, and Ronaldo doesn’t, the Argentine will win that round 10-8. If Messi scores twice, and Ronaldo doesn’t, he will win 10-7.
  • The same system is used for assists and for winning a penalty. So if in a round, Ronaldo creates a goal and wins a penalty (without taking the penalty), while Messi does nothing of note, then Ronaldo wins that round 10-7.
  • A yellow card results in a one-point deduction. A dive in the penalty area or just outside that is penalised by the referee will lose a player a point too.
  • At least one of the two players will always be awarded a 10 for a round unless both get booked in the same round, which will result in a 9-9. Should one of the two players be sent off, then it will result in a Knockout victory for the other player providing he is not also red carded later in the match.

Please recognise that these values are different to's Player Ratings, and designed to reflect the one-on-one, combat-style judging of a boxing bout. 

Let's go! 



Jinks past two defenders and attempts to chip a through-ball to Iniesta, but cut out by Pepe.
11': Dinks another through pass to Iniesta, who back-heels in mid-air on the edge of the box but the ball sails out of play.
14': Dribbles past three players on the left channel into the box but eventually loses the ball.
20': Attempted through pass on the edge of the box intercepted by Alonso.



10 4': ATTEMPT ON TARGET: Header from an Ozil corner is tipped over the bar by Valdes.
6': Tries to release Di Maria with a through-ball on the halfway line but is intercepted by Adriano.
15': Dribbles past Busquets down the left wing and wins a free kick.

Attempted through-ball on the edge of the box cut out by Alonso.
22': Loses the ball after back-heel to Xavi is cleared by Alonso
26': Beats Alonso and plays a clean through pass to Xavi, who drags his shot wide in one-on-one with Casillas.
28': Sends another through-ball from halfway line to Tello, who cuts into the box from the left before being dispossessed.

10 16-30
SHOT OFF TARGET - Latches onto Benzema's cut-back from the left but pulls his shot across goal wide from a tight angle.
30': SHOT OFF TARGET - Runs onto a clearance and outpaces Puyol and cuts inside the defender but unleashes a 25-yard drive wide.

41': OFFSIDE - Connects with Dani Alves' low cross for an attempt on target saved by Casillas, but linesman flags for offside.

10 31-45
Dribbles past Puyol from his own half and charges forward 30 yards down the left wing before eventually dispossessed by Busquets.
45': Fights his way past three Barca players on the left channel before getting into a tangle and fouling Puyol.

29 Half

: Darts 20 yards forward past two Madrid players before being tackled by Alonso and winning a free kick. Alonso is booked.
58': SHOT - Drills a left-footed attempt from 20 yards out which is blocked by Pepe.
60': Turns Alonso and wins a free kick off the Spaniard.


OFFSIDE - Strays offside as he tries to head on Ozil's chipped through-ball.
52': OFFSIDE - Runs onto Benzema's through pass and darts towards goal but referee whistles for offside.

Attempts a one-two on the edge of the area with Xavi but intervened by Sergio Ramos, who is fouled by Messi.
70': Initiates build-up to Alexis' goal when he skips his way past two players through the middle.

8 61-75
: GOAL - Ghosts in behind Mascherano to latch onto Ozil's through pass from the right and fires his shot past Valdes into the net.

 78': Wins a free kick 30 yards out after a mazy run and dinks the ball into the box but his delivery headed clear.
89': ATTEMPT OFF TARGET: Sends a header wide from Pedro's cross.

10 76-90
76': Attempts an acrobatic bicycle kick in front of goal from Ozil's corner but is whistled for dangerous play on Dani Alves.
85': Gallops past Mascherano down the left but is brought down by the Argentine, who is booked.
90+2': Smashes in a free kick from 30 yards which sails into the stands.
90+3: SHOT OFF TARGET: Skies a shot over the bar from three yards out following a low cross from Higuain.