La Liga: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid
Tonight El Classico kicks off in Spain as Real Madrid plays host to current champions FC Barcelona.
According to reports, ticket-sellers have increased their prices throughout the week and thousands of tickets have also been sold at high prices through the internet.
Los Merengues lost their corresponding fixture 1-0 at the Camp Nou, but since then, they have improved drastically. With eight games left in the La Liga season, the two arch-rivals are locked on 77 points at the top with Real ahead by just one goal.
The confrontation between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is highly anticipated, as they have been key to their team’s victories in recent matches and are in the race to win the Ballon D’Or award again this year.
After Messi scored four goals in a midweek Champions League action against Arsenal, Barca supporters cannot wait for the Argentine striker to be unleashed on their hated rivals.
During that game the Gunners took an early lead through Nicklas Bendtner in the first half but a brisk Messi hat-trick featuring some marvelous finishing from the brilliant 22-year-old had the game wrapped up at half-time.
Meanwhile Madrid’s Kaka and Barcelona’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic have been ruled out of tonight’s encounter between the two Spanish giants. The Brazilian midfielder is still hampered by a groin injury while Ibrahimovic has failed to recover from a calf problem.
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