Madrid – Regardless of who wins the Spanish league title, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will be battling it out to the end.
Real Madrid don’t have much chance of keeping Barcelona from winning the league, but Ronaldo is making a strong run to snag the scoring title from Messi with nine matches remaining.
Ronaldo added another four goals in Madrid’s 6-3 win over Girona on Sunday, giving him 22 for the season. That is only three fewer than Messi, who scored his 25th in Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.
“Hopefully he can catch him,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said of Ronaldo.
It’s important for him and for us, too. When he’s playing well, the team plays well. He transmits an important and positive energy to the group. He’s always in very good form come the end of the season. He’s got an eye for goal and he’ll never lose that.”
Ronaldo has scored at least one goal in his last eight matches in all competitions. He has 21 goals in his last 11 games.
“He’s unbelievably ambitious and that comes across in every training session and in everything he does on the field,” Zidane said.
“If he has a penalty in training, he will take it with the maximum concentration. It’s what makes him different from the rest.”