Messi and Ronaldo Watch: A 7-Goal Week for Messi, Ronaldo Keeps Madrid on Top

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIMarch 12, 2012

Messi and Ronaldo Watch: A 7-Goal Week for Messi, Ronaldo Keeps Madrid on Top

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    Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo continue to perform at the highest level week-in and week-out.

    Last week provided us with another chance to see these two players put out some important performances their clubs.

    Messi and Barcelona welcomed Bayer Leverkusen to the Nou Camp in a Champions League Round of 16 tie and traveled to Racing Santander over the weekend.

    Ronaldo only had one game, but it was a very important and difficult away game against Real Betis.

    Click through the slides for all the details.

Five Star Messi Achieves Champions League Record

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    It was a magical performance from Barcelona's little Argentinean wizard, as Lionel Messi scored five goals in Barcelona's 7-1 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen.

    Messi's performance takes his European tally to 12 goals in seven games on the season and ranks among the greatest performances in the Champions League era, as shown here.

    Among that list of achievements, Messi became the first person player to score five goals in the Champions League era.

Ronaldo Leads the Way for Real Madrid

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    Cristiano Ronaldo had two very poacher-like finishes, including the game winner, to lead Real Madrid to an eventual 3-2 win over Real Betis.

    Madrid had to come from behind after giving up a goal early in the game and had to battle it out to ensure three points.

    Ronaldo's performance was extremely important as they helped put pressure on Barcelona in their bid to keep up with the league leaders.

    Ronaldo's two goals carried him to 32 league goals on the season and keeps hims ahead of Lionel Messi in the "Pichichi" race.

Messi Caps of Great Week

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    A penalty and a sliding finish brought Lionel Messi's weekly total of goals to seven, as he helped keep Barcelona within 10 points of Real Madrid.

    The 2-0 win of Racing Santander improved Barcelona's away record as well, and brought Messi's league total to 30 goals.

What's Coming This Week

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    After last week's performances, Lionel Messi is still two goals short of Cristiano Ronaldo's haul of 32 league goals, but he is winning the overall goal-scoring battle with 50 goals to Ronaldo's 40.

    Cristiano Ronaldo gets a chance to make his mark in Europe as Real Madrid welcomes CSKA Moscow to try and finish off what is a close tie at the moment.

    They will then host Malaga at home in a bid to move one step closer to regaining the La Liga crown. Real Madrid dominated Malaga last time around with a  4-0 victory.

    Barcelona and Messi continue to play away in the league and meet a dangerous opponent in Sevilla. The last time those teams met, Messi missed a penalty and Barcelona were held at home.