Spanish Super Cup 2012: Why Barca Will Best Madrid in First Matchup of Season
Barcelona took home the Cup last year after beating Real Madrid in the two-game format, but it's a new year and anything can happen.
Well, anything can happen, but expect the same results as last year. Barcelona will be the one celebrating a victory in the first matchup of the season and let's take a look as to why.
Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo
As arguably the two best players in the world right now, Messi and Ronaldo will look to one-up the other as each seeks the title of football's greatest player. Luckily for fans, we get to sit back and enjoy the show.
Messi is coming off of an absolutely ridiculous season. He started last year off with a bang by scoring three goals and getting two assists in the Spanish Super Cup. He then went on to break the single season Spanish scoring record by tallying 73 goals throughout the season.
It took him 57 games.
Ronaldo must have been focusing more on being a global icon, because the man only put in 60 goals last year. Wow, you have to give us more.
All jokes aside, Ronaldo had an amazing season and deserves the majority of the credit for leading Real Madrid to last season's Spanish La Liga title. The problem is that Ronaldo just doesn't play as well against Messi.
In the six matches where the two players played each other, Messi had three goals and three assists whereas Ronaldo had four goals and zero assists. Ronaldo only had one of those goals in the Spanish Super Cup and it took him the majority of last year to figure out how to score against Barcelona.
Messi scored less against Ronaldo, but he put all three of his goals against him in at the Spanish Super Cup. Assists are always undervalued and the fact is that Messi is the definition of a playmaker. Ronaldo is simply a scorer.
Scoring is great, but what happens when it's not your turn to put the ball in the back of the net? Messi knows the answer to that question and will show the world come game time.
Barcelona Loves the Super Spanish Cup
Barcelona has won the last three Super Spanish Cups and although they finished second in La Liga play last season, that doesn't have any effect on how they'll do in this one.
The only time Real Madrid was able to get a victory over Barcelona was in the last game of the season and until that point, they were stuck with two draws and three losses.
It's the first of many duels between the two Spanish superpowers so it's sure to be heated. There will be a strong physical nature to the game and scoring should be high because of how offensively skilled both teams are.
That being said, Barcelona tends to have the upper hand come this time of year.
Who takes home the victory in the first matchup of the year?
Barcelona Wins this One: 3-2
A 5-1 victory over Real Sociedad has Barcelona looking like they're in top form.
It's going to take a team effort to try and keep the ball away from Ronaldo and when he does touch it, Barcelona needs to get bodies in front of the ball.
As for Messi? When Real Madrid stops him from shooting, he'll deliver a perfect pass. When they cut off his teammates, his one-on-one play will either force players to help or it will provide him with scoring opportunities. Something he almost always takes advantage of.
Barcelona wins this one behind a Messi goal and assist, but there is some good news for Real Madrid fans. They'll get an opportunity for revenge very soon.
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