Messi and Ronaldo Watch: Ronaldo Bags Brace Against CSKA, Messi Scores Golazo

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterMarch 19, 2012

Messi and Ronaldo Watch: Ronaldo Bags Brace Against CSKA, Messi Scores Golazo

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    For Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the 2011-12 season is starting to look like a race to 100 goals.

    It seems that way, at least. Ronaldo scored twice more this week as Real Madrid dumped CSKA Moscow out of the Champions League. Lionel Messi added another golazo as Barcelona saw off Sevilla in La Liga.

    But you want more information than that, and that's why we're here. Read on for full updates in the Messi and Ronaldo Watch.

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Real Slip Up

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    Real Madrid finally dropped points Sunday, drawing 1-1 at home to fifth-placed MΓ‘laga. The draw ended Real's run of 11 straight league wins.

    After the draw, Real's lead atop La Liga was eight points.

    Karim Benzema scored Los Merengues' only goal, but Ronaldo had a good chance in the first half.

    Fast forward to the 0:40 mark of the video to see Ronaldo's chance.

Ronaldo Bags a Brace Against CSKA Moscow

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    It wasn't all disappointment for Real last week. Jose Mourinho's team crushed CSKA Moscow 4-1 in the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie.

    Ronaldo scored twice in the second half. His first made it 2-0 in the 55th minute, and his second completed the scoring in the 90th.

    Ronaldo's first goal, a long-distance strike, starts around the 2:57 mark in the video at left. His second, a tap-in comes around the 6:04 mark.


More Messi Magic Against Sevilla

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    Messi and Barcelona played just once last week, beating Sevilla 2-0 away on Saturday.

    Xavi scored the opener in the 18th minute, and Messi doubled Barca's lead with an outstanding nut-meg and lobbed finish.

    When he plays like that, it's just unfair to opposing defenders and goalkeepers.

    Messi's full individual highlights from the match appear in the video at left. Turn down your speakers first.

Up Next

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    With his two goals against CSKA Moscow, Cristiano Ronaldo now has 42 goals in 40 appearances this season in all competitions.

    Messi's goal against Sevilla gave him 51 goals in 44 appearances this season in all competitions.

    Up next, Messi and Barcelona host Granada on Tuesday and travel to Mallorca on Saturday. Real and Ronaldo visit Villarreal on Wednesday and host Real Sociedad on Saturday.

    All four matches are in La Liga. Here's the full table.


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