Ronaldo v Messi: Who Will Win the Battle for the Pichichi?
LONDON, May 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
With Real Madrid securing their first Primera Division title amid joyous scenes in the Basque Country, the focus now turns to the individual battle between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to finish top scorer, with the Argentine the odds-on favourite to wrest the trophy back from his rival with two games to go.
Real Madrid wrapped up their first La Liga title in four years on Wednesday evening with a 3-0 win at Athletic Bilbao and as their shirt sponsors, bwin extends its heartiest congratulations to Jose Mourinho's men for their stunning achievement.
But while Los Blancos fans celebrate a richly deserved success, you can bet that the thoughts of star man Cristiano Ronaldo will be quickly turning to overhauling Barcelona's Lionel Messi to finish as the division's top scorer.
Regardless of where you stand on the eternal Ronaldo v Messi debate, watching the two greatest players on the planet battling for goalscoring supremacy in recent seasons has been a rare privilege.
And with Messi currently leading the race for the 'Pichichi' with a jaw-dropping 48 goals to Ronaldo's 46, the Portuguese star's ego will be hurting, even though he probably wouldn't admit it at such a joyous moment in his Real career.
With just two games remaining, bwin make Ronaldo the 3/2 outsider to win Spain's version of the golden boot for the second time in a row, having set what was then a record with 41 goals last term.
And judging by his shoot-on-sight policy at San Mames - he scored a header but also missed his second penalty in a row - the former Manchester United man still reckons he can surpass Messi's final total.
Real complete their league campaign with a trip to Granada and a home game against Mallorca, so Ronaldo has a decent chance of making hay (you can even win VIP tickets to the latter fixture courtesy of bwin in this competition).
Messi, whose hat-trick in Barca's 4-1 win over Malaga saw him beat Gerd Muller's all-time record for goals in one season in Europe - he has now fired a staggering 68 in all competitions - is the 1/2 favourite with bwin to hold off Ronaldo's challenge.
With a Catalan derby against Espanyol at Camp Nou and a visit to Real Betis to come on the final day, the little Argentine genius will no doubt have plenty of backing in this market.
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