Photo: Ronaldo and Messi Each Reach La Liga Record with 41 Goals
In separate games Saturday rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi scored goals that made each of them the new record holders for most goals in a Spanish league season.
Ronaldo was up first as Real Madrid faced off against Sporting Gijon. By the end of the match, Ronaldo had scored his 53rd goal of the season, and his record-setting 41st goal in Spain’s La Liga. Madrid beat Gijon 3-1.
Less than two hours later however, Argentine striker Lionel Messi and Barcelona took on Levante UD. Messi scored both Barça goals giving his club a 2-1 victory over Levante. With the second goal of the game, Messi tied Ronaldo with 41 goals in a single La Liga España season.
Messi’s 63 goals in all competitions are the most in European play since Bayern Munich’s Gerd Mueller scored 67 during the 1972-73 season.
When Madrid and Barça face off at Camp Nou for the second “Clasico” next weekend, Madrid will have a four-point advantage over Barça.