Messi, Ronaldo set to renew scoring duel
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - It will be tough for Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to take their unprecedented scoring duel to even greater heights after last season's record-breaking performances.
But that doesn't mean they won't try.
In the Spanish league alone, Messi scored a record 50 times last season, while Ronaldo almost kept pace with 46 goals, six more than the previous league record that the Portuguese forward established the year before.
Messi says "I begin each season with the objective of surpassing what I have done before. I don't try to score more goals, I try to improve as a player." The Spanish league begins for both teams on Aug 19 with Real Madrid hosting Valencia and Barcelona hosting Real Sociedad.