|Ronaldo vs Messi|
Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in Barcelona’s 6-1 demolition of Rayo Vallecano to take his tally on the season to 30 – equalling Cristiano Ronaldo’s La Liga leading total for the campaign.
Lionel Messi has scored his 30 goals in 26 appearances, playing three more games than Ronaldo (and 243 additional minutes played); however Ronaldo has boosted his tally with nine penalty goals to Messi’s three. Ronaldo’s recent slump on the field combined with his suspension has allowed Messi to close the gap, scoring 15 goals in his last nine games – including three hat-tricks.
|Messi vs Ronaldo - La Liga Goals Scored 2014/15|
The result of Ronaldo’s goals from the spot is that his La Liga leading 1.32 goals per 90 average drops to 0.92 when adjusted for non-penalty goal situations, ranking third in the division. Messi is now the only player with at least six goals to have an average greater than 1.0 non-penalty goals per 90 as teammate Neymar separates the two players.
The below table contains every player with at least six goals in La Liga so far this season, with match winning goals included. Cristiano Ronaldo continues to lead the Primera Division with seven match winners (23.3% of goals have won games for his club) as Mario Mandzukic ranks second in the division on six.
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