Two goal-scoring machines, Leo Messi and Radamel Falcao face each other on Sunday evening(21.00), when second place Atletico Madrid visit the Camp Nou. The two lead the goalscoring table in La Liga with 23 and 16 after just 15 games – figures that reveal how important their goals have been for their two teams this campaign.
Messi usually plays as a false number nine, a position which allows him to drift deep and help in the build up, opening up the flanks as well as get himself into the box, whilst Falcao is a more traditional leader of the line, with a good shot from both feet. The Colombian has also scored some spectacular long range efforts and has truly blossomed into a super striker in his second season at the Vicente Calderón.
Both on fire
Messi has won the Ballon D’Or on three occasions, the Golden Boot twice and has also been the leading scorer in La Liga twice, as well as topping the scoring in the Champions League for four seasons. Falcao was the leading scorer in the Europa League for the last two seasons – first with Porto and last year with Atletico.
Both players are on fire right now – Messi has scored 15 goals in his last 9 games, scoring two goals in seven of those matches, whilst Falcao comes into the game on the back of five goals in Atletico’s 6-0 win against Deportivo last weekend.
Here are the stats for Messi and Falcao for the 2012/13 season:
|Goals at home||8||13|
|Shots against the woodwork||2||0|
|Yellow cards provoked||8||8|