Barcelona star Lionel Messi and former Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo been ruled out of next week’s El Clasico For the first time in eleven years, none of the two superstars will be featuring.
For the past nine years the match has been dominated by the battle between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the pair have been by far and away the best pair in football and playing on opposite sides of the rivalry.
In the summer Cristiano Ronaldo finally ended that chapter in the ‘rivalry’ between the two players when he moved from Real to Juventus, leaving Messi in Spain on his own.
Ronaldo is adapting to new life in Juventus why Messi on Sunday picked up an arm injury in Barca’s La Liga clash against Sevilla ,There will be an unfamiliar feel to the much-battle without Messi and Ronaldo.
The injury means that the Catalan giants will be without their best player in a week where they face Inter in the Champions League before their Spanish rivals in the Clasico.
It also means that the match will be played without him and Ronaldo for the first time since December 2007, when Messi was injured for that game too, with Julio Baptista’s goal the difference in a 1-0 win for Real.
Tests carried out on the Messi have confirmed that he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm. He will be out for approximately three weeks.”
Messi will also be absent for the Champions League clash at home to Inter Milan on Wednesday.
Zinedine Zidane left but after joining in a cloud, following his sacking from the Spain national team, the former Porto manager has only won four of his first nine La Liga games, losing to Levante at home on Saturday.