Messi & Ronaldo: THE 50-GOAL seasons

The numbers speak for themselves. Cristiano Ronaldo take his tally for 2012-13 to 51 goals, emulating a feat already achieved by Lionel Messi in the current campaign. The pair are the only two players to have reached a half century of strikes in a Spanish season - and they have now managed it for the last three terms.

Messi already has 58 goals in 2012-13 (from just 47 games for Barcelona) and Ronaldo reached his latest landmark too,  he has 51 goals in 2012-13 (in 49 games).

Messi and Ronaldo ended the 2011-12 season tied on 53 goals apiece (Leo in 55 games; Cristiano in 54). The Argentine then smashed Gerd Muller's record of 67 in a single season as he struck 73 last season (in just 60 matches), while the Portuguese also improved his tally from the previous campaign to end 2011-12 with 60 strikes (from 55 games).

In the current campaign, Messi now has 58, with seven fixtures remaining in La Liga, plus at least two games left in the Champions League. And like Barca, Madrid are also in the last four of the Champions League, meaning Ronaldo has up to 10 games left in those two competitions, plus the final of the Copa del Rey next month.

Messi is already, at 25, the highest scorer in the history of Barcelona, having surpassed Cesar Rodriguez last year. The Argentine now has 310 strikes in just 375 games for the Catalan club and, at this rate, he will comfortably reach 500 for the Blaugrana over the next few seasons.

Cristiano, at 28, now needs just four more goals to reach 200 for Real Madrid and is shooting up the list of the club's all-time top scorers. 

Messi has already said repeatedly that he is set to stay at Barcelona for many more years and Madrid fans will hope Ronaldo remains at their club, too. La Liga is home not only to perhaps the world's two biggest clubs, but also the game's greatest goalscorers in the modern era as well.

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