The greatest duel for goals in ElClasico: Karim Benzema and Lionel Messi

With 18 and 23 goals respectively, Benzema and Messi will be vying to see who’ll be crowned top dog in this critical showdown 

It’s time for one of the most eagerly anticipated moments of the season, the match to end all matches, the event that the whole world stops to watch. It’s not just a game between two historic rivals, but also between two teams replete with individual talent and great goalscoring prowess. 

If we had to single out two players whose skills and knack of converting chances have stood out in this campaign, these would be Leo Messi and Karim Benzema. 

FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi isn’t just leading the scoring charts for his club, he’s also top of the table in the league, notching up 23 goals in LaLiga Santander in 2,303 minutes. The Rosario-born legend’s position in the team is undisputed, having featured in 27 games so far and started all but two of them. 

As for Real Madrid, they boast Karim Benzema, who is Los Blancos’ leading marksman and who sits in fourth place in the race for the Pichichi accolade, with 18 strikes to his name. He has played a total of 2,203 minutes and has become an essential part of Zinedine Zidane’s masterplan, starting all 25 games he has featured in this campaign. 

These are two exceptional individuals who leave their mark every time they take to the field, who relentlessly find the back of the net and who are simply undroppable for their clubs. 

Yet what they offer as footballers differs substantially from one another, with the Frenchman and Argentine possessing contrasting skill sets, dribbling techniques and shooting abilities. Let’s analyse these two footballing kings in greater depth. 

Firstly looking at Messi, we can see that, in terms of combining with his teammates and building up play, that the Blaugrana hitman averages 71.6 passes per game with an accuracy of 82%. In addition to scoring 34% of his team’s goals, he has provided eight assists this season, which sees him tied in second place with Celta de Vigo’s Iago Aspas and Atletico de Madrid’s Marcos Llorente in the league rankings. 

If we take into account finishing off moves, the Argentine forward averages 5.7 shots for every 94 minutes of football played, of which 3 are on target. As for his 23 strikes in 2020-21, 17 have come from open play while six have come from set pieces, with Messi achieving a conversion rate of 17%. Although most of these shots are taken from outside of the box, he’s not adverse to striking closer to the goal, with almost 24% of his attempts coming from inside the area. 

While Karim Benzema makes a comparatively small number of passes per game – an average of 38 – the Frenchman’s success rate of these contributions is a high 83%. He has set up six goals so far this campaign, which places him alongside Real Betis’s Sergio Canales and Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal as the sixth-highest assist provider in LaLiga Santander. 

Despite being a highly mobile player who is constantly seeking out space between the opposition’s defence and midfield, 40.9% of his shots have come from within the 18-yard box. While Benzema will sometimes try his luck from further out, he usually saves his efforts for closer to the goal. 18.3% of the 33-year-old’s shots have found the net and of his 18 goals scored this season, 16 have come from open play and only two from set pieces. 

As for defensive duties, Benzema and Messi have remarkably similar statistics when it comes to winning back the ball, with the latter having regained possession for his side 53 times, only once more than the Frenchman. 

Everybody is set to enjoy a wonderful clash of goalscoring experts; two stars who will rampage across the pitch and undoubtedly give the opposition goalkeepers a very hard time in what promises to be an unmissable encounter. These two individuals are at one with the art of goalscoring and having already achieved a place in football’s history books they are still smashing records with no signs of letting up.  

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El Clásico takes over the world including Malaysia!

Banjaran Hotsprings, Ipoh, Malaysia

The most-watched club football match in the world returns to screens this Saturday at 9pm (CET) and features Real Madrid and FC Barcelona locking horns at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium for the first time

LaLiga has lined up an unprecedented digital and broadcasting experience for this global event.

Malaysia, 08 April 2021. ElClásico, the most-watched club football match on the planet, is back. This Saturday, 10 April at 9pm (CET), Real Madrid will host FC Barcelona in a pivotal battle in the 2020/21 LaLiga Santander title race, this time at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium for the first time in history. Just three points separate Atlético de Madrid and their ElClásico rivals at the top end of the table and, with just nine games left to play, this Saturday’s match promises to have a crucial impact on both teams’ chances of making a bid for the top spot.

ElClásico is one of the longest-running and heated rivalries in world football and LaLiga’s activations highlight the passion and intensity of the game. As such, in the days leading up to the match, LaLiga is organising a plethora of international actions to show that ElClásico takes over the world.

Banjaran Hotsprings, Ipoh, Malaysia

LaLiga has quite literally taken the lounges where fans of ElClásico will watch the match and installed them on Mount Bromo, in the east of the island of Java, Indonesia; in a Boma of a Maasai tribe in Kenya; in the historic city of One Thousand and One Nights, Samarkand, in Uzbekistan; and set up a final lounge at the foot of the spectacular lake Eibsee in Germany.

Furthermore, to symbolise LaLiga’s global reach, it has installed 17 ElClásico flags in the most unpredictable places in order to surprise football-lovers in countries such as Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Angola, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Indonesia, Brazil, Bolivia, Turkey, Malaysia, Ecuador, Japan, Thailand, Denmark, the United States and Canada.

Banjaran Hotsprings, Ipoh, Malaysia

The “ElClásico Flag” has been installed also at Banjaran Hotsprings in Ipoh on the 2nd April.

LaLiga’s Global Campaign
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LaLiga Brings Top Spanish Matches to Malaysia

April 7th, 2021 – LaLiga, the Spanish football league, returns to Malaysia to charm and attract Malaysians on the iconic culture, history, and tradition of spanish sports. On April 7, 2021, LaLiga hosted a vibrant media event at Marta’s Kitchen, Hartamas to present its most exciting LaLiga derbies. On top of that, LaLiga wants to prepare the nation to get ready for the most watched game in the world, Barcelona vs Real Madrid. In Malaysia, nothing unites the country’s love and excitement like the passion for sports.

The aim of the event was to raise awareness for each of the Derbies being played in LaLiga this season which are the Valencia Derby, the Basque Country Derby, the Madrid Derby and finally the Seville Derby. LaLiga explained in further details the proud history of the competition and world-class teams which brings talent and heart to every defining encounter.

Speaking at the event, LaLiga’s representative in Malaysia, Giorgio Pompili Rossi said “Bringing LaLiga closer to our fans and the media in Malaysia is our priority. At LaLiga we’re exporting the league and the whole country with the culture and the tradition all over the world. Malaysia has many diversities where both football and cuisine are relevant to the nation. Through this event, we hope we are able to provide our guest with one of a kind experience”.

Guests got a chance to witness performances by Dr Sergio Camacho, the Director of Performing Arts of the University of Nottingham Malaysia, with his ensemble “Chino~Latino”, a Spanish mix Malaysian fusion band that blends traditional Spanish rhythms with Malaysian Chinese instruments. And what better way to add the culture of food and sports together but with Malaysian-based Spanish Chef, Chef Marta who showcased live, one of her special spanish delicacies “Valencian Paella”.

LaLiga is much more than just Real Madrid, Barcelona and the El Clasico, it’s about passion, culture and heritage. LaLiga continues to build its brand’s presence in Malaysia through events such as this one. Malaysians are becoming more and more familiar with LaLiga, its various big games and most of all its Derbies, which are highly captivating. LaLiga inspires new fans of their beautiful games, educating them of the Spanish league and the best in world football.

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