Messi eyes beating Ronaldo in race for top scorer


Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola on Sunday backed magical Lionel Messi to beat Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo to the Spanish League top scorer’s prize. Ronaldo grabbed four in the 6-2 demolition of Sevilla on Saturday to take his season’s tally to 31, two more than Messi with two games left. “Messi is always looking to score because he is a born striker and it’s in his blood,” said Guardiola, whose Argentine superstar failed to hit the target in Sunday’s 2-0 win over local rivals Espanyol.
“In the first half he was fantastic. It was one of his best performances this season where he created a number of goal scoring chances. He is here to win titles and is clearly our most dangerous player.”