Real Madrid's forward from Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo gestures during the Spanish league football match Deportivo Alaves vs Real Madrid CF at the Mendizorroza stadium in Vitoria on September 23, 2017. / AFP / ANDER GILLENEA
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Two games without a goal is run of the mill for most footballers, but for Cristiano Ronaldo it constitutes a drought.However, Messi's sensational form for Barcelona and the attention garnered by Neymar's 222 million euro ($265 million) world- record move to Paris Saint-Germain last month has starved Ronaldo of the attention he craves.Messi has helped guide Barca to six wins from six in La Liga and a 3-0 thumping of Juventus in the Champions League, scoring 12 goals in nine appearances in all competitions.Indeed, at club level Messi has 43 goals in 2017 to Ronaldo's 29 .One of the Brazilian's motives for leaving the lure of Messi and Barcelona behind was reportedly his desire to win the Ballon d'Or.But at 25 his time is more likely to come in future years if Messi (30) and Ronaldo (32) begin to wane.
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