Neymar beating Messi and Ronaldo stats at 26 but needs silverware

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"It's harder to defend against Lionel Messi than Cristiano Ronaldo", Silva said in Spanish publication Sport . "I believe, though, that it is harder to defend against Messi than it is against Ronaldo".

Madrid took the lead again in the 81st minute when Karim Benzema supplied a pass for Isco to finish, but Los Blancos couldn't hold on to their late lead. In fact, he's only lagging behind Messi's total of club goals, having scored 268 to Messi's 313.

That hard work starts now and the Champions League showdown between Neymar and Ronaldo in Madrid next week is the flawless chance for the Brazilian to land an early blow as he bids to make his 26th year his most memorable to date. He's scored 20 goals this season already, which is the same as last season at this stage.

Eager to step out of Messi's shadow, Neymar completed a staggering £255 million switch to PSG.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid was substituted for the first time in eight months on Saturday night.

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"The stats prove in the Champions League that he's still very lethal".

Messi and Ronaldo have won a record five Ballon d'Or awards apiece, while the pair are the all-time leading goalscorers for their respective clubs.

He also helped Portugal qualify for the World Cup finals via the play-offs against Switzerland.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has become the first defender in the history of La Liga to score in 14 consecutive seasons. Even though, he recently broke the record for most number of goals in the group stages for a season in the Champions League, his numbers in the league have dried up.

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