Cristiano Ronaldo is 'a beast' but Real Madrid should fear Lionel Messi, says Jordi Alba

Leaders Real Madrid host Barcelona on Sunday night, when a win would stretch their lead over the defending champions to seven points and deal a severe blow to Barcelona's chances of a fifth title in six years. Barca are third with 66 points, a point behind second-placed Atletico Madrid.

updated: March 21, 2014 09:27 IST
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Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo is "a beast" but Real Madrid should fear four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, Barcelona full-back Jordi Alba warned on Wednesday ahead of Sunday's crucial Clasico. "I think they are two of the best players in the world but out of the two of them I'll go with Leo," Alba said when asked which of the two players should be feared more during Sunday's game at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"I don't just say that now because I am in the same team, I thought that when I was at Valencia," added Alba, who moved to Barcelona from the Mestalla in 2012.

"I think Cristiano, you have to be honest, he's a beast, he's a very important player for Real Madrid. When Madrid are not at their best he always pulls through," the 24-year-old said.

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