Why is Cristiano Ronaldo not playing for Real Madrid vs Barcelona in El Clasico?

The two global icons clashed at least twice a season – and one of them usually stole the show.

Sunday's showdown will be the first Clasico featuring neither Messi nor Ronaldo since December 2007.

Barca's mercurial Messi  is out with a broken arm sustained in last weekend's 4-2 victory against Sevilla.

That result sees the reigning champions back on top of La Liga with the chance to move seven points clear of struggling Real this weekend.

It is a mighty match for Los Blancos and their struggling coach head coach Julen Lopetegui – and there will be no Ronaldo to rely on.

Why is Ronaldo not playing for Real Madrid vs Barcelona?

Quite simply, he no longer plays for Los Blancos.

He left for Juventus this summer after a nine-year stay in Madrid that featured 450 goals and 15 trophies, including four Champions League crowns.

What was his El Clasico record like?

Ronaldo holds the record for the scoring in the most consecutive Clasicos with a goal (six games, all in 2012).

Overall, he scored 18 goals, having faced Barca 30 times but enjoying just eight victories, a win percentage of 26  per cent. He managed just one assist.

How about Messi?

The Argentine superstar has scored 26 goals in 38 appearances against Real. Having won 17 times, his win percentage of 44.7 per cent.

He has made 13 assists in addition to his goal tally.

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