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The game's best rivalry

BARCELONA -- When Barcelona hosts Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on Monday there will be 98,000 frenzied fans in the massive stadium and millions more watching around the globe. But basically, you can divide those who watch the game into two camps:

The football fanatics, who are fascinated by the head-on clash of two legendary clubs with contrasting styles of play, and the football rubberneckers, who will stop what they're doing to see whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo emerges victorious from the wreckage.

Even though football is a team sport, many fans and pundits will use this match -- Spain's Clasico -- as a straightforward referendum to determine who is the superior player. It's easy to understand why: Messi and Ronaldo, each of whom scored a hat trick last weekend, are racking up goals as if it were as simple and necessary as breathing.

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