Madrid, Ronaldo look to end Barcelona woes

AP, Monday 16 Jan 2012

Real Madrid need Cristiano Ronaldo to recover his confidence against Barcelona when the two rivals start another 'clasico' series Wednesday in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (Photo: Reuters)

Ronaldo has scored only twice in 13 career games against Barcelona, with his last goal coming in April’s cup final to give Madrid their lone victory in the last 12 meetings over the Catalan club.

The Portugal forward has been struggling since coming under criticism following a poor performance in last month’s 3-1 league loss to Barcelona, and has scored just one goal so far in 2012.

Meanwhile, Barcelona rival Lionel Messi continues to propel the Spanish champions, scoring twice in a 4-2 win over Real Betis on Sunday.

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