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THE FINISH LINE

An El Clasico with so much on the line

Ronaldo's Real Madrid team must overcome Messi's Barcelona to keep Spanish league hopes alive

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Leading the big challenge are the classy Cristiano Ronaldo (right) for Real and the mercurial Lionel Messi for Barcelona.

NATIONALISM has given the "El Clasico" showdown on Saturday between Real Madrid and Barcelona the distraction of the Spanish-Catalan political rivalry. Politics have weighed down on Spain for centuries, and it seems to have fanned further acrimony since the recent referendum in Catalonia asking...

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