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Between them Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo have scored more than 300 league goals in the last four seasons of Spain’s La Liga, but which player provides more goals for their team? 

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the world’s top goalscorers. And next weekend will see them pitted against each other in what might be the biggest rivalry in sport: El Clásico, the match between Barcelona and Real Madrid.
 

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By John Burn-Murdoch and Gavin Jackson

In the third instalment of The Baseline, our weekly feature on sports statistics, we looked at how much we can learn about the final outcome of the Premier League from the season so far.

For the story click here, or keep reading to find out how we worked it out. 

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Liverpool were without Raheem Sterling for the first hour as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa, highlighting the teenager’s importance to the team.

Just how much has Sterling improved since he broke into the first team in the 2012/13 season? We used data from Opta to analyse and visualise his rapid development. 

In case you’ve forgotten, England did take part in the 2014 World Cup. But despite uncharacteristically low expectations from the watching English public, Roy Hodgson’s side slunk under this low bar, flying home after two defeats and a goalless draw with the global footballing powerhouse Costa Rica.

What went wrong? Countless theories abound – some better than others – but some relatively simple maths may be able to explain at least one of the factors involved: statistically speaking, England were bereft of luck.