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Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Six things still at stake in El Clásico

Tonight's Clásico at the Camp Nou comes around with Barça already champions and Real with one eye on Kiev. But there are still things to play for...
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Barcelona vs Real Madrid: What's still at stake in El Clásico
David Ramos DIARIO AS

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With Barcelona already confirmed as domestic double winners and Real Madrid looking forward to the Champions League final, the pair meet tonight in a clash in which you'd be forgiven for thinking that there is absolutely nothing to play for, bar the glory of victory over the old enemy.

However, there are still a few things at stake at the Camp Nou: LaLiga's top scorer award, the Golden Shoe, the league's best goalkeeper, players' futures...

European Golden Shoe

Lionel Messi is in the midst of the battle to win the Golden Shoe, given to the season's leading marksman in European league football. After his hat-trick at Deportivo La Coruña last time out, the Barça ace leads the way on 32 goals, one ahead of Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. They are followed by Ciro Immobile, Robert Lewandowski and Mauro Icardi, who are three, four and five behind Messi, respectively.

Lionel Messi is eight goals ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in the battle for the Trofeo Pichichi, while the Barcelona star is also in pole position to secure the European Golden Shoe.

Trofeo Pichichi

Messi's haul of 32 LaLiga goals places him eight ahead of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the Argentine's nearest challenger in the race to scoop the Trofeo Pichichi as this term's top scorer in Primera División.


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Trofeo Zamora

Barcelona's Marc-André ter Stegen is fighting to claim the Trofeo Zamora, which is awarded each season to the LaLiga goalkeeper who concedes the fewest goals (in a minimum of 28 appearances). A clean sheet against Real would be just the ticket for Ter Stegen, who currently trails Atlético Madrid's Jan Oblak, who has let in 18 goals in 34 games, compared to the German's 21 in 34.

Marc-André ter Stegen is out to win the Trofeo Zamora ahead of Atlético Madrid custodian Jan Oblak.

Barcelona's unbeaten league season

Nobody has beaten Barcelona in the top flight in 2017/18. Ernesto Valverde's side have registered 26 wins and eight draws, dropping just four points at home (in stalemates against Celta Vigo and Getafe). This is Real Madrid's chance to shatter their arch rivals' dream of achieving a feat last managed way back in the 1930s - and, as their recent results at the Camp Nou show, Zinedine Zidane's men seem to be a better bet when facing Barça on the road...

Second place in LaLiga

Second-placed Atlético Madrid sit four points ahead of Real in third, having played one game more than their near neighbours. A positive result at the Camp Nou would appear to be crucial to Los Merengues' hopes of finishing ahead of Diego Simeone's side and securing capital bragging rights.

Several players' futures...

There are several players on both sides whose futures are uncertain. At Real Madrid, the headliners are Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. The Frenchman offered a reminder of his credentials by scoring twice against Bayern Munich in midweek, while Bale has slipped right down Zidane's pecking order - a state of affairs that was evidenced by his failure to start either game of the Champions League semi-final against Bayern, or the first leg at Juventus in the previous round.

Meanwhile, the likes of Dani Ceballos, Marcos Llorente, Jesús Vallejo, Borja Mayoral and Achraf Hakimi must, if called upon, show that they can deal with the pressure and rise to the occasion of a fixture like the Clásico.

At Barcelona, Denis Suárez is currently being tracked by a number of clubs in case he leaves the Camp Nou this summer, while Lucas Digne, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal and Paco Alcácer are also in the frame to depart the Catalan giants. A good Clásico showing could help them turn that situation around.

LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
1Barcelona 86 26 8 0
2Atlético 75 22 9 4
3Real Madrid 71 21 8 5
Full standing
Next matches
Barcelona - Villarreal X-09/05 20:00
Barcelona - Real Madrid D-06/05 20:45
Levante - Barcelona D-13/05 20:45
Fixtures

*Update 3 de mayo de 2018

LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
2Atlético 75 22 9 4
3Real Madrid 71 21 8 5
4Valencia 67 20 7 8
Full standing
Next matches
Sevilla - Real Madrid X-09/05 21:30
Barcelona - Real Madrid D-06/05 20:45
Real Madrid - Celta S-12/05 18:30
Fixtures

*Update 3 de mayo de 2018