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Ronaldo, Messi remain neck and neck in La Liga scoring

  • CNN, Monday, January 23, 2012 10:24 AM

After Lionel Messi scored his fifth hat trick of the season, in Barcelona's 4-1 win at Malaga, to up his La Liga scoring total to 22, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalty kicks in Real Madrid's 4-1 win over 10-man Athletic Bilbao to remain the Pichichi race leader with 23 goals.

Real Madrid remains five points ahead of Barcelona in the standings.

Messi scored his first on a header and his second two after solo runs. (Messi's third goal came after he received the ball just inside the Malaga half: VIDEO)

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