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MESSI OUT TO REACH NEW HEIGHTS; with sports betting's top tipster DEREK MCGOVERN E-MAIL: betsguru@aol.com In association with.

Byline: JOHN SHAW, DEREK MCGOVERN

WE will never get conclusive proof who is the better player - Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo - but what we will get is Real Madrid v Barcelona in the Champions League final next month.

Most bookies go 4-5 about the eventuality whereas I'd go 1-4. That's why I'd never make it as a bookie. Another reason is because I'd never pay out.

What we also got on Wednesday night was conclusive proof Pep Guardiola was spot on when he said it was impossible to defend against Messi.

The world is still wondering how good the little Argentine could have become had Peter Crouch not accidentally been given his growth hormone treatment. Messi has nudged one goal ahead of Ronaldo in Champions League goals, and around 170 ahead of Gareth Bale, and he's still only 27. He could be a player to watch in the future. You read it here first.

Real are the most expensively assembled underdogs in the history of sport at 3-1 to win the final. They will be even bigger underdogs if they get knocked out by Juventus. But they won't. Another boring, anticlimactic 'Clasico' awaits us in a final neither Ronaldo (above) or Messi will sparkle in. The gods will have the last laugh - probably, hilariously, by way of a scuffed winner from Chicharito.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 8, 2015
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