Barcelona fullback Daniel Alves says he's ready to face Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo this Sunday.

Alves knows victory in the El Clasico will throw the title race wide open.

He told Gol TV: "For me it's what motivates me, competing against the best, not competing against someone inferior. To me, the thing that motivates me in my profession is when I go up against the best, because I train hard to go up against the best.

"If I couldn't compete with the best, I wouldn't be with Barcelona, I would be with my local team because I wouldn't have anyone to challenge me there. I love to compete against the best, that's the thing that motivates me in my profession."

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