Copa del Rey: Cristiano Ronaldo out of Real Madrid v Barcelona tie

Copa del Rey final - Real Madrid v Barcelona

  • Venue: Mestalla, Valencia
  • Date: Wednesday 16 April
  • Kick-off: 20:30 BST

Coverage: Live text commentary and match report on BBC Sport website

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo will miss his side's Copa del Rey final against rivals Barcelona on Wednesday.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that Ronaldo, 29, would not play in Valencia because of a hamstring injury.

Copa del Rey in numbers

  • 0 - The number of goals Real have conceded in eight matches on the way to the final.
  • 21 - The number of goals Messi has scored in 'Clasicos'. The four-times World Player of the Year is the record scorer in the fixture ahead of Real's Alfredo Di Stefano on 18.
  • 22 - The number of times Real and Barca have played each other in the Spanish Cup. Barca have 10 wins to Real's six.
  • 90 - Real have beaten Barca 90 times in official matches, with 89 wins for Barca and 48 draws.
  • 227 - The number of official 'Clasicos' played since the first encounter in the last four of the Spanish Cup in 1902, which Barca won 3-1.

"Cristiano is not available because we don't want to take risks and we have other very important games to come this season," said Ancelotti.

Madrid face holders Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday, 23 April.

Ronaldo has missed Real's last three games with the injury but Ancelotti believes his side will be able to cope in the final, having lost just one of the 10 games the World Player of the Year has missed this season.

"We are going to lose a player with an incredible quality, but his absence has provided motivation for the team to run more and play more as a team," added Ancelotti.

Madrid have lost twice to Barcelona in their league meetings this season but those results have been high points in a disappointing campaign for the Catalans.

Barcelona are third in La Liga - behind Real and leaders Atletico Madrid - following a shock defeat by Granada last weekend and last week went out of the Champions League to Atletico.

Andres Iniesta celebrates scoring against Osasuna

Andres Iniesta is hoping to save Barcelona's season with victory over Real Madrid

That was the first time in seven seasons Barcelona, who have also been hit by a transfer ban by Fifa, had failed to reach the Champions League semi-finals but midfielder Andres Iniesta is hoping to to add to their record tally of 26 Copa del Rey wins.

"We would all like to live in a world of roses where everything is wonderful, but reality is not like that," said the Spain international.

"This is a title, it is something for the fans and us to cheer."

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has defensive problems with Gerard Pique, Marc Bartra and Carles Puyol all serious doubts.

As well as Ronaldo, Madrid are likely to be without Brazilian full-back Marcelo but central defender Sergio Ramos is expected to play after recovering from a neck injury.

Lionel Messi with a rugby ball

Barcelona have been training with a rugby ball in their build-up to the cup final

Dani Alves tackles Pedro while playing rugby