Ronaldo, Messi light El Classico with unique individual and joint scoring records

Ronaldo, Messi light El Classico with unique individual and joint scoring records

Ronaldo, Messi light El Classico with unique individual and joint scoring records

Valverde was commenting after a typically frantic Clasico against Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Sunday, the champions remaining unbeaten following a 2-2 draw despite Sergi Roberto's first-half red card.

After a La Liga season freakishly dominated by Messi - top scorer, top assister, top pretty much everything else - it was only appropriate that the magical Argentine would make another big contribution in the final high-profile game of the season. Ronaldo's injury, however, coupled with Barcelona avoiding defeat, despite playing a man down for the whole of the second half, meant the Catalans departed the happier side.

Initial fears put his involvement in a Champions League final date with Liverpool on May 26 in doubt.

"There was nothing in play but we saw a good game from both teams". "We started well, but the goals came quickly and the bookings hurt us". Here are the three main talking points from Camp Nou. A missed tackle by Sergio Busquets left Toni Kroos to start a counterattack that Ronaldo completed by sending a headed pass by Karim Benzema over the line to equal Alfredo Di Stefano's club record of 18 goals against Barcelona.

And perhaps more pertinently, Los Blancos are now sweating on the fitness of Ronaldo after he was forced off at half-time with a foot injury sustained in the process of scoring his equalising goal. He led Madrid's push forward and was only stopped when Marc-Andre ter Stegen closed out to block his shot.

Messi earned himself a yellow for a hard tackle on Ramos before Roberto responded to Marcelo's bump from behind by slapping at his face. That preceded Roberto's red card.

Suarez's blatant kick on Raphael Varane went unpunished and from there it was all about Messi.

He then had a chance to sentence the outcome with a shot which Keylor Navas well saved, but ending his wait of almost six years for a Camp Nou Clasico goal in La Liga was enough to make a suitably big impression.

Barcelona's players held an impromptu celebration on the pitch for the result and its domestic double, with the coaching staff giving them the guard of honor that Madrid's players declined to do before kickoff. Real Madrid wasted the opportunity to cut the deficit to second-placed Atletico Madrid, who were stunned by Espanyol 0-2 earlier in the day.

Alaves routed Malaga 3-0, and Getafe beat Las Palmas 1-0.

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