Cristiano Ronaldo stole all the headlines this weekend in Spain after experiencing what may have been his match of the season so far in the 6-2 demolition of Villarreal. Put simply, Ronaldo was at the heart of absolutely everything for Los Merengues, scoring a tremendous free-kick and then teeing up his temmates for even more goals.
The Guardian’s Sid Lowe waxed lyrical over Ronaldo’s performance: “[Ronaldo] was God because he “made” and scored the first, tumbling over and then belting in a free-kick so good, so quick, so vicious in its sudden dip, that one radio station began a search to find it a name to go with Cruyff Turns and Panenka Penalties. Because He created the third for Gonzalo HiguaÃn, racing down the right wing to slide a perfect first-time ball across. Because He laid the fifth on a plate for KakÃ¡, wriggling through the challenges to leave the Brazilian one-on-one with LÃ³pez. And because He made the sixth for Xabi Alonso, cutting inside from the right and getting brought down for the penalty that He â€“ very, very reluctantly and not without storming off the pitch in a strop at the end â€“ let the former Liverpool midfielder take to score his first goal for the club.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s match highlights can be seen here.
While Ronaldo was at his spellbinding best for Real, Leo Messi, for once, took a bit more of a back seat as Barcelona romped toaÂ 4-nil victory over Racing Santander on Saturday night.
Operating in his customary right-wing position, the diminutive Argentine showed his quick feet, low centre of gravity, and his passing ability throughout the match, but it wasn’t until the final ten minutes that Messi was directly involved in one of the goals as the world player of the year teed up 18-year-old Thiago for Barca’s fourth.
Leo Messi’s match highlights can be seen here.