Messi and Ronaldo both got on the scoresheets as Barcelona and Real Madrid claimed victories over the weekend, while Ronaldinho pulled the short straw as AC Milan slumped to a depressing 2-nil derby defeat to Inter.
Along with Dani Alves, the world footballer of the year, Leo Messi, was at his destructive best as Barca trounced Valladolid 3-nil away from home on Saturday night.
The Alves/Messi combination first struck in the 11th minute as the pair got hold of their bearings only for Messi’s shot to be well saved by Justo Villar. Barca then chalked up quick-fire goals from Xavi and Alves in the 21st and 22nd minutes respectively, which allowed Messi even more freedom to try to and showboat his way past the home defence to add a third, which he eventually claimed in the 56th minute.
Highlights of Leo Messi’s performance against Valladolid can be seen here.
After his recent renaissance, Ronaldinho had a less than impressive weekend as the Rossoneri lost to the bitter rivals Inter on Sunday night. The Brazilian did show some moments of brilliance but, like many of his teammates, Dinho failed to find the cutting edge, and arguably the bucked-tooth wonder went missing when AC needed him most. His late penalty miss, superby saved by Cesar, capped a disappointing evening for Milan’s number 88.
Highlights of Ronaldinho’s performance against Inter Milan can be seen here.
Lastly, Cristiano Ronaldo almost had a perfect weekend for Real, scoring a fine brace including a brilliant second for Los Blancos against Malaga on Sunday night, but the world’s most expensive football had his evening soured when he was sent off 20 minutes from time after his arm connected with Patrick Mtiliga’s face but Ronaldo maintains the blow was not intentional. Mtiliga was left with a broken nose.
Highlights of Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance against Malaga can be seen here.