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Cristiano Ronaldo, chasing a hat-trick of hat-tricks, will be relishing taking on depleted Barcelona in El Clasico
Drop everything you’re doing at 6.50pm on Sunday. Barcelona welcome, or should that simply be host, old foes Real Madrid at the Camp Nou in the first Clasico meeting of the Liga season.
It’s the latest installment of El Clasico this Saturday and with it comes another opportunity to drool over the achievements of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
There is an agonised howl that Cristiano Ronaldo has made his hallmark. You see it whenever a rival, typically a goalkeeper, denies him glory. Last weekend, there’s a good chance that he was howling again in private.
If one player in La Liga could unveil Balotelli’s famous ‘Why Always Me?’ t-shirt this weekend, it may well be Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
So: Barcelona 1, Real Madrid 1. In the immortal words of the C&C Music Factory, this match was one of the things that make you go “Hmmmm”. I can’t help that think that, when football’s historians return to ponder this fixture, their verdict will be a slight frown and a brief stroke of the chin.
Whatever else is said about Cristiano Ronaldo, there’s no denying that he’s one hell of a footballer.
The Portugal star was instrumental in demolishing World Champions Spain 4-0 last night. Yet he should have found himself on the scoresheet with what would have been an incredible effort. But it was disallowed when former Manchester United team-mate Nani headed in the goal bound shot from an offside position.
There’s no place like home. Spain offers the riches of Real Madrid and the splendour of Barcelona. While Italy clearly have titans like Internazionale and Milan. And the skill on show at these chapels of European football invites songs of praise from watching hordes. Yet the most exciting, hair-raising drama unfolds on these shores.
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