Real Madrid's 2-1 Primera Division defeat of Barcelona on Saturday confirmed that Jose Mourinho's team is now dominant over their Catalan rivals, and that Cristiano Ronaldo has gained the upper hand in his personal rivalry with Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo only had to play half an hour at a sunny Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, but that was enough to inspire Madrid to a second crushing victory over Barcelona in a week, following Tuesday's 3-1 Copa del Rey win. Messi played the full 90, and scored in the first half, but by the end had faded completely from the game, just as he had earlier in the week.
The Portuguese's performance typified his side's drive and confidence ahead of its Champions League last 16 game at Manchester United on Tuesday; the Argentine's disappearing act showed Barca are in deep, deep trouble ahead of its European challenge against Milan .
On the other hand, Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka told reporters afterwards that his side were leaving the game very, very con...