Well, well, well.
Real Madrid were favourites heading in to their Spanish Super Cup contest against Barcelona but the manner in which Los Blancos dismantled the Copa del Rey winners across two legs was stunning.
Real went to the Camp Nou on Sunday and won 3-1. Then on Wednesday evening, they cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory to make the aggregate score 5-1.
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And it’s worth pointing out that Cristiano Ronaldo played for less than 30 minutes across the entire contest.
Goals in the first half from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema sealed yet another piece of silverware for Real coach Zinedine Zidane.
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The Frenchman has now won seven trophies in under 20 months as manager of Real’s first team. He was an incredible player and he’s proving to be a brilliant tactician, too.
As for Barcelona, it’s too early to hit the panic button but the Spanish Cup has shown they are some way behind Real Madrid right now.
It’s imperative that they spend the €222 million they received from selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, and on players much, much better than Paulinho.
Lionel Messi remains an outstanding player but he can’t do it all on his own. Watching Andre Gomes and Ivan Rakitic last night made you understand just how much Messi must miss Xavi and Andres Iniesta in his prime.
The Argentinian’s frustration came out during an incident with Real captain Sergio Ramos in the second half.
Barça won a free-kick but Ramos refused to give Messi the ball, instead throwing it over his head.
Messi then proceeded to stare Ramos down and hurl some insults towards the Spaniard.
What Messi said to Ramos
According to Marca, Messi said to Ramos: “La concha de tu madre,” which translates as “Your mother’s c***.”
Fans on Twitter thought Messi said the exact same thing to the Real defender.
You know something isn’t right when Leo Messi is upset.
Barça have to spend
Barça have just two weeks to surround the five-time Ballon d’Or winner with the players capable of competing for the Spanish title and the Champions League.
They are rumoured to be close to signing Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, but, despite both players submitting transfer requests, neither club is eager to sell.
Barcelona will have to part way with a significant sum to convince either club to do business but, after last night’s showing at the Bernabeu and the 3-1 defeat in Catalonia, they may have no choice.
If Barcelona can only sign one player, should it be Dembele or Coutinho? Let us know in the comments section below!
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