Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has hailed the performances of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo following El Clasico.

The world's two best players split four goals between them on Sunday night, as Real Madrid fought back to secure a 2-2 at the Nou Camp.

Ronaldo had put Madrid in the lead before a Messi double - including a stunning 25-yard free-kick - hauled Barcelona back in front.

But the Portuguese star struck back for the La Liga champions, earning Jose Mourinho's side a valuable away point.

And after the game, the Madrid boss paid tribute to the two superstars.

"Messi and Ronaldo are from another planet," said Mourinho. "I want my player to win [the Ballon d'Or], but they are both fantastic.

"As a coach, I've enjoyed the game. It was a great match and the result wasn't decided until the final moment. Everyone has enjoyed the game too."

Ronaldo and Messi sit atop the La Liga goalscoring charts, along with Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, with eight goals so far this season.

But Barcelona and Lionel Messi have enjoyed a much better start to the season than their La Liga counterparts.

Tito Vilanova's Barca sit joint top of the table, eight points clear of fifth-placed Real Madrid. Barcelona have six wins from seven games, whereas Madrid have struggled for consistency - despite their impressive performance on Sunday - picking up just three victories from seven fixtures.

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