Cristiano Ronaldo Shoves Referee After Receiving Second Yellow Card Against Barcelona

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 14, 2017

Before he arrived in Spain, joining Real Madrid Castilla in the January 2013 window, he had only scored 13 goals in four and a half seasons with São Paulo.

Meanwhile, the typical derby tension was visible with Casemiro, shown a yellow card for a bad foul on Messi and he was followed into the book by Gerard Pique, Dani Carvajal, Bale and Messi himself.

Moreover, the youngster has been repeatedly singled out to be Spain's next big talent on the global stage.

Barca have suffered a hard summer as not only they've failed to sign any of the players they wanted to - Bellerin, Veratti, Coutinho, Dembele - they stayed without Neymar in the biggest transfer in football history.

By contrast, Barca seem more dependent on the brilliance of Lionel Messi than ever in the wake of Neymar's departure. Can someone else step up?

Barca failed to sparkle, with Gerard Deulofeu proving an unfit substitute for the departed Neymar, while Real looked lightweight up front without Ronaldo, who began on the bench, and lacking creativity in the absence of the suspended Luka Modric. "It's not nice to see them cheer for the opponent", said Barca captain Andres Iniesta.

"It was a game in which we had some good moments and in which we were caught out on the counter by two great goals", he admits. "We've only just started".

"We don't like to lose, especially against Madrid, and especially when there is a title at stake", Valverde said. "We are focused on the game and whatever the talk is, we are only thinking about that", Barcelona official website quoted Ernesto as saying.

The fact Zidane didn't feel the need to rush the World Player of the Year back from the start spoke volumes of his confidence in Madrid's reserves.

"They have made it hard, nearly impossible".

Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo made a week's worth of headlines in just four minutes.

"Regardless of who play we know the potential of their players and we know they have good substitutes, they come from winning the European Super Cup playing a good game but I can only be anxious for my players". It is such squad that Real, under Zinedine Zidane, have won six titles in 18 months. This may affect their performance in the Super Cup, but can Messi save the day?

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