In the first El Clasico of the new La Liga season, Real Madrid beat its bitter rival Barcelona 3-1 at the Camp Nou. Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated in a social media post shortly after his former club had secured the win. The Juventus star spent his golden years playing for Los Blancos and had many memories of the clashes against rivals Barcelona.
The Portuguese went on Twitter and published an image in which he appeared relaxed, sunbathing on his hammock. The post goes with a seemingly celebratory caption “Siiiiiiiiii”, Ronaldo’s trademark celebration. The shout including a signature power stance was made famous by Ronaldo during his time in Spain. He nodded towards that with a caption that included an arm flex emoji.
His post was commented by a few of his ex-Real Madrid teammates such as Lucas Vazquez. Ronaldo is currently quarantining and has been ruled out of Juventus’ group game against Barcelona because of a second positive coronavirus test before the international break. The Portuguese Football Federation (PFF) said that he “is doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation” after he contracted the virus.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winning forward spent nine years at the Bernabeu between 2009 and 2018, scoring an astounding 450 goals in only 438 appearances in all competitions. He left Los Blancos in summer 2018 to join Juventus. Together with Alfredo Di Stefano he is the second-best scorer in the history of El Clasico with 18 goals. They both follow Lionel Messi who has 26.
However, Barcelona’s number 10 hasn’t scored against Madrid since his eternal Ronaldo left the Bernabeu for Juventus in the summer of 2018. Although missing his shots in the previous match-ups with the rival, Messi remains the king of the Clasico, having scored 26 goals in his 41 appearances, a record in the fixture. Following his hints of leaving Camp Nou, this seasons Clasico might be his last.
Meanwhile, the win at the Camp Nou was sealed by a late Luka Modric goal finished after Fede Valverde’s starter and Sergio Ramos’ penalty. Barcelona’s Ansu Fati gave them the consolation goal. This was Ronald Koeman’s first Clasico as the new Barcelona coach. Barcelona faces Juventus in the Champions League. However the Messi-Ronaldo reunion is unlikely due to Ronaldo’s condition.
In the La Liga standing, Real Madrid climbs up to second behind Real Sociedad, who remains league leader after a comfortable 4-1 win at home to Huesca. Barcelona was left in the 12th spot of the league table with 7 points earned as the new Dutchman coach has overseen only three wins from his first six games in charge.