Cristiano Ronaldo took centre stage in Sunday’s Clásico at Camp Nou, coming off the bench in the second half to score a wonderful goal to make it 2-1, then being booked for taking of his shirt in celebration and eventually sent off for diving, which Real Madrid are set to appeal against.
Ronaldo facing potential ban for shoving referee
On his way from the pitch the Portuguese also shoved match referee De Burgos Bengoetxea, which could yet lead to a greater sanction of between four and 12 games for the Real forward. LaLiga’s disciplinary committee is due to meet on Wednesday when the matter will be studied, possibly leaving Ronaldo clear to play in the return leg of the Super Cup in the Bernabéu on the same day.
However, despite Ronaldo’s eventful evening, one image will be remembered above all others. After his goal, and at the prodding of teammate Marcelo, the Portuguese picked up his shirt from the Camp Nou turf and displayed it to the crowd in a copy of Leo Messi’s celebration after scoring the winning goal for Barcelona in last season’s second Liga Clásico in Madrid.