Cristiano Ronaldo may never be the darling of Spain but his great rival Lionel Messi remains popular and demonstrated why once again.
The Argentinian grabbed his ninth double of the season in
Barcelona's 3-1 victory over
Real Zaragoza on Saturday to keep the Catalans six points clear at the top of
Messi has now scored 12 in his last eight matches while equalling Brazilian legend Pele's record of 66 club goals in a calendar year.
He sits eight behind Gerd Muller's 1972 total of 85 goals (club and country) in a single year.
Ronaldo failed to register as
Real Madrid beat Athletic
Bilbao 5-1 – his third blank in four games. Five different players got on the scoresheet for Real..
Serie A, four players were sent off, three from
Bologna beat the Sicilians 3-0.
Inter Milan failed to capitalise on leaders
Juventus' 0-0 stalemate with
Lazio and remain four points behind in second after they drew 2-2 at home to
Two goals from
Alberto Aquilani helped
Atalanta 4-1 to go joint third, alongside
Napoli, who drew 2-2 with AC Milan.