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Ronaldo scores two and Messi grabs three as Real and Barcelona win

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi

Barcelona's Lionel Messi

Barcelona's Lionel Messi

Real Madrid ensured they will top La Liga at the midway point of the season when Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice in a 3-0 win at Getafe yesterday before Lionel Messi's hat-trick helped Barcelona win 4-0 at Deportivo La Coruna.

The world's two best players were once again in scintillating form but champions Atletico Madrid ensured they stayed in the hunt with a 2-0 success at home to bottom club Granada that lifted them back into third place.

Real, who have a game in hand, have 45 points from 18 of 38 matches, with Barca on 44 and Atletico on 41 in third, three ahead of Valencia, who won 3-2 at home to Almeria on Saturday. "We have performed very well in this first part of the league," said Real boss Carlo Ancelotti.


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