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


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.