Cristiano Ronaldo wants Barcelona to give Real Madrid guard of honour before El Clasico

Cristiano Ronaldo wants Lionel Messi to give him a guard of honour before El Clasico
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates Club World Cup success (Getty)

Cristiano Ronaldo has called on Lionel Messi and his Barcelona team-mates to give Real Madrid a guard of honour before the upcoming El Clasico.

It comes after Ronaldo helped Real Madrid win the Club World Cup for a second successive year.

The Spanish side won the final in Abu Dhabi on Saturday 1-0 after overcoming an organised Gremio side thanks to a well-placed Ronaldo free-kick.

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Cristiano Ronaldo in action in the Club World Cup final
Ronaldo scored the winning goal with a free-kick (Getty)

Real Madrid will now turn their focus back to domestic matters where things haven’t been going so well. The reigning champions are currently fourth in the table, eight points behind table-toppers Barcelona.

They have an excellent opportunity to close the gap when they host their great rivals at the Bernabeu next weekend.

But before a ball is kicked, Ronaldo wants to see some respect from Barcelona in light of their Club World Cup achievements.

‘It would be nice and I would like Barcelona to make for us the guard of honour,’ Ronaldo told reporters.

Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona
A guard of honour could prove awkward for Lionel Messi who recently missed out on the Ballon d’Or to Ronaldo (Getty)

Ronaldo then hopes to get the better of Barcelona in order to breathe life into Real Madrid’s La Liga campaign.

‘I hope we can beat Barça so that the League is alive, we have to enjoy every moment because we do not know what can happen tomorrow, we are gaining confidence and we are going to improve and finish very well.’

Real Madrid lift the Club World Cup
Real Madrid lift the Club World Cup (Getty)

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Ronaldo, by his standards, has struggled for goals this season but was delighted to be able to make a telling contribution at the Club World Cup, with him also scoring in the semi-final as well.

‘I’m happy I scored the goal, very happy,’ said the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. ‘I’m having a great season.

‘Real Madrid had never won five titles in a year and we wanted it, it’s a record.

‘I talk on the pitch, I try to give my best and for people to enjoy my football.

‘I don’t lack motivation to continue playing and training because I enjoy football. It’s what I like the most.’

MORE: Video: Real Madrid star Casemiro almost breaks his neck celebrating Cristiano Ronaldo’s winner

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