Lionel Messi's entourage responds to Sergio Ramos' referee claims from El Clasico

Pablo GarcíaMARCA

But I know him a little and I know what he's like.

Bale was eventually booked as was the usually even-tempered Messi, who made an uncharacteristically aggressive challenge on Sergio Ramos after the Real captain had an ugly confrontation with Suarez which led to both players getting yellow cards.

Speaking after the game, however, Real manager Zinedine Zidane said "we're not anxious about the final", but added that "I can't say how long he'll be out for".

Sergi Roberto had been sent off at the end of the first period after Luis Suarez opened the scoring in a pulsating, and highly controversial, Clasico.

It has been confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit to play the Champions League final against Liverpool despite injuring his ankle in El Clasico.

"Whenever someone gets hurt on the pitch and we think it's serious, we kick the ball out", Ramos said, according to FourFourTwo.

"Messi put him under a bit of pressure in the tunnel, I don't know if there are cameras, maybe he caused him to referee in the second half in a different way."

Bale drew Madrid level for the second time, and the visitors were then denied a penalty when Marcelo tumbled in the box, one of the decisions that Ramos perhaps feels Messi influenced. In a Clasico where there was nothing at stake, it was a great game.

"We had a good opportunity to win today, clearly, we had a lot of chances to score, especially in the first half". But with the title already in the bag and their unbeaten run still intact, they would have been the happier of the two sides at the final whistle.

The Portuguese star has scored 25 goals in 2018 helping his side reach a third-consecutive Champions League final after an underwhelming start to the campaign.

The result means Barcelona are still unbeaten in La Liga and remain 15 points clear of Real Madrid, who in turn trail their city rivals Atletico Madrid by three points.



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