Messi and Ronaldo Watch: Ronaldo Hits Hat Trick, Barca Fight Back

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterOctober 1, 2012

Messi and Ronaldo Watch: Ronaldo Hits Hat Trick, Barca Fight Back

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    With the Champions League looming midweek, Real Madrid and Barcelona resumed league play with a pair of wins this weekend.

    Cristiano Ronaldo made headlines with his play, while Barcelona and Lionel Messi staged a thrilling comeback on the road.

    Read on for this week's updates on the world's two best players.

Cristiano Ronaldo Hits Hat Trick as Real Thump Deportivo

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    Cristiano Ronaldo scored three times as Real Madrid reversed an early deficit to thrash Deportivo La Coruña 5-1 on Sunday.

    Riki danced through the Real defense and opened the scoring with a goal for Deportivo in the first half, but Real responded with three goals before the break to take control of the match.

    Ronaldo equalized for Real with a penalty in the 23rd minute before Angel Di Maria gave Real the lead 15 minutes later. Ronaldo made it 3-1 just before the break with a header.

    Pepe's header put Real up 4-1 in the second half, and Ronaldo completed his hat trick with his second penalty—and Real's fifth goal—in the 84th minute.

    Click here for highlights from the match.

    That makes two straight league wins for Real after a slow start to the season. Jose Mourinho's team still trail leaders Barcelona by eight points.

    Real play at Ajax in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday.

Barca, Messi Overcome Late Deficit to Beat Sevilla

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    Barcelona reversed a late deficit to beat Sevilla 3-2 on Saturday and maintain their perfect start to the league season.

    Barca trailed 2-0 early in the second half, with the hosts scoring through Alvaro Negredo and Piotr Trochowski. Cesc Fabregas pulled one goal back in the 53rd minute and then was involved in a controversial 72nd-minute incident that saw Sevilla's Gary Medel sent off.

    Click here to see the incident.

    Barca thrived with the one-man advantage. Fabregas equalized in the 89th minute, and David Villa scored a dramatic winner in the third minute of stoppage time.

    Messi started and played the full 90 minutes, but did not score. He came close with a curled free kick in the second half and assisted Fabgregas' second goal.

    Click here for highlights from the match.

    Barcelona play at Benfica in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.

Report: Ronaldo Wants £400K Per Week

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    Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly wants a pay-raise to about £400,000 per week (via ESPN FC).

    Ronaldo last month said he was "sad" at Real Madrid for professional reasons. His comments sparked rampant speculation over his future.

    According to an ESPN source, Ronaldo is seeking a pay raise that would make him the world's best-paid footballer. If he remains in Spain, any deal would be complicated by the country's tax laws and the fact that Real own half of Ronaldo's image rights.

    Ronaldo is under contract with Real until 2015.

Messi Wants to Be Remembered as Good Person

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    Lionel Messi, the recipient of three straight World Player of the Year awards, wants to be remembered as a good person more than as the best footballer in the world (via The Independent).

    Speaking after Barcelona's dramatic 3-2 win over Sevilla this weekend, Messi said:

    I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I am more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with?

    When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy. I like to score goals but I also like to have friends among the people I have played with.

    Messi, 25, scored an unprecedented 73 goals in all competitions last season.


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    After his weekend hat trick, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored nine goals in all competitions this season, including six in La Liga.

    Lionel Messi has scored 10 goals in all competitions, including six in La Liga.