With six wins in the first six matches, Barcelona was hoping for a promising victory against Real Madrid in order to boost their momentum even further by defeating a Madrid club that has already suffered a pair of tough losses.
Barcelona didn't necessarily achieve the victory in their 2-2 draw against Madrid, but there's certainly some optimism after watching Lionel Messi's performance.
Messi was forced to take on Cristiano Ronaldo in a head-to-head showdown where each player was carrying their team and was responsible for the outcome.
And while no one came out on top, it was a solid performance by each player.
In fútbol news, the world's top 2 players, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, each score twice in a 2-2 draw. --> es.pn/R89Nh8— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 7, 2012
Each player was looking for an edge, but they were able to match each other step for step in what was viewed more as a battle between two great players rather than two clubs.
Ronaldo struck first 23 minutes into the game, but Messi was able to answer back around the 31-minute mark.
Messi went on to score yet another goal in what was seemingly a game-winning effort, but Ronaldo was able to put out the fire by coming up with his second goal of the game, forcing the match to end in a draw.
It would've been preferable for one of the clubs to come out on top with a victory, but an exciting performance that ended in a draw is certainly a nice consolation prize.
Barcelona will continue their season on October 20 against Deportivo La Coruña, while Real Madrid will continue on the same date against Celta Vigo.