Messi and Ronaldo Watch: Messi Celebrates Birth of First Son

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterNovember 4, 2012

BARCELONA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (L) duels for the ball with Hugo Mallo of RC Celta de Vigo during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RC Celta de Vigo at Camp Nou on November 3, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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It was a quiet week on the pitch for football's two biggest superstars.

Off the pitch, however, it was another story.

Lionel Messi, 25, celebrated the birth of his first son, Thiago, this week. And while Messi failed to score all week, Barcelona recorded two more wins in two competitions.

Cristiano Ronaldo also went scoreless this week, but Real Madrid grabbed a couple more victories as well.

Read on for all the highlights from Messi and Ronaldo this week.


Barca take league lead with another victory

Barcelona opened up a lead atop La Liga by winning 3-1 at home to Celta Vigo. Atletico Madrid lost 2-0 at Valencia and fell three points behind.

Messi started the match and played the full 90 minutes but did not score. After the birth of his son, it was unclear before the match whether he would play.

Messi had two chances in the first half, but Celta Vigo keeper Javi Varas saved both times.

Thiago, the name of Messi's newborn son, appeared on Messi's shoes. Click here to see the tribute.


Real keep scoring, win again

Real Madrid routed Real Zaragoza 4-0 on Sunday. Ronaldo started and played the full 90 minutes but did not score.

The victory was Real's third straight in La Liga.

Ronaldo came close with a header in the 15th minute and shot across goal in the middle of the first half. He also hit the bar with a free kick in the second half and had a low shot saved late in the match.

Click here to view Ronaldo's highlights from the match.


Copa del Rey action

Both Real and Barca won midweek in the fourth round of the Spanish Copa del Rey.

Real defeated Alcoyano 4-1 away on Wednesday. Karim Benzema scored twice, while Kaka and Jose Rodriguez had one goal apiece. Ronaldo did not play.

Barcelona won 3-0 at Alaves on Tuesday. David Villa, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas scored the goals. Messi did not play.


Keeping track and looking ahead

Ronaldo has scored 18 goals in all competitions this season, including 11 in 10 La Liga appearances. Messi has scored 17 goals in all competitions, including a La Liga-best in 13 in 10 appearances.

Barcelona top the Spanish league table with 28 points from 10 matches. Real Madrid are third with 20 points.

Barcelona visit Scottish champions Celtic on Wednesday in Group G of the UEFA Champions League. Victory would secure a spot in the knockout phase. Barca return to La Liga on Sunday with a visit to Mallorca.

Real Madrid host German champions Borussia Dortmund in Group D of the Champions League on Tuesday. Real then travel to Levante on Sunday in league play.