Neymar, Messi, Bale and Ronaldo Watch: Big Goals and Bigger Points

Tre' Atkinson@@TreAtkinsonFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2014

Neymar, Messi, Bale and Ronaldo Watch: Big Goals and Bigger Points

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    Paul White

    It was a busy week for the four horsemen of La Liga. Barcelona and Real Madrid were both locked in Champions League matches while having to keep a close eye on their domestic campaigns as well.

    In this week's installment of the Neymar, Messi, Bale and Ronaldo watch we have several things to look at.

    Everyone scored this week and both clubs had some big results. However, one player also came up injured and had to miss out on the weekend.

    So let's cut right to the action in this week's watch and don't forget to tell us who you think had the best week and what is in store for the coming seven days! 


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    Emilio Morenatti

    Neymar has not been the scoring machine that Barcelona expected when they purchased him from Santos this summer. However, when he does score it is always a big goal.

    During Barcelona's midweek Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid, the Brazilian came up big again.

    As the Catalans were trailing their Spanish foes 1-0 in the second half, Neymar struck. A brilliant ball played the 22-year-old into the box. He didn't take time to settle, he just struck an angled shot at goal and watched as his effort curled into the far netting.

    It was a big goal, a world class pass and strike. Yet, it was quite possibly the biggest goal of Barcelona's season. When Neymar does score, he does so when needed.

    Neymar started Barcelona's La Liga match on Saturday on the bench, but he was able to see a few minutes on the pitch.

    The Brazilian likely started on the bench due to the club's upcoming Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid. He was subbed on for Pedro in the 80th minute but had little time to make an impact.

    The 22-year-old managed to get off a single shot and win a dribble, but his impact on the match was minute.

Lionel Messi

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    Manu Fernandez

    The Argentine ace helped Barcelona take all three points against Real Betis by scoring a brace and making things difficult for his defenders all match long.

    After some fancy moves from Alexis Sanchez, which drew the defense in, Barcelona were awarded a penalty early on. Messi stepped up and calmly slotted the ball past Antonio Adan to give the Catalans the lead and a cushion.

    As the game progressed, Barcelona would find themselves locked in a tight battle with their visitors. Real Betis put the pressure on, but Messi and company would not be denied.

    A second penalty was awarded in the second half and Messi walked up to the line again.

    This time the 26-year-old saw his shot saved by the keeper. However, the rebound fell right to Messi who put an effort back at goal which found it's way over the line.

    By the time the final whistle had sounded Messi had scored a brace from five shots, while he also won four dribbles. It wasn't the best night Messi has ever had, but it was still a bright display from the Blaugrana ace. 

    Messi's night against Atletico Madrid was much more subdued. He got off a few shots, won a couple of dribbles but he was not able to get into the game as much as he would have liked.

Gareth Bale

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    Andres Kudacki

    If you want goals, you've got them. This week Gareth Bale again showed why Real Madrid made him the most expensive player in the world when he scored in both matches for Los Blancos.

    In Real Madrid's 3-0 Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund Bale's skills were on display for the world to see.

    The 24-year-old managed to open up the scoring after only three minutes of play and stayed active all match long. Bale managed to get off five shots against the Germans and paired up well with Ronaldo to cause havoc for the defense.

    Bale was not done there, however, as he also came up big on Saturday scoring a screamer in Real Madrid's 4-0 victory over Real Sociedad.

    Midway through the second half Real Madrid were riding their 1-0 lead in a heated contest with their Basque hosts. That was, of course, until Bale showed up.

    The Welshman received the ball well outside the box after a mistake from keeper Claudio Bravo and immediately turned his gaze towards goal.

    Bale settled the ball and blasted an effort back at the goal which tucked inside the bottom corner beating the keeper and doubling the lead for Los Blancos. It was the type of goal fans have grown used to with Bale, yet it was spectacular nonetheless.

    The 24-year-old finished the match having taken five shots and winning three dribbles. His pace and dribbling made him a constant threat and Real Sociedad had little answer for him at Anoeta.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Andres Kudacki

    Cristiano Ronaldo was an absolute monster when Real Madrid took on Borussia Dortmund in midweek.

    The Portuguese winger managed to score a wonderful goal to seal the victory for Los Blancos and extend his scoring streak in the Champions League. He could have had at least one or two more goals to his name but was a bit unlucky.

    Ronaldo finished the game having gotten off four shots and winning four dribbles, but his night did not end well.

    The 29-year-old had to leave the pitch early with a knock that kept him out of Real Madrid's weekend match against Real Sociedad. It doesn't seem as though the injury will keep him out of anymore games, but it was a scary moment for Los Blancos.


    Who had the best week? What do next week's Champions League matches have in store for the La Liga stars? Leave your thoughts and comments below!