Barcelona defender Dani Alves took to social media just hours after Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to aim a veiled dig at the Brazil international, posting a picture of his trophy haul.
The full-back added a number of emojis to accompany the tweet, which could be perceived as a response to a recent interview given by Ronaldo.
😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 "Buenos días" pic.twitter.com/onrczT0xRY— Daniel Alves (@DaniAlvesD2) January 18, 2016
Ronaldo was asked about Alves' recent comments on the media, in which he appeared to imply there was a bias toward Real Madrid, and the Portuguese seemed to suggest Alves was using his name to create news, per ESPN FC:
I prefer not to give anyone free publicity. I have never spoken about [Alves] in my interviews. If I want to talk badly about a fellow professional, I will speak with him, not in the media to promote myself. Everyone talks about Cris, then it comes out on the front of the newspaper.
It would not be the first time senior players from Barca and Real have had digs at each other, with Spain internationals Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos extending the bad feeling between the bitter rivals.
Pique tweeted a set of crying and laughing emoji faces after Los Blancos' Copa del Rey game with Cadiz in December, in which the suspended Denis Cheryshev was played:
😂😂😂😭😭😭😂😂😂— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) December 2, 2015
Ramos took offence to the act from his compatriot, and radio station Onda Cero (h/t Sport) claimed the defender contacted the Barca star for an explanation over the Twitter post. Pique responded: "You know me, I found it funny," according to Sport.
Alves has previously commented about Ronaldo, proclaiming the Portugal superstar is not in the same class as team-mate Lionel Messi.
Speaking to ESPN (h/t Aaron Flanagan of the Mirror) in the summer, the fiery Brazilian said:
Messi is much better than Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi influences the game, Cristiano doesn't. He doesn't influence the game beyond scoring goals and being involved in a few actions. Messi is influential—he plays, scores and makes assists. Messi has a divine gift, Cristiano is about work.
Alves also claimed Neymar should have finished ahead of Ronaldo in the recent voting for the Ballon d'Or, as reported by ESPN FC, saying: "It surprised me that [Neymar] did not finish second, but they cry when I say these things and speak my mind."
It is no surprise factions from Spain's two biggest teams quarrel when the opportunity presents itself in public.
Alves has always been an outspoken member of the Barca party, and Ronaldo's name will always generate conflict.
The two players will have to wait a few months to settle the score on the pitch in La Liga, with the next Clasico scheduled for April 3.