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Ronaldo, Messi Restore Faith to Soccer Fans

Posted: Oct. 10th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

It's great to see Madrid and Barcelona back to actually playing soccer rather than what had recently been more like group MMA fighting. The 2-2 tie between the powerhouse teams offered a great ticompare and contrast situation between their superstars Messi and Ronaldo.

The meetings between Barcelona and Real Madrid had become less and less about football lately, dominated instead by sideshows centered on ugly accusations, red cards and infamous eye pokes.

That was until Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo combined Sunday to return one of football's greatest rivalries to its rightful place, matching each other with a pair of two-goal performances that fully lived up to their stature as the best players in the world.

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