With Barcelona already Spanish league champion and Madrid focused on its Champions League final later this month, it was supposed to be the most low-key "clasico" in years.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi reportedly called centre referee Hernandez Hernandez sh** in the El Classico 2-2 draw against Real Madrid on Sunday, May 6. The home fans were raging as the half-time whistle blew but, with Marco Asensio on for Ronaldo, they were celebrating eight minutes after the restart.
But Ronaldo's injury will be the key talking point, with the Portugese now facing a fight to recover in time for the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 26.
The match at the Nou Camp ended 2-2 after a series of controversial decisions from referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez.
Ronaldo equalized for Real Madrid in the 14th minute after Luis Suarez had given Barca the lead in the 10th minute while in the second half Messi gave Barca the lead again with an individual effort in the 52nd minute.
The Wales global was handed a rare start in the game as Real Madrid looked to end Barca's unbeaten record in La Liga.
But manager Zinedine Zidane poured cold waters over any such gesture when he clearly stated that they aren't performing the guard of honor, sighting Barcelona's refusal to do it in their last clash when they entered the tie as Club World Cup champions.
Ronaldo started the move by teeing up Toni Kroos on the overlap, the Germany midfielder's cross nodded into the middle by Benzema and the Portugal superstar tapped in on the line despite the close attention of Gerard Pique. "Luckily it hasn't been implemented yet, otherwise we'd both still be playing!" he said. "But I know him a little and I know what he's like", said Ramos.
Suarez appeared to have fouled Raphael Varane in the build-up to Messi's goal and the Uruguayan forward had a goal ruled out for offside three minutes later.
On that play, Messi received a pass from Suarez. "The team made a great effort with 10 against Madrid, we overcame that adversity, but we would have liked to win".