Ronaldo winner breaks Barcelona’s 39-game unbeaten run

Photo credit: AFP

Photo credit: AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo struck the winner as 10-man Real Madrid came from behind to end Barcelona’s 39-game unbeaten run 2-1 in El Clasico at the Camp Nou on Saturday.

Gerard Pique’s towering header put the hosts in front on the night they honored legendary former player and coach Johan Cruyff.

Yet, Karim Benzema quickly leveled before Ronaldo fired home five minutes from time after Madrid captain Sergio Ramos had seen the 21st red card of his career.

Over 90,000 Barcelona fans took part in a spectacular pre-match display in honor of legendary former player and coach Johan Cruyff ahead of El Clasico against Real Madrid on Saturday.

The display read “Thank you Johan” alongside a Barca jersey with the number 14 the Dutch great wore during his playing career.

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A video dedication of Barca’s greats, including the club’s most successful ever coach Pep Guardiola, thanking Cruyff was played before a minute’s silence was held in his honor before kick-off.

Cruyff’s son Jordi — a former Barca player himself — was joined by seven former Barcelona presidents in the directors’ box.

As a player Cruyff ended Barca’s 14-year wait to win La Liga in 1974.

However, his greatest achievements with the club came as a coach as he won four consecutive league titles between 1990 and 1994.

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