The skippers on each side of the Clasico divide were in fine form on Sunday, though it is Real Madrid who are closing in on becoming Spanish champions
As footballers go, Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos could not be much more different.
One is the ultimate magician with the ball at his feet. The other a true master of the defensive dark arts.
What they have in common, however, is their will to win.
There is an argument to be made that no players want to win more within La Liga than Messi and Ramos. At the very least they are the individuals who most allow their emotions to manifest themselves in their body language on the pitch.
Over the past week, the opposing captains of Real Madrid and Barcelona have found themselves at the heart of the Liga title race.
Messi has been ploughing almost a lone furrow in terms of Barca’s challenge, with Quique Setien’s side failing to inspire for the majority of games post-lockdown.