Photo: The elegant difference between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

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Barcelona routed Cordoba 8-0 with Lionel Messi scoring twice.

Barcelona recorded a whopping 8-0 victory over La Liga minnows Cordoba with Luis Suarez grabbing a hat-trick, Lionel Messi scoring twice and Neymar converting a late penalty.

It was a wonderful performance from the Catalans, and one which puts them one step closer to claiming the title ahead of rivals Real Madrid.

Yet, arguably the biggest talking point of the match occurred in the final five minutes when Argentine superstar Lionel Messi once again proved his great humility in the face of personal glory.

After scoring twice, and thus taking his season tally to 40 goals – one more than former Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo – Barca won a penalty, allowing the playmaker the chance to net once again.

Selflessly and remarkably, however, the 27-year-old instead picked up the ball and handed it to teammate Neymar, giving the Brazilian international the chance to get on the score-sheet.

Not only did Neyamr dispatch the resulting penalty, but Messi’s joy was evident as he celebrated with his teammate displaying a wide smile and a real moment of Barcelona togetherness.

It was a wonderful gesture, and one which illustrates how the four-time Ballon d’Or winner treasures team togetherness and collective awards over personal triumphs.

Ronaldo, on the contrary, clearly favours personal awards and his petulant reaction to Alvaro Arbeloa scoring a tap-in instead of him on Wednesday was rightfully met by a chorus of whistles.

Since trading the Red Devils for Madrid, the Portuguese ace has been in sensational goal scoring form but his popularity is diminishing due to his egocentric behaviour and lack of respect for his teammates.

While Ronaldo will without doubt go down as a goal scoring great, Messi on the other hand will go down as an all-time great, with actions such as today summing up his gracious personality.

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