Cristiano Ronaldo wouldn’t be denied his moment in the spotlight with the Spanish Super Cup prize despite playing just 24 minutes of the home and away matches.
The Portuguese star began five-match stint on the sidelines after being slapped with a five-match ban in a corporate box with his pregnant girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez by his side at the Bernabeu.
And as he watched on his replacements shone.
First it was Marco Asensio with a fourth-minute stunner and then Karim Benzema, so often forced to watch on himself from the bench, joining the party with a sublime show of power – and some helpful Barca defending.
That put Real Madrid 5-1 up on aggregate, which is how it finished.
Ronaldo wore all black, including a T-shirt and cap, but changed into a white home shirt for the celebrations on the pitch, joined by his son Cristiano Jr.
Earlier in the day he slammed Spanish authorities’ decision to uphold his five-match ban – one game for a second yellow card send off and four more for his push on the referee in the first leg.
He said the ban was “exaggerated and ridiculous” after he was given the minimum for contact the referee when the maximum for the offense was said to be 12 matches.
The Portuguese also labelled the turned down appeal of his ban as “persecution” in an explosive Instagram post.
In a post translated from Portuguese before tonight’s second Super Cup leg, he said on Instagram: “Impossible to be immune to this situation, 5 games!
“It seems to me exaggerated and ridiculous, this is called persecution!
“Thanks to my teammates for the support and the fans.”
Ronaldo will return for Real Madrid on September 19 against Real Betis.