Following a highly-entertaining 4-3 loss to La Liga rival Barcelona, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was not shy about his displeasure regarding the way El Clásico was officiated. Watching as Lionel Messi notched two penalty goals was certainly disconcerting to the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or Award winner but because he felt the calls were unwarranted, CR7 grew irate that Madrid suffered their first defeat in 32 matches in that fashion. While Los Blancos were awarded with their fair share of penalties as well since the match was officiated in a tight and controlling manner, Ronaldo said after the contest that it's possible many do not want Real Madrid to win the competitive Spanish Primera Division.

“It is difficult because a lot of people did not want us to win and Barcelona would have been out of it, he said following the loss. “Maybe they don't want Real Madrid to win this Liga. I've been here for five years, so I know how a lot of things are and I hope to win it regardless of this. It's a feeling of sadness after being up 3-2 and controlling the game. The referee made some unbelievable decisions, but you have to carry on. There were a lot of errors in one match and in a Real Madrid-Barcelona match you have to have a referee who is up to the game. I don't want to look for excuses but if you look at the 90 minutes the referee made a lot of mistakes.”

Citing penalty calls against teammates Sergio Ramos and Xavi Alonso which were handed down by official Alberto Undiano Mallenco, Ronaldo wasn't shy about his belief that the experienced referee was not up for the highly important match even though Mallenco owns extensive experience in World Cup and UEFA Champions League competition. In addition to those career ventures, Mallenco was also named Spain's top referee in 2005 and 2007 but Cristiano Ronaldo was not sold on his ability to call a contest between two of the sport's biggest rivals.

“In my opinion he was not up to a match of this stature,” Ronaldo noted. “I looked at him and he was pale, that's because he was so nervous and he was unable to make the right decisions. Real Madrid is the biggest club and that creates a lot of envy around it. You can say that treatment is the same, but it's not.”

While Ronaldo was clearly unhappy following the loss, Barcelona star Gerard Pique was pleased with his teams performance throughout the contest. Earning three crucial points to pull within one of La Liga leaders Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, Pique and company now have a stronger chance of leapfrogging both parties. Despite the 90-minute triumph however, the Barca defender didn't believe the opinions of Cristiano Ronaldo were warranted.

“It's a shame that Ronaldo is complaining about the referee again after such a great game,” he said. “It is unfair to talk about the referee. He did not have any influence on the final result.”