Cristiano Ronaldo wishes SNUBBED by Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde ahead of El Clasico

Real Madrid won the Club World Cup last weekend with a 1-0 victory over Gremio.

As a result, reports in Spain claimed Cristiano Ronaldo wanted Barcelona to give his side a guard of honour at the Bernabeu when the two sides go head to head.

A guard of honour involves one team standing on the pitch and welcoming the opposing team, who has just recently won a trophy, onto the pitch prior to kick off.

But Barca boss Valverde says his side have no intention of doing so with the tradition usually only done after winning the domestic league title.

“A [guard of honour] was something done years ago as a symbolic tribute, as recognition between players, when football had not acquired this nuance that is contaminating everything,” Valverde said.

”We do have recognition towards Madrid, for what they have achieved this year. 

“On the notion of a guard of honour, I wouldn’t do it for anyone, nor would I want it to be done for us. It has now has lost the essence that it had a few years ago.”

Barca sit 11 points clear of Madrid going into tomorrow’s clash but Valverde insists both clubs are under the same amount of pressure to get a win.

“We can’t win the title tomorrow, Atletico Madrid are six points behind and that could be down to three,” noted the Spaniard. 

“We will face the match as if it were our last.

“Both of us are under pressure because of what the match means. They go into it behind us, so it is possible [Real feel more pressure], but it is not defining.

“We know that in games of this kind, you have to be attentive to any detail because there are players on the pitch who are so extraordinary who, in any move, can win the game. 

“We must ensure that all the details that can favour us, do just that.

“We have to be very focused to avoid their pressure. In the Supercopa they hurt us with their pressure and we have to overcome it.”