Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been rivals for the past decade winning five Ballon d'Or trophies each.
Lionel Messi made sure that Ernesto Valverde's team kept their place at the top of the pile with a mesmerising display.
Lionel Messi had gifted Murtaza with an autographed jersey.
Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d'Or, Cristiano Ronaldo was second, with France and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann completing the podium.
Luka Modric will be hoping to finally end the 10-year Ballon d'Or duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Victory for Barcelona took them back to the top of La Liga, in front of Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, who were each held to 1-1 draws.
The average annual basic first-team salary at Barcelona was more than 10.45 million pounds in late November of the 2018-19 season.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have won the Ballon d'Or five-time each while Paul Pogba won the FIFA World Cup 2018 with France.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have won the Ballon d'Or five-time each.
Real Madrid have now posted 4 consecutive victories while the gap behind Barcelona has been reduced to four points.
Barcelona sit three points clear at the top of La Liga and will hope for another victory against 14th-placed Betis.
Philippe Coutinho sustained the injury on his left leg during Barcelona's UEFA Champions clash versus Inter Milan earlier this week.
Barcelona are currently at the top of Group B with maximum points from three games ahead of Inter Milan who lost 2-0 in Spain.
For the first time since 2007 club football's arguably the biggest game, Clasico, will not feature either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
Barcelona's 2-0 win over Inter Milan left them on the brink of a spot in the Champions League last 16.
Barcelona face Inter Milan on Wednesday without their star striker.
Lionel Messi scored and then went off injured as Barcelona beat Sevilla 4-2 at Camp Nou, in a six-goal thriller.
After eight games in La Liga, Barcelona are second with 15 points while Real Madrid are fourth with 14 points.