After all the hype about Pep Guardiola returning to face his former club, Lionel Messi made sure it was no contest.
Cristiano Ronaldo was kept waiting for his 100th career goal in European club competitions as Real Madrid swept to a 5-1 victory over Legia Warsaw in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Manchester United's defensive tactics blunted Liverpool's prolific attack as England's two most illustrious teams toughed out a 0-0 draw in the Premier League on Monday.
Dallas' Carlos Ruiz stabbed home Mauro Diaz's flick pass in the 89th minute to give the hosts a 2-1 victory over Seattle on Sunday, moving back to the top of the overall MLS standings with one round to play.
Cesare Prandelli enjoyed the perfect start to life in charge of Valencia as Mario Suarez's double lifted Los Che out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win at Sporting Gijon.
Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi can do no right, it seems, and a missed penalty in a 2-1 defeat by Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday won't help at all.
Roma forward Edin Dzeko has a point to prove.
Argentina's pain is Barcelona's gain as Lionel Messi returns for the Spanish champions when Deportivo la Coruna visit the Camp Nou on Saturday after being sidelined for three weeks with a groin injury.
Colorado's Kevin Doyle scored twice to lead the Rapids over San Jose 2-1 on Thursday, taking the MLS overall lead and eliminating the Earthquakes from playoff contention.
Brazil recorded its fourth straight win under is new coach on Tuesday to become the new leader of South America's World Cup qualifying group after 10 matches. Arch rival Argentina, however, was shocked 1-0 at home by Paraguay and is in a precarious fifth place. The two heavyweights will face each other in Brazil in their next games.