No Ronaldo no problem as Real Madrid defeated bitter rivals Barcelona 2-0 in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup to claim a thumping 5-1 aggregate win.
Ronaldo received a five-game ban for shoving the referee after he was red-carded in the first leg but Zinedine Zidane’s men showed no signs of weakness as they swept Barca aside with another swashbuckling play.
With the victory, Real Madrid has now lifted seven trophies in the 20 months since the French legend took charge.
The home side went ahead after wonder boy, Marco Asensio, just as in the first leg, fired in from distance to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen in Barca goal.
Real doubled their lead when Karim Benzema, who was fantastic in the game , nipped in front of Samuel Umtiti before firing a volley into the bottom corner.
The Catalans tried to fight their way back but was unlucky after Messi and Suarez both hit the crossbar.
And there could be even worse news to come for Barca as Suarez ended the game visibly suffering from a knee injury that Valverde said will be assessed on Thursday.