Cristiano Ronaldo broke his four-game scoring drought with a hat-trick as Real Madrid trounced lowly Málaga 7-0 in La Liga to trim the gap with leaders Barcelona back to seven points.
Lionel Messi netted two typically brilliant goals and a rare header as Barcelona closed to within two points of La Liga leaders Real Madrid, at least for a few hours, with a 4-1 win at Malaga.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi reached another milestone in his incredible career when he broke Gerd Mueller's 39-year-old record of 67 goals in a season for a European top-flight club.
Málaga's Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy announced his retirement, saying at the age of 35 his body could take no more.
Málaga have signed Argentine former Real Madrid and Barcelona striker Javier Saviola on a one-year deal, the Spanish club said in statement.
Argentine striker Javier Saviola scored one and set up a second as Málaga overcame Levante 3-1 at home on Saturday to continue their strong start to the season.
Diego Buonanotte saved Málaga from a potential King's Cup humiliation when he scored twice and created another in a 4-1 comeback win at home to third-tier Eibar that put them through to the last eight.
Rampant unbeaten leaders Barcelona ended the first half of the La Liga season with a record 55 of a possible 57 points when Lionel Messi scored one goal and had a hand in two more in a 3-1 win at Malaga.
Holders Barcelona set up a King's Cup semi-final with their arch-rivals Real Madrid after a thrilling 4-2 second leg win in Málaga today.