That leaves the Champions League as the main head-to-head competition for the two players who have split the last 10 Federation Internationale de Football Association player of the year awards.
The Portuguese's opener in Paris means he now has 15 goals in his last nine games overall and, in the Champions League, has scored in nine consecutive matches, equalling the record of Ruud van Nistelrooy.
And they went down 2-1 at home in the return fixture on Tuesday, bowing out in the first knockout stage for the second season in succession.
Rio de Janeiro, March 7 (IANS) Injured forward Neymar took to social media to show solidarity with his Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) teammates following the team's Champions League elimination. Snubbed for Real's two biggest games of the season so far, the Welshman would appear to have reached a crossroads in his relationship with Zidane, whose explanation afterwards was brief but revealing.
However, with Zidane opting to play both Lucas Vasquez and Marco Asensio instead of Gareth Bale, both fans and critics fear that the 28-year old's career in the Real Madrid white is slowly winding down.
"I think he will have to be there for at least one more year, and then we will see what happens". "I can put any of them out there and they end up doing a good job".
"We're going to hear in the next few months, even next season, indicating Neymar wants to leave PSG, from different angles", Balague told Sky Sports. "We'll speak with the players".
Marquinhos, PSG's Brazilian defender who is a close friend of Neymar, urged him not to turn his back on France with rumors rife that Real is prepared to break the bank to attract the former Barcelona player back to Spain.
He missed the second leg of PSG's round-of-16 tie against Real Madrid due to an ankle injury and Les Parisiens looked bereft of any attacking nous without him.
"We're in for another tough game at a hard place to go, " added Zidane. We needed to keep pressing and playing offensively.
"So today I'm a better tactician than Emery?" he mused at his press conference ahead of a Saturday meeting with Eibar.