After spending the last few months being widely ridiculed despite advancing into the Champions League Final, this was a good occasion for Madrid to show exactly why they are still more than capable of being the best team in the world and they did just that - especially in the first half.
And while both teams had reasons for frustration at full-time, Madrid skipper Ramos still found time to laud opposite number Iniesta, an global team-mate with Spain.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, are in third and still have the Champions League final with Liverpool to look forward to. Here are the three main talking points from Camp Nou. Ronaldo's injury, however, coupled with Barcelona avoiding defeat, despite playing a man down for the whole of the second half, meant the Catalans departed the happier side.
With Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez on the bench and Isco soon to come back from injury, it appears unlikely that Bale will be given many more starts and his future at the club is looking more insecure than ever.
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"Our quest continues to finish the league without a loss", said Andres Iniesta, who played his 38th and final game against Madrid before he leaves the club after 16 seasons this summer.
The duo had made a history between them-scoring a record 1,000 goals for their respective clubs in all completions.
He was, however, to level just four minutes later, with the ball bundled home after Karim Benzema had nodded back across the face of goal.
Madrid was stamping its authority on the contest, Ronaldo heading over and drilling wide of the post either side of being denied at close range by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
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Barcelona began to lose its composure and Jordi Alba shoved Luka Modric before both Suarez and Sergio Ramos were booked for a tussle.
Ronaldo stayed on the bench and, without its star, Madrid couldn't impose its numerical advantage. Marcelo fell down and the referee didn't hesitate in flashing the red card.
Although it was a man light, Barca regained the lead thanks to a sensational Lionel Messi goal, his 26th in this fixture, but Madrid felt Suarez fouled Raphael Varane in the build-up.
"Clasicos should be played like this, it was a handsome game", Suarez told reporters.
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Barcelona's players held an impromptu celebration on the pitch for the result and its domestic double, with the coaching staff giving them the guard of honor that Madrid's players declined to do before kickoff. Real Madrid wasted the opportunity to cut the deficit to second-placed Atletico Madrid, who were stunned by Espanyol 0-2 earlier in the day.