Neymar scored four goals and set up another in Barcelona's 5-2 win over Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish league on Saturday, while Cristiano Ronaldo led Real Madrid with a goal and an assist in a 3-0 victory over Levante.
The results left the Spanish powerhouses provisionally atop the league standings with 18 points from eight matches, with Madrid ahead on goal difference. Villarreal is two points behind but can regain the lead when it hosts fourth-place Celta on Sunday.
Neymar converted penalty kicks in the 22nd and 32nd minutes after twice being brought down inside the area, then added two more in the 69th and 70th after passes by Luis Suarez. The Uruguay striker netted Barcelona's fifth goal after a cross by Neymar in the 77th.
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