"We do not know his limits," Vilanova said of the
"I think we will never see another player like this. He is the best in the world by far."
Vilanova added that Ronaldo would be 'more recognised' if his career had not coincided with Messi's.
As always between the arch-rivals, tensions frequently looked in danger of boiling over.
Visiting defender Pepe accused
"He said he does not want to discuss referees, yet he has," Vilanova said of his opposite number. "If you talk about referees you should talk about all actions, not a few in particular."
On Pepe's claims of simulation against Iniesta, Vilanova quipped: "We should make a video of all his fouls and actions."
Vilanova's side headed into the game eight points clear of the champion and boasting a 100 per cent record from its first six matches.
The result allowed Atletico Madrid to join Barca at the summit of La Liga thanks to its 2-1 home win over Malaga in the late kick-off, but Vilanova remained more than satisfied with his team's start to the campaign.
"Of course we always think that we have to win games and in the end I thought we could have," he told www.fcbarcelona.cat. "We had late chances with (
"If at the beginning of the season we were told that we would be eight points ahead (of Madrid) at this stage we would have taken that."
Barca confirmed after the match that wing-back
Ronaldo also picked up a knock, with Madrid revealing on its website that the
Both sides had decent penalty shouts turned down at the start of the second half,
"The referee is good, but made one mistake at a certain moment," Mourinho said. "It can happen to anyone. I will not mention the penalty."
The Portuguese added: "It was a great game that either team could have won."
Fiorentina has confirmed the signing of veteran goalkeeper Gustavo Munua from Levante on a two-year contract.