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ElClásico: Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona
domingo, octubre 16º 2022, 2:15 pm
El Clasico is not just a football match. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF put on one of the biggest sporting spectacles in the world every season in LaLiga Santander.
It doesn't matter where in the world you are to enjoy the Spanish footballing classic. When the ball starts rolling in El Clasico, the world stops for 90 minutes to watch Real Madrid’s and Barcelona's stars play.
El Clasico is the most hotly anticipated match by football fans the world over and is broadcast in more than 190 countries.
The first El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid played in LaLiga Santander was on 17 February 1929 at Les Corts, Barcelona's old stadium, and ended in a 2-1 win for Real Madrid.
The players who have played the most Clasicos between Barcelona and Real Madrid are Sergio Ramos and Leo Messi with 45 games. The Argentine striker is also the top scorer of all time, with 26 goals in El Clasico.
Since then, LaLiga Santander's El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid has been played 183 times. The statistics are very evenly matched. Real Madrid have come out on top 76 times, whilst Barcelona have beaten their arch-rivals on 72 occasions. The teams have drawn 35 times.
Few players have had the privilege of playing in El Clasico donning both the Real Madrid and FC Barcelona shirts.
These three footballers know all about the pressure of signing for your arch-rivals. Find out more about these legends of LaLiga's El Clasico!
Considered one of the greatest strikers in the history of football, Ronaldo moved to FC Barcelona from PSV Eindhoven in the 1996/97 season. The Brazilian made history in LaLiga, among other things for his goal against SD Compostela in his debut season.
It was not until 2002, with a World Cup and a Ballon d'Or to his name, that the Brazilian star returned to Spain to sign for Real Madrid, where he played until 2007. He won LaLiga with Los Blancos in the 2002/03 season. Ronaldo found the back of the net in El Clasico in both shirts: two in Barcelona's colours and four in Real Madrid's.
If you really want to know about the rivalry inherent in El Clasico, then Luis Figo is the man to talk to. The Portuguese player signed for FC Barcelona in the 1995/96 season and became a key member of the team.
In 2000, Figo signed for Real Madrid and quickly assumed the figurehead role in "Real Madrid's Galacticos". The Portuguese is one of the few players who truly knows what it’s like to suffer the pressures of El Clasico and he also knows what it feels like to score for both teams in this iconic clash of titans, netting three for Barcelona and one for Real Madrid.
Michael Laudrup landed in LaLiga in the 1989/90 season, joining the ranks of FC Barcelona. The Dane played for Los Azulgranas for five seasons, winning LaLiga Santander in four of them.
He decided a change of scenery was in order in 1995/96, opting to switch sides and join his arch-rivals. He completed two seasons at Real Madrid.
In the first of those, Laudrup made the scoresheet in Real Madrid's 5-0 drubbing of Barcelona in El Clasico.
Interestingly, the season before that, the Dane was also involved Barcelona's 5-0 demolition of Real Madrid in that year’s El Clasico.