In amidst all the Champion league action, the time has come for the biggest sports event the world has ever witnessed. Barcelona vs. Real Madrid matches is termed as El Clasico. Earlier, only Spanish league matches were called El Clasico, but now all the matches are termed as El Clasico. The rivalry between these two clubs is known to the world. Their rivalry is not only restricted to the football field itself, the reason, both the clubs hate each other has quite political influence over it. It is one of the most viewed events in the world.
The first El Clasico that was played dates back to 1930s. In the year 1943, Real Madrid beat the Catalonians 11-1 in the 2 nd leg at home in the semi-final of Copa del Generalisimo. This is biggest defeat margin between the clubs till date. In the 1 st leg, the Madrid team was beaten 3-0 by Barca at their home. So, the rivalry between them is becoming fiercer through the generations. As of now, Messi is the top scorer with 21 goals and Real Madrid lead the most number of wins in the El Clasico history.
Alfonso, the former Real and Barca striker
The most recent El Clasico played was a draw. The next match between the clubs is to be played on 24th of April. Giving his views on the upcoming El Clasico, the former Barcelona and Real Madrid striker Alfonso says that with the presence of two greats, Messi and Ronaldo, the battle between the clubs will be even more intriguing.
In an interview, he said, “Nowadays, El Clasico can be seen anywhere around the world. In my time it wasn't like that. Football has developed in every way. On top of that, you have players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Everyone wants to see them playing against each other. Its not just Real Madrid versus Barcelona - but Messi versus Cristiano.
A game between Real Madrid and Barcelona has a huge impact. They both compete for the La Liga title. If you lose one of the games it hurts and if you win its a great joy. At the end of the game some players are left celebrating and others are sad. Its especially important in the eyes of the fans. In football terms, there are just three points at stake – that you could earn at any other point in the season if you miss out.
La Liga Standings
Currently, Real Madrid is leading the La Liga table and are ahead of Barcelona by 3 points, with a game in hand. The last El Clasico played between the two was a draw at 1-1. Real Madrid will be going into the match with great confidence having defeated the mighty Bayern Munich in their last match. Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 100 goals in the Champions League after scoring a perfect hat-trick against Bayern Munich. On the other hand, although, Messi has been in his top form, Barcelona have struggled to maintain consistency. They are coming on the back of the defeat to Juventus. Messi didn’t look in the best of forms against the old lady and had just 1 shot on target. Barca would be rather looking to get into confidence by winning the El Clasico. If Barcelona wins this match then they will come in level with Real in terms of points, but Real would still have one game in hand. It would be an away game for the Catalonians and would be a tough game for them, considering their not so good away form. Real Madrid will have a chance to extend their lead and more or less crown themselves, the champions of La Liga.