It is the most anticipated match of the yr in Spain, and one among the most watched in the world. When FC Barcelona and Real Madrid go face to face, the spectacle is assured. Even if it’s not at all times very fairly …
If the nice gamers are revealed in the large conferences, Lionel Messi is certainly one among the giants, regardless of his meter 70. For the Argentinian participant educated at FC Barcelona, the conferences towards Real Madrid have at all times had a particular taste. He revealed himself in entrance of the world by signing a hat-trick for his very first clasico (3-3 in Barcelona). He was solely … 19 years outdated! And the quantity 10 hasn’t slowed down since, changing into the prime scorer in the historical past of the clasico. With 26 targets, he’s effectively forward of the two Real Madrid legends Alfredo Di Stéfano and Cristiano Ronaldo, who every whole 18 targets. And as the comparability between the two is inevitable, allow us to specify that Messi performed 39 clasicos, and Ronaldo 31. Suddenly, by averaging, we see that Messi has scored 0.68 targets / sport, and Ronaldo 0.6. On the different hand, by way of assists, there is no such thing as a photograph: Ronaldo has signed just one, and Messi … 14! The king of clasico, it is him !
Cardboard for Sergio Ramos!
On the different hand, the Real Madrid captain additionally stands out, however not by way of targets, essentially. He remains to be typically the focus, particularly throughout the -numerous- moments of stress that punctuate the match. Always in dangerous luck, Ramos has an unbelievable present for escaping the patrol (his judo catch on Mo Salah in the Champions League closing didn’t even earn him a yellow card), however nonetheless commonly has the proper to his toast throughout the clasico. Between too robust tackles (typically on Messi), manly and never very right grapples with different gamers (typically Pique or Suarez, regular) and complications with the referee physique, we are able to at all times depend on him to make the present. Not typically the proper means, although …
And it’s not this season that it’ll appeal to much less consideration, making ready to beat the file for the variety of participations in the clasico, which he had already equaled final March (42). The subsequent assembly will due to this fact be the forty third of his profession. Another file for him, who already has the variety of pink playing cards in La Liga: 20!
If the rivalry between the two most profitable golf equipment in Spain essentially provides extra tense encounters than a thong on a seashore in Ibiza, the unbelievable gamers who’ve adopted each other beneath each tunics (Raúl, Zidane, Puskás Ronaldhino, Xavi , Iniesta …) have at all times identified find out how to give a spectacle, and sometimes very loopy scores, removed from the closed and insipid 0-0 that can provide the conferences with excessive stakes. In the Nineties, for instance, the dream staff by Johan Cruyff exploded Real Madrid 5-0 on January 8, 1994. But on January 7, 1995, this time it was Real Madrid who gained 5-0, with the Danish Michael Laudrup at the helm, who performed the yr earlier than … at FC Barcelona.
And 5-0, the well-known manita (“small hand” in Spanish, like the variety of fingers used to point out the rating) appears to be the typical results of the clasico! For DiStefano’s first with Real Madrid in 1953, the Merengues gained 5-0. For that of Johan Cruyff as a participant with Barça in 1974, this time the Catalan membership gained 5-0. And then there’s the manita that Barcelona went to inflict on Madrid on their residence floor in 2010, Pep Guardiola’s staff humiliating that of Mourinho … Already in 2009, Barcelona had already gained at the Santiago Bernabeu 6-2 … in 1916, we even discover a fully loopy rating: 6-6!
Also off the subject, there’s typically a spectacle. Under the period of Guardiola and Mourinho, the clasicos had actually turn into basic, with seven clashes throughout the 2010-11 season. But the matches turn into pugilats, with Pepe and Ramos placing blows, David Villa, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta and Dani Alves who roll on the floor and add three tons to every contact … watching soccer or a combat in a playground. Suddenly Mourinho, then coach of Real, will get concerned, and can put his finger … in the eye of the assistant coach of Barça, Tito Vilanova:
For years, the clasicos resembled these rat race, with skirmishes, simulations, provocations and different inconveniences. But nothing as heat as the welcome reserved for Luis Figo, the Portuguese participant who in 2002 dared to go away Barça to hitch the enemy from Madrid. He is probably not the first, however will turn into the one who unleashed the most anger. And his return to Barcelona’s Camp Nou has remained well-known, with tons of projectiles thrown at him as he takes corners! plastic or glass bottles (!), cash, lighters, and even … a pig’s head! An picture that has remained well-known, and has turn into one among the many symbols of the clasico:
To vibrate in entrance of the clasico, meet this Wednesday, December 18 at 8:00 p.m. on beIN SPORTS 1, accessible out of your SFR field.