– El Clásico’ since 1902 involved only Spanish tournaments, but these days the term has been broadened to include every single game or fixture between the Los Blancos and Barca
– Aside from the UEFA Champions League Final, El Clásico’ is rated one of football’s biggest fixture worldwide
– Real Madrid currently hold the top position when it comes down trophies as Barcelona are yet to catch up
Literally the term ‘El Clásico’ is Spanish means the “The Classic’ in English language. In the Spanish topflight it is the name used to qualify any football fixture involving domestic rivals Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
At first, El Clásico’ since 1902 involved only Spanish tournaments, but these days the term has been broadened to include every single game or fixture between the Los Blancos and Barca that includes the UEFA Champions League, Copa del Rey, La Liga among others.
Aside from the UEFA Champions League Final, El Clásico’ is rated one of football’s biggest fixture worldwide, and it is popularly known for its intensity and it finds its place among the most followed annual sports events on television as well as online.
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Interestingly, the rivalry between both teams is linked with Spain’s two biggest cities, Madrid and Barcelona, who most times identify with opposing political views, while the Galaticos are seen as representing Spanish nationalism on one hand, Barcelona are seen to be pioneering Catalan position.
Indeed, it was largely known as one of the greatest rivalry in the world of world sport.
At the last count, Real Madrid and Barcelona are ranked among the football’s richest and most successful teams worldwide.
In 2014, Forbes named the duo of Barcelona and Real Madrid as the world’s most valuable sports teams.
Today, they are the most followed sports teams on social media globally and fans are already looking forward to another round of El Clásico when the new Spanish season kicks-off in August 2018.
The new campaign will see Real Madrid and Barcelona square up for 177th time in the La Liga and it will be the 238th both sides are clashing across all competitions.
Despite the last fixture between the two teams ending in a 2-2 draw back in May 2018, Barcelona are behind Real Madrid in some categories when the record books of the two clubs are compared face-to-face, although the Nou Camp outfit enjoy some advantages as well.
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The last time both teams squared up face-to-face was on May 6 and it was the 237th competitive Clasico, although the two teams have met in 34 other fixtures consisting of friendly ties and other exhibition games.
At the moment, the Galaticos enjoy the bragging right when it comes to the face-to-face record, but the difference is very close.
The Los Blancos are three wins above Barca overall as well as two better off in La Liga games.
In other El Clásico rivalry, like the Copa del Rey, Barcelona are on the lead after playing 33 games in the Copa del Rey, while the Los Blancos are ahead when both teams had to be drawn together in the UEFA Champions League or European Cup.
However, in 2008 after Barcelona named Pep Guardiola as manger the records books were turned in favour of the Nou Camp dwellers.
For instance in the La Liga, Barca claimed 12 victories of the Clasicos games under Guardiola, three draws and four losses.
Barca also emerged victorious during the 2010-11 UEFA Champions League semi-final showdown, which remains the first clash between both clubs at Europe’s premier club competition since 2002.
Real Madrid currently hold the top position when it comes down trophies as Barcelona are yet to catch up with the Galaticos total haul despite their dominance the Nou Camp dwellers enjoyed during the reign of Guardiola.
The Los Blancos have claimed the domestic league champions 33 times ahead of Barca’s 26 and it remains a Spanish milestone till date. On the other hand, Real Madrid’s 13 UEFA Champions League is far off when compared to Barca’s five trophies.
However, Barcelona have enjoyed more success story in the Copa del Rey where they have claimed victories, 12 times more than Real Madrid.
But when it comes to the FIFA Club World Cups which started in 2000, both teams are evenly matched as they have had the privilege of winning the trophy thrice.
In addition, in the last three decades since the 1990-91 campaign, Barcelona claimed the Spanish La Liga 15 times to Real Madrid’s eight.
Barca also won European crown five times within the period under review while Madrid are ahead on seven.
Furthermore, the two teams experienced a barren spell during the 1970s and 1980s as English, Italian and German clubs held sway, but the major difference in the teams El Clasico records linked to what happened 20 years before the 70s.
In the mid-50s Real Madrid enjoyed a resounding success in the European Cup after claiming it five times from 1956 to 1960 and winning it again in 1966.
The Los Blancos also showed their superiority in the Spanish topflight after claiming the La Liga silverware 18 times from 1950 and 1980 when compared to Barcelona’s five victories within the same period.
Overall, the Galaticos remains the head-to-head champions in competitive fixtures with 95 victories to Barcelona’s 92, while on the other hand, Barcelona are ahead in total matches won with 112 victory to Real Madrid’s 99.
Presently, Real Madrid and Barcelona alongside Athletic Bilbao are remaining three clubs in La Liga that have never been relegated to the lower ranks of Spanish football.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that supporters of Real Madrid are backing the signing of French star Kylian Mbappe ahead of Brazil’s Neymar after the ongoing World Cup in Russia.
According to the UK Daily Mail report, citing Spain’s Diario AS, revealed that Los Blancos supporters are not comfortable with Neymar’s on and off field antics during his spell at Nou Camp as well as his tendency to become a big headed, are giving the Galaticos faithful to consider discontinuing the deal to land the Brazilian.
However, after watching French forward Mbappe in action against Argentina’s Albestie during the last-16 round at the ongoing World Cup, the Los Blancos fans desire to see 19-year-old forward at the Santiago Bernabeu instead of Neymar.
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