Almost all El Clasico games come with their own drama as the two Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid stop at nothing to get the best over their rivals.
While the countdown to April 2 when the next instalment of Clasico will be served continues, 366football.com goes down the memory lane to bring back five classic Clasico games that has stood out in the over 170 editions that been played
The Massacre: Real Madrid 11-1 Barcelona (1943)
This is the most one-sided and highest goal scoring Clasico of all times.
In 1943, Real Madrid took on Barcelona in the Copa Del Generalissimo (now the Copa Del Rey), with Barcelona having a 3-0 advantage into the match, after winning the first leg.
However, they were paid a visit by one of General Franco’s ministers before the game, where he reminded them how “displeased” Franco would be if Real Madrid’s honour was not upheld during the game.
It is not proven whether Barcelona played soft or Real Madrid turned on style for the massive result.
Ronaldinho Show at Santiago Bernabeau : Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona (2005)
In an astonishing Barcelona performance, Ronaldinho netted a brace against Real Madrid at the Bernabeau in 2005. His performance on the night was so breath-taking that even Real Madrid fans were on their feet to applaud the midfielder after the final whistle.
It remains to be seen if Ronaldo or any in the Real Madrid squad will be accorded such rare honour after 90 minutes of action at Camp Nou this Saturday.
Barcelona Give Real Madrid A Guard Of Honour: Real Madrid 4-1 Barcelona (2008)
In 2008, Real Madrid had already sealed the La Liga title under Bernd Schuster, while Barcelona limped to third position in the league. Before the match began, Barcelona gave Real a guard of honour, applauding the champions onto the pitch. Raul, Arjen Robben, Gonzalo Higuain and Ruud Van Nistelrooy scored in the 4-1 thrashing.
Madrid Beaten Black & Blue Before Home Fans: Real Madrid 2-6 Barcelona (2009)
A year after Real Madrid dominated Barcelona, Pep Guardiola’s treble-winning team handed Los Blancos their worst home defeat of all time, after Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry both scored braces to ensure that Real were prepared for a long-running string of defeats against the best team of the 21st century.
Jose Mourinho Humiliated In His First Clasico: Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid (2010)
In Jose Mourinho’s first El Clasico, he was handed the heaviest defeat of his career in the match that came to be known as “the little hand” or Manita when Barcelona put five past a Madrid team that had no answer to their sublime brand of football.
Unlike the past years the next El Clasico is not in any way a decider as Barcelona enjoy a 10 points gap going into the game but will be keen to extend that and enjoy a double over their rivals who they had beaten away from home in the earlier contest.
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