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If you are an El Clasico fan, join us in the following article to review El Clasico history.

El Clasico is a term given to any match between

Spain

’s most famous and bitterest rivals

Real Madrid

and

Barcelona

. Originally it referred only to those competitions held in the Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Primera Division, commonly known as La Liga, but these days, the term has been generalized, including every single match between the two teams.

Other than UEFA Champions League Final, El Clasico is the most looked forward to the event on the club calendar. The rivalry comes from Barcelona and Madrid that are the two biggest cities in Spain, and also, Madrid and Barcelona are identified with opposing political positions.

The two clubs are among the most successful and wealthiest football clubs in football history, and on social media, they are the two most followed sports teams in the world. Real Madrid has the most La Liga triumphs with 34 (Barcelona 26), and Barcelona boasts the most Copa del Rey titles with 30 (Real Madrid 19). The Whites are the most successful team in UEFA Champions League history (13 compared to 5 for Barca). 

In recent years the rivalry proliferated with

Lionel Messi

at Barcelona and

Cristiano Ronaldo

at Real Madrid, but with the departure of CR7, football fans lost their incredible duel. Still, the Blaugrana and the Los Blancos will remain the two great clubs that football players cannot say no to, and El Clasico is among the most viewed annual sporting events. Stay tuned to read more about

El Clasico history

.

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All you need to know about El Clasico history

In the following article, we will have a look at El Clasico history, including

El Clasico meaning

, best moments, and best matches. So, without wasting any further time, let's start.

El Clasico Meaning

El Clasico is a Spanish word that means 'The Classic' in English. In Catalan, it is known as El Classic. The El Clasico matches are deemed to be the pinnacle of Spanish football. Generally, it is the country's classic' encounter. It means much more than just a game since it is a symbol of the Civil War divide of Spain.

It is worth mentioning that the use of El Clasico is a recent phenomenon that has entered the lexicon of Spanish football in the mid-2000s. Before this, the match between Real Madrid and Barcelona was referred to as El Derbi (The Derby) or sometimes described as 'Madrid-Barca' or 'Barca-Madrid.'

Real Madrid and Barcelona are located in different parts of Spain. The question that may come to football fans' minds is that why are they rivals? During the Spanish Civil War, the rivalry between the two clubs intensified, and it increased in years. During the Civil War Catalunya was a republican homeland, while Madrid was the seat of establishment power.

El Clasico Winners History

In this part of our article on

El Clasico history

, we will review

El Clasico winners history

since 1902. In La Liga, Real Madrid has been dominating Barcelona since 1929. Los Blancos and the Catalans have played 181 La Liga matches so far. Out of which, the Whites has won 74 games while Barcelona has won 72. Also, 35 Matches have ended in a draw.

Here is a complete list of El Clasico winners history in all competitions.

La Liga

  • 181 matches

  • Real Madrid:

    74 wins

  • Barcelona:

    72 wins

  • Draws:

    35

Copa del Rey

  • 35 matches

  • Real Madrid:

    12 wins

  • Barcelona:

    15 wins

  • Draws:

    8

Copa de la Liga

  • 6 matches

  • Real Madrid:

    0 win

  • Barcelona:

    2 wins

Draws:

4

Supercopa de Espana

  • 14 matches

  • Real Madrid:

    8 wins

  • Barcelona:

    4 wins

Draws:

2

Copa de la Coronacion

  • 1 matche

  • Real Madrid:

    0 win

  • Barcelona:

    1 win

Draws:

0

UEFA Champions League

  • 8 matches

  • Real Madrid:

    3 wins

  • Barcelona:

    2 wins

Draws:

3

All competition

  • 245 matches

  • Real Madrid:

    97 wins

  • Barcelona:

    96 wins

  • Draws:

    52

Exhibition games

  • 33 matches

  • Real Madrid:

    4 wins

  • Barcelona:

    19 wins

  • Draws:

    10

All matches

  • 278 matches

  • Real Madrid:

    101 wins

  • Barcelona:

    115 wins

  • Draws:

    62

It is worth mentioning that since Pep Guardiola was appointed as Barca's manager in the summer of 2008, the tide has been turning. Stay tuned to read more about El Clasico history.

El Clasico best matches

Barcelona vs Real Madrid is one of the significant matches all around the world. At least twice a season, Barca goes head-to-head with the Whites. From Last-minute game-winners to red cards and receiving a standing ovation by away fans there are some of El Clasico's fascinating moments.

Both teams have been better than others in some matches, and some El Clasico games were unforgettable. In this part of our article, we will concentrate on

El Clasico best matches.

Real Madrid 2-6 Barcelona

  • 2nd May 2009

Before this El Clasico game, none of the teams had scored more than five goals away from home. When the Catalans came to the Santiago Bernabeu on 2nd May 2009, they were going to win a historic treble, and they played in a way that few fans forgot.

In that game, Barcelona smashed the Whites with six goals at their home. Perhaps in the history of Barcelona, ​​fewer teams have played the level of football. At the time, Los Blancos did not have CR7, but the squad was one of the greatest teams in history. Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi scored twice each, and Xavi Hernandez provided four assists for his teammates. 

It was one of the best games Barcelona played under Pep Guardiola while Real Madrid could do nothing but watch as Barca created more chances.

Real Madrid 3-4 Barcelona

  • La Liga (March, 2014)

This La Liga game was one of the best El Clasico of the decade. The match had just about everything, including

Ramos

red card, a Messi hat-trick, and three penalties. Everything began in the seventh minute, and during 90 minutes, the amount of drama crammed was ludicrous at the Bernabeu.

Andres Iniesta's goal put Barca ahead until a brace from

Benzema

turned things around. Just before the halftime break, Messi restored parity, but Ronaldo's penalty put the Whites ahead. In the 63rd minute, Ramos received a red card for hauling

Neymar

down, and with two penalties, Messi completed his hat-trick.

Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona

  • Copa Del Ray Final 2014

This game was one of the well-remembered matches due to the moments that took place within it. Generally, A Real Madrid vs Barcelona match in any final is a huge deal. When the two giants of the world prepared to meet each other in the Copa del Rey's final, football fans' eyes were on this game. Due to injury, Cristiano Ronaldo was absent. 

Angel Di Maria fired the Whites ahead, but Marc Bartra's goal tied the game. But this was not the end, and Bale's goal made the Whites champion. That goal was one of the all-time great goals in the history of El Clasico. Gareth Bale, El Clasico's most expensive ever player, was one of the best players in this match.

Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid

  • Copa Del Ray Final 2014

This game was one of the well-remembered matches due to the moments that took place within it. Generally, A Real Madrid vs Barcelona match in any final is a huge deal. When the two giants of the world prepared to meet each other in the Copa del Rey's final, football fans' eyes were on this game. Due to injury, Cristiano Ronaldo was absent. 

Angel Di Maria fired the Whites ahead, but Marc Bartra's goal tied the game. But this was not the end, and Bale's goal made the Whites champion. That goal was one of the all-time great goals in the history of El Clasico. Gareth Bale, El Clasico's most expensive ever player, was one of the best players in this match.

Barcelona 2-0 Real Madrid

  • Champions League semi-final 2010/11

Undoubtedly the Champions League is the biggest club competition worldwide. Real Madrid and Barcelona rarely meet in the Champions League. For the first leg of the tie, the Catalans traveled to Madrid, and as they won the game, the Catalans went on to shock the home fans.

It was the night that a little Argentinian magician, Lionel Messi, scored two goals and showed the world why he was one of the greatest football players in the world. His second goal was one of his best goals ever.

Barcelona reached the final and beat Manchester United, winning their second Champions League title in three years. 

El Clasico Biggest Wins

In this part of Sportmob'a article on El Clasico history, we will review

El Clasico biggest wins

.

Real Madrid 11-1 Barcelona (Copa del Rey) 19 June 1943

There are many stories about the result. Some believe that due to the Franco era in Spain, the Catalan players were forced to lose, while some say the result did not have a problem. Blaugrana could win Copa del Ray's first leg by 3-0 at home. The two giants met each other in the 2nd leg at Madrid, where Barca was trashed by the whites 11-1 in that game. In the first half, Real scored eight times. Despite winning in El Clasico, the Whites failed to win the Copa del Rey title.

Real Madrid 8-2 Barcelona (La Liga) 3 February 1935

For the last four years, Barcelona had not experienced any victory against Real in the La Liga game. In the 14th minute, Jamie Lazcano scored The Whites' first goal, and He went on to score a hattrick. In this El Clasico match, Sanudo scored four goals, the most goals by a player in El Clasico. Reguiero scored Real's last goal.

Barcelona 7-2 Real Madrid (La Liga) 24 September 1950

In this game, Barcelona hosted the Whites at Camp de Les Corts. The Catalans scored seven times as Nicolau, and Aurelio scored a brace for Barca. For Real Madrid, Moloney and Garcia scored two goals.

Barcelona 6-1 Real Madrid (Copa del Rey) 19 May 1957

In the 1957 Copa del Rey's quarterfinals, Barcelona and Real Madrid met each other. Blaugrana hosted the second leg as the first leg finished in a 2-2 draw. Eulogio Martinez netted four times, and Kubala & Villaverde scored one for the Catalans. With Ferran Olivella’s own goal, the game ended in 6-1.

Real Madrid 6-1 Barcelona (La Liga) 18 September 1949

After winning two consecutive La Liga titles, Blaugrana met Real Madrid in the 1949-50 season. In the first four minutes of the game, Barca conceded two goals. Olmedo and Cabrera netted the goals for Madrid. Pahino and Macala scored two times, and the game finished in a 6-1 win for the Whites. Barca scored their only goal in the 85th minutes.

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El Clasico Top Scorers List

Since Barcelona and Real Madrid are the two biggest clubs in Europe, great players such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alfredo Di Stefano, and Raul have played in these teams since their inception. Let's review

El Clasico top scorers list

.

  • Raul

    — Real Madrid (15)

  • Cesar

    — Barcelona (14)

  • Francisco Gento

    — Real Madrid (14)

  • Ferenc Puskas

    — Real Madrid (14)

  • Luis Suarez 

    — Barcelona (12)

  • Santillana

    — Real Madrid (12)

  • Hugo Sanchez

    — Real Madrid (10)

  • Juanito

    — Real Madrid (10)

  • Josep Samitier

    — Barcelona and Real Madrid (10)

  • Karim Benzema

    — Real Madrid (9)

Lionel Messi 

Barcelona (26)

Alfredo Di Stefano

Real Madrid (18)

Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid (18)

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El Clasico Best Moments

We round up our article on El Clasico history with a review of some of

El Clasico best moments

.

  • In 2005 El Clasico, Ronaldinho, the Brazilian legend, had an extraordinary performance. In Barcelona's 3-0 win against the Whites, the former Barcelona footballer scored a brace. In that season, Ronaldinho helped Barcelona to win the league title. Ronaldinho’s second goal made the Whites fans get up from their seat and applauded him.

  • The 19-year-old Messi's first hat trick was one of El Clasico's memorable moments. Oleguer Presas was sent off, and Barca became ten men. Messi's third goal in stoppage time ended at a 3-3 draw.

  • Luis Figo's transfer from Barcelona to Real Madrid was difficult for Barca's fans. He was one of the Catalans' best midfielders, scoring 45 goals in 246 appearances. Figo helped Barca to win two consecutive La Liga titles and two Copa del Rey titles. After he moved to Real Madrid, Barca fans became furious, and when the Portuguese went on to play against Barcelona in 2002 El Clasico, the Catalan fans threw a pig head at Luis Figo.  

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