Barcelona and Real Madrid lock horns once again
La Liga and even the rest of Europe may as well wipe their schedule on the day of El Clasico.
The gargantuan fixture that illuminates any football calendar is back this weekend.
This match-up always whets the appetite for nostalgia.
So we’ve come up with a list of five of our favourite El Clasico matches from the last ten years.
Barcelona 3-3 Real Madrid March 2007
Is this real life or are we just living in a Lionel Messi fantasy?
Barcelona may not have won the game but 19-year-old Messi gave us a masterclass.
It was actually Madrid who went in front after Ruud Van Nistelrooy dispatched the opener.
However, at 3-2 down going into added time Messi picked up the ball evaded both Ivan Helguera and Sergio Ramos before firing his side level!
Real Madrid 2-6 Barcelona May 2009
Pep Guardiola’s first experience of managing El Clasico at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid had won 17 of their previous 18 matches and went one nil up through Gonzalo Higuain.
But a brace from both Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi contributed towards an emphatic win.
The league title was theirs and tiki-taka here to stay!
Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid November 2010
Just seven months later, Barcelona were at it again.
This was peak Barcelona under Guardiola as the Catalans toyed with Jose Mourinho’s Madrid.
Xavi even strolled into the centre-forward position to score the first goal.
Pedro, Jeffren and a David Villa brace took the game away from Los Blancos.
Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid April 2012
Alexis Sanchez looked to have grabbed a valuable point for Barca when he bundled in an equaliser in the 70th minute.
But the joy was short-lived. Just two minutes later Cristiano Ronaldo latched onto a Mesut Ozil through ball to restore the lead.
Madrid may have won gone on to win the title that year but we also got that famous ‘calm’ celebration from Ronaldo himself!
Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona April 2017
The B-B-C of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo were out in full force but it was Casemiro who gave this game lift-off.
But after going goalless in six-straight Clasico’s Lionel Messi turned up.
Sergio Ramos saw red with fifteen minutes to play, but James Rodriguez had appeared to snatch a point for Los Merengues.
The clock ticked into the 92nd minute when Lionel Messi slotted home a dramatic late winner.
Cue absolute scenes in the away end and that shirt celebration.
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