El Clasico: 5 Reasons Why Barcelona Fans Hate Real Madrid
It's arguably the fiercest rivalry in all of football—the very best against the very best, and to top it all off, both teams hate each other.
For the neutral, it's a fascinating watch as the stakes are always so high. The media circus, the manager mind games, the world-class players—everything is always in place for a classic confrontation.
Saturday's El Clasico is no different, and with the La Liga title still very much in the balance, the game will certainly not be for the faint-hearted.
Ask 99 percent of Barcelona fans about Real Madrid and their answer will almost certainly contain real venom and hatred towards their arch-enemy.
Here are five reasons why...
5) Jose Mourinho
There have been many words used to describe Jose Mourinho over the last few years—egotistical, arrogant, self-obsessed and delusional are just a few that come to mind.
Barcelona fans may use a few other expletives that would be unpublishable on this site.
If the hate wasn't strong enough before Mourinho took charge of Madrid, the combination of the two produces a toxic mixture that brings out the very best and worst of football depending on which way you look at it.
It's incredibly evident that his desire to beat Barcelona crosses over to the obsessive, and with Saturday's game being make-or-break for the Catalans' chances at the title, the mind games are well and truly underway.
Add to that a potential Champions League final showdown and the odd eye-gouging incident and you have the perfect reason to loathe Real Madrid—take a bow Jose Mourinho.
4) Florentino Perez and the Galactico Era
The billionaire is currently serving his second term as Real Madrid president and is widely considered a "marmite" figure in football—you either love him or you hate him.
In Barcelona's case, you hate him.
Whilst Barcelona are widely regarded at making transfers to supplement their home-grown players, the same cannot be said for Madrid.
They continually throw crazy amounts of money at players in the attempt to buy trophies.
Of course, an open checkbook sometimes doesn't guarantee success, and so far, the returns on the pitch have fallen way short of the investment in it.
The Gallactico era has calmed down recently as the world's economy took a severe downturn, but Perez still gave the green light to pay a world record £80 million for Cristiano Ronaldo and £56m for Kaka.
Perez has overseen an astonishing 10 transfers that have cost the club upwards of £20 million.
While their transfer policy remains unrestricted, Perez will continue to be the bane of Barcelona.
3) Spanish Civil War
This hatred hasn't just happened overnight, it hasn't just simmered for a few years, it dates all the way back to the Spanish Civil War between 1936-39.
Barcelona was the epicenter of the Republican resistance against the fascist Nationalists and came to represent republicanism, federalism, anarchism, syndicalism and communism.
Madrid were seen as the arch-enemies standing for the fascist, conservative and centripetal forces.
This story might be a little simplified, but it's certainly a contributing factor to the biggest rivalry in football.
2) We've Won More Titles Than You
If all else fails, Real Madrid fans will always go back to the old adage: "We've won more titles that you!"
It's pretty much their defence for anything anti-Madrid—a bit like a tortoise retreating into it's shell.
Unfortunately for Barcelona fans, for the time being at ease, the counter argument is true.
They have won the European Cup/Champions League nine times compared to the four of their Catalan counterparts.
That could well change sooner rather than later, but for the time being, Barca fan's will have to suck it up for the next five years at least!
1) Cristiano Ronaldo
Doesn't the picture say it all Barca fans?
Have you got the same one on the dartboard at home?
Very much like his manager Jose Mourinho, nobody divides opinion quite like Cristiano Ronaldo.
Does it affect him? Only in a positive way.
Probably second only to Messi as the best footballer in the world (some Madrid fans may argue that), Ronaldo continues to score spectacular goals and is undoubtedly the franchise player at the club.
Unfortunately, the magazine shoots, the holiday snaps and the orange tan do not help his relationship with Barca fans.
He's certainly not a home-grown talent and follows the same transfer and wage structure as the Galactico era.
And the choice of picture is certainly no mistake, Ronaldo is not shy at manufacturing the odd penalty for his team and is more than happy to show a wry smile when the referee points to the spot.