Real Madrid vs Barcelona: 5 Classic El Clasicos

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Real Madrid vs Barcelona: 5 Classic El Clasicos
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El Clasico: One of sports grandest occasions

There are few sporting occasions on the planet which evoke as much excitement and anticipation as the El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona .

For decades the intrigue surrounding these games has spread much wider than Castilla and Catalonia, and when Los Blancos host La Blaugrana at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, close to half a billion people will be watching across all corners of the globe.

Of course the social, cultural and political differences between Spain's two dominant footballing forces stokes interest, but surely the most attractive aspect about this particularly fixture is the sheer class and charisma these two clubs exude. 

Each club's history is littered with some of the greatest players and teams to have graced the game, and never has that been more prevalent than today.

But even Messi, Ronaldo and the rest will do well to conjure up a clash as good as the ones on this list, so sit back and enjoy these five classic El Clasico's.

This list is by no means definitive, so if you think I've made a glaring omission or wish to nominate your own personal favourite, please feel free to do so below.

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