Barcelona and Real Madrid began their rivalry in 1902 and it has developed to become arguably the greatest in world sport.
The Clasico has always been about a lot more than football. Strong cultural and political themes have forged the relationship between the two cities and they’ve come to represent the clash between nationalist Spain (Madrid) and the struggle for Catalan independence (Barcelona).
On the field, Barcelona and Real Madrid are the two dominant teams in Spain and among the best in Europe. They boast the two best players on the planet in Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and have the two highest wage bills in sport.
Barca and Madrid are also deemed among the top 10 most valuable sports teams on the planet, according to a Forbes list in 2012.
These are just some of the factors that make Barcelona vs. Real Madrid the best rivalry in sport right now. In this clip, B/R’s Will Tidey goes into greater detail.