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Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: 100 Greatest El Clasico Moments

Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2013

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: 100 Greatest El Clasico Moments

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    El Clasico returns this Saturday with Barcelona hosting Real Madrid at Camp Nou.

    With that in mind, B/R have prepared a special slideshow to get you in the mood for the La Liga clash.

    The following slides break down the greatest matches, moments and goals from El Clasico down the years; from Gary Lineker to Paulino Alcantara and Cristiano Ronaldo to Santiago Bernabeu, everyone features.

    What will make the top 20? What will be No. 1?

    Read on, find out and relive the 100 greatest El Clasico moments.

100. First Ever Clasico?

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    According to various sources, including Phil Ball's book Morbo, it's accepted that the first ever Clasico took place in 1902—although the term El Clasico was originally just used for La Liga fixtures.

    Barcelona and Real Madrid met in the semifinal of the Copa de la Coronacion at the Hipodromo in Madrid, with Barca emerging victorious 3-1.

    Someone called Joan Gamper was credited with one of the Barcelona goals, while they went on to lose to Club Vizcaya—a Basque side—in the final.

99. Mourinho Pokes Vilanova

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    In the 2011 Supercopa there was a huge furore surrounding Jose Mourinho over the fact that he'd poked Tito Vilanova in the eye.

    Mourinho did, at least, later admit that he was sorry for poking Vilanova, who was then Barca's No. 2, in the eye, via The Daily Mail.

    More on the outcome of the match later.

98. Nadal Header Keeps Barca in European Hunt

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    After four consecutive La Liga triumphs, Barcelona relinquished their crown to Real Madrid in 1995.

    And it was only a win late on in the season against Los Blancos that prevented them from relinquishing a position in Europe.

    Miguel Nadal scored this header (04:25) to eventually help Barca to a fourth-place finish and a spot in the following season's UEFA Cup.

97. Maradona Moment

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    Diego Maradona and Barcelona might not have been the marriage it could have been, but he still managed a couple of Clasico moments.

    He scored the equaliser as Barcelona came from behind to beat Real Madrid at Camp Nou in 1983.

    Juanito had given Madrid the lead, but, following Maradona's header, Periko Alonso ensured the points stayed in Catalunya.

    Ah Diego, what could have been.

96. Raul's Header

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    This Raul header was a large reason why Real Madrid won the title in 2007.

    Not only was it a great header—a cabezazo as they'd say in Spain—but, at the end of the season, Real Madrid and Barcelona could only be separated by their head-to-head record.

    As they'd drawn at Camp Nou, Madrid were crowned champions on the back of this 2-0 win in October 2006.

    Ruud van Nistelrooy added the second goal.

95. Aragon's Supercopa Golazo

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    More on this game later, but for now we'll just marvel at Santiago Aragon's goal—he did a David Beckham before Beckham even did one.

    Skip to 00:43 in the video for the moment of El Clasico magic.

    Unfortunately for Aragon—or fortunately, depending on how you look at it—the goal didn't mean a great deal.

94. Understrength Madrid on a Roll

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    Having just knocked Barcelona out of the Copa del Rey, Real Madrid could seemingly do no wrong against their Clasico rivals at the beginning of 2013.

    They received Barcelona at the Bernabeu in March with the Catalans miles clear at the top and put out a weakened team with a match against Manchester United in the Champions League in mind.

    With Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench, they still got the job done though.

    Karim Benzema gave Los Blancos the lead before Lionel Messi leveled things up.

    Ronaldo's second-half introduction proceeded to change the game, and Sergio Ramos' late winner always looked likely before it arrived.

     

     

93. Ronaldo Winner for Barcelona

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    After bursting onto the European scene with PSV Eindhoven, Ronaldo made the switch to Bobby Robson's Barcelona.

    And in one explosive season at Camp Nou the Brazilian scored a hatful of goals—including the winner in El Clasico in May 1997.

    It came after he'd originally missed a penalty, but the ball was squared back across goal and he tapped home.

    Barca won the game 1-0.

    It kept the title race alive, but Real Madrid did eventually manage to beat the Catalans to the championship by two points.

92. Samitier Inspired Barca Dish Put Copa Hammering, 1926

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    Josep Samitier, alongside the likes of Ricardo Zamora and Paulino Alcantara, is one of Barcelona's original heroes.

    One of his major moments for La Blaugrana was his role in the win over Real Madrid in the Spanish Cup in 1926.

    In the first leg of the quarterfinal meeting, Samitier smashed in four as Barca romped to a 5-1 win away from home.

    Then in the return leg he scored another two as the Catalans got the job done 3-0 on home soil.

    Samitier's position was a difficult one to define, with some suggesting he was like a roaming defensive midfielder.

    Although with over 300 goals for the club, he'd have to have been quite the roamer.

91. Clasico Fiends Juanito and Santillana, 1984

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    The 1983/'84 season was one of the tightest battles for the title in La Liga history.

    So when Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 in February, it looked like it could be a pivotal moment in the race for top spot.

    Los Blancos' scorers were Juanito and Santillana, two players who both developed a routine of scoring when El Clasico came around through the years.

    A certain Diego Maradona registered for Barca.

    In the end Madrid missed out on the title to Athletic Bilbao due to an inferior head-to-head record, while Barca ended one point back from the pair.

     

90. Four Legged Copa Semi, 1916

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    Real Madrid and Barcelona met in the semifinal of the cup in 1916 in a match which would span four matches.

    Particular highlights across what could be considered similar to an NBA series included a 6-6 draw in the third meeting.

    Madrid eventually prevailed and advanced to the final though, winning the fourth game 4-2 after extra time.

    The match was also noteworthy for two famous names.

    Across the four matches Santiago Bernabeu scored seven times, while Barcelona's famous talisman Paulino Alcanatara managed four for the Catalans.

    Both players are a rich part of both clubs' histories.

89. Stoichkov's Late Dream Team Winner

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    Barcelona had been crowned champions for the past two seasons, so the pressure was on when Real Madrid turned up at Camp Nou in September 1992.

    However, Jose Bakero's fourth-minute goal went someway to quell that pressure.

    Madrid fought back in the second half and eventually equalised via a Michel penalty inside the last 20 minutes.

    This was the Dream Team though, and they managed to squeeze a winner out of the game in a dramatic finale when Hristo Stoichkov scored from, would you believe, route one football in the 87th minute.

88. Hugo Sanchez Brace Sees of Catalans

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    Real Madrid will have been particularly fond of their win over Barcelona at the Bernabeu on the way to the 1987/'88 La Liga championship.

    It all came about thanks to a brace from Hugo Sanchez—their star Mexican forward poached from Atletico Madrid in 1985.

    Barca did find the target through a Bernd Schuster penalty, but Madrid held out for a 2-1 win in Sanchez's crowning Clasico moment.

87. Lineker Scores in Barca Win

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    In terms of the league, it counted for little, but in terms of Clasico pride it rarely doesn't count.

    Real Madrid, as mentioned in the previous slide, ran away with La Liga in 1988, although Barcelona still made sure they got the better of the champions elect when they visited Camp Nou.

    Francisco Carrasco gave them a first-minute lead before Gary Lineker sealed the points during the second half—more to come on him later.

86. Samitier Brace Against Barcelona, 1933

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    Before the likes of Luis Figo, Michael Laudrup and Bernd Schuster, there was Josep Samitier—the very same Barcelona hero previously mentioned. 

    He left Barcelona following a supposed dispute with the manager to join Real Madrid, of all teams, in 1932.

    He was quick to make his mark against the Catalans too.

    Madrid beat Barcelona on their way to the title in 1933, and Samitier got both the goals in a 2-1 win.

85. Samitier Again Helps Madrid to Barca Win, 1934

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    Josep Samitier continued to make Barcelona fans disgruntled about losing him the following season.

    He scored one as Real Madrid beat the Catalans 4-0 in January of 1934.

    Real Madrid wouldn't go onto retain the title though, missing out to Athletic Bilbao, while Barcelona finished second from bottom.

84. Madrid 3-0 Barca, 1981

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    Three second-half goals at the Bernabeu helped Real Madrid to a 3-0 win over Barcelona as they battled Real Sociedad for the title in 1981.

    Juanito, Santillana and Uli Stielike were the scorers.

    It wasn't to be for Madrid that season though; La Real clinched the title via their better head-to-head record.

    Still, such a comprehensive Clasico win is always nice.

83. Madrid 3-1 Barca, 1982

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    Real Madrid looked to have given themselves a great chance of winning La Liga in 1981/'82 when they beat Barcelona, once again, by a 3-1 scoreline.

    Rafael Cortes, Uli Stielike and Isidro were all on target in the win of March '82.

    In the end though neither of the footballing giants lifted the championship, both missed out to Real Sociedad by the slimmest of margins.

82. Cruyff Inspired Barca Beat Madrid, 1976

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    Not for the only time, a Johan Cruyff-inspired Barcelona beat Real Madrid in 1976.

    The Dutchman scored one and caused trouble throughout as the Catalans recorded a 3-1 win at Camp Nou.

    Marcial Pina and Juan Carlos Heredia scored the other two goals, while Pirri registered for Madrid.

81. Barca Win First Post-Franco Liga Match at Bernabeu

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    There's more on Barcelona's first meeting with Real Madrid after the end of the Franco era to come, but for now here's what happened when they made their first trip to the capital after Franco's death.

    They won.

    A goal in each half from Carles Rexach and Juan Carlos Heredia ensured they picked up the three points at the Bernabeu courtesy of a 2-0 win.

80. Cruyff vs. Pirri, 1977

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    Pirri is remembered as both a midfielder and a sweeper who had a phenomenal scoring record for Real Madrid—over 100 goals in his time with the club.

    He also was a regular scorer in El Clasico during his 16 years with Madrid.

    Back in 1977 he opened the scoring from the penalty spot after just two minutes.

    Barcelona fought back though and were soon level through Johan Cruyff inside the opening 20 minutes.

    It was thought the match might explode then, but it didn't quite work out like that.

     

79. Puyol Marks Figo on His Return, 2000

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    It was supposed to be all about Luis Figo, but in the end he didn't even matter.

    The Portuguese's move to Real Madrid from Barcelona in 2000 bore a huge reaction in the Catalan capital, and his return later that year was eagerly anticipated.

    He stepped foot into the cauldron Camp Nou but was completely limited by a wonderful performance from a young Carles Puyol, who kept him out the game.

    Figo couldn't affect the play in a positive manner, and Barca went on to win 2-0 thanks to goals from Luis Enrique—who had previously swapped Los Blancos for La Blaugrana—and Simao.

78. Ronaldinho 1-1 Ronaldo

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    Name-dropping to the highest extreme here: Ronaldinho and Ronaldo.

    The two Brazilians, both who were considered the world's best at one point, traded strikes in a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou in April 2006.

    Ronaldo's chipped finish was pretty sweet too.

    Unfortunately in terms of the league it carried little weight as Barcelona cantered to the title. 

77. Midfield Generation Game: Zidane and Xavi Trade Goals

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    March 2002: Xavi Hernandez 1-1 Zinedine Zidane.

    Back even before Xavi had the worldwide acclaim he boasts these days, he was still providing pivotal moments in El Clasico matchups.

    His second-half equaliser, nearly 14 years ago now, cancelled out Zidane's opener, but wasn't enough to prevent Barcelona from missing out on Champions League qualification. 

76. Madrid 3-1 Barca, 1978

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    El Clasico fiend Santillana was at it again when Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 in 1978.

    The Spanish striker, who scored over 200 goals for Madrid, was at the double as they recorded a 3-1 win at the Bernabeu in the season's first Clasico La Liga meeting.

    Johan Neeskens had originally given Barca the lead, but Santillana's brace, sandwiched between a Henning Jensen strike, eased Los Blancos to victory.

75. Barca Bounce Back with a Win, 1979

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    Barcelona bounced back from that defeat with a comfortable win of their own at Camp Nou later in the season.

    Second-half goals from Hans Krankl—an Austrian striker who boasted a phenomenal scoring record throughout his career—and Juan Asensi helped the Catalans to a 2-0 win.

    The victory was heavily celebrated at the time but carried little weight when Real Madrid lifted the title in the spring of 1979.

74. Dream Team's First Clasico Moment?

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    The foundations of the Dream Team had already been laid, but they didn't come together to win a La Liga title until 1991—their first since 1985.

    On the way to that championship, they will pinpoint a 2-1 win over Real Madrid at Camp Nou as one of the vital moments.

    Michael Laudrup gave them the lead, but Madrid fought back through Emilio Butragueno. 

    Barca went on to win it through an own goal—not the most glamorous way to win El Clasico, but a turning point in the club's Liga fortunes.

73. The Beast Wins It

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    If one goal is going to be enough to win El Clasico, then it helps if it's of this much quality.

    When Real Madrid beat Barcelona 1-0 in 2007, former Arsenal man Julio Baptista was the difference on the night.

    Following a one-touch move, the Brazilian smashed into the top corner to seal the three points for Los Blancos.

72. Guardiola's First La Liga Clasico in Charge

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    When Pep Guardiola took over at Barcelona they weren't as ready-made for success as some like to suggest.

    The Catalan coach main some big decisions, and one was to ditch Ronaldinho and begin to build a team which had Lionel Messi as the focus.

    In his first La Liga Clasico in charge of Barca, the rewards were already beginning to shine through.

    Locked at 0-0 inside the last 10 minutes at Camp Nou, Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi both scored to help Barca to a 2-0 win.

    It was the start of a really special period for Barcelona.

71. Koeman at the Double

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    There aren't many players like Ronald Koeman about these days.

    A defender and a defensive midfielder who scored goals, took set pieces and defended too, of course.

    His crowning Clasico moment came when he banged in a pair of late penalties in a 3-1 win over Real Madrid in 1989/'90.

    And even though Madrid went on to win La Liga that season, things were about to get quite special for Koeman and his Barca colleagues under Johan Cruyff.

70. Raul Cancels out Rivaldo and Figo Late on

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    Just one of many Raul Clasico moments came in October 1999.

    The Real Madrid forward had fired his side ahead at Camp Nou only to watch on as Luis Figo and Rivaldo fought back to put Barcelona ahead.

    Los Blancos came again though, and Raul's 85th-minute equaliser would have been met with copious amounts of approval back in the Spanish capital. 

69. Roberto Carlos Free Kick, 2000

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    This list has to include a Roberto Carlos free kick, right?

    Of course it does. 

    Hopefully this one from the 1999/2000 season does the trick; it's quite special.

    Carlos' goal opened the scoring, while Nicolas Anelka and Fernando Morientes added one each to ensure a comfortable evening's work for Real Madrid.

    It was a disappointing season for the El Clasico rivalry though, with Deportivo La Coruna clinching the title.

68. Zlatan's Clasico Moment

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    What a well-taken goal this was—but would you expect anything less from Zlatan Ibrahimovic?

    His time in Barcelona might not have lived up to what it could have been, but he still managed to produce the defining moment in a Clasico.

    He arrived late to fire home a cross on the volley, first time, as Barca beat Real Madrid 1-0 at Camp Nou.

    It was Barca's third straight Liga win against Madrid, although Zlatan would probably prefer it was remembered for his goal.

67. Roberto Martinez the Difference, 1975

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    Before Roberto Martinez, Everton manager, there was Roberto Martinez, Real Madrid's Argentine forward.

    And like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Julio Baptista after him, Martinez had the pleasure of scoring the solitary goal in a Clasico encounter.

    The 67-year-old, who's time at Madrid was sandwiched between two spells with Espanyol, had the pleasure of settling the fixture in 1975 as Madrid went on to win the league by 12 points.

    Barcelona ended third, 13 points back from Los Blancos.

     

66. Butragueno Inspired Madrid Come from Behind, 1986

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    Emilio Butragueno had many Clasico moments.

    One particularly good one was back in March of 1986 when the Spanish striker added the third goal as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Bernabeu.

    Barca had briefly led in the second half, Raul Amarilla giving them the lead in the 54th minute.

    It would prove the final nail in any Catalan title challenge too, as Los Blancos went on to win La Liga by 11 points. 

65. Ronaldo and Messi Trade Penalties

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    Following a run of five straight league defeats against Barcelona, this point will have felt like a Champions League final win for Real Madrid.

    A Lionel Messi penalty in the second half put Barca 1-0 up at the Bernabeu and set them on their way to record a sixth consecutive win against Madrid.

    The script, for once, was to have a twist though.

    Los Blancos earned a penalty inside the last 10 minutes, and Cristiano Ronaldo dispatched it.

    This was one of the four fixtures played in a short period between Pep Guardiola's and Jose Mourinho's men at the end of the 2010/11 season.

    The other three included the Copa del Rey final and the Champions League semifinal—it was quite an intense time in the rivalry between the two clubs.

     

64. Madrid 2-0 Barca, 1996

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    Real Madrid's 2-0 win over Barcelona in 1996 would prove the difference come the end of the '96/'97 season.

    Davor Suker and Predrag Mijatovic got the goals on this occasion as Madrid reveled in the post-Dream Team years.

    And when, by the time the season finished, Madrid won La Liga by two points, this win took on even more significance.

63. Messi + Pedro = Fourth Straight Barca Liga Win

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    Life was good for Barcelona under Josep Guardiola.

    It's still quite good now, but it was especially magic during the four Guardiola years.

    When they won 2-0 at the Bernabeu in April 2010, it was their fourth consecutive La Liga success against Real Madrid.

    Lionel Messi scored in the first half, with Pedro Rodriguez adding the second after the break.

62. Gento's Late Camp Nou Spot Kick, 1969

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    It takes nerves to take a penalty at any level of football.

    It takes even more nerves to take a penalty against your side's biggest rivals.

    And it takes more nerves again to take that penalty in the 87th minute when your side is 1-0 down.

    Paco Gento showed he had the bottle to take it though.

    He stepped up at Camp Nou and fired home en route to what would prove Real Madrid's 14th La Liga title.

61. Another Guardiola Triumph

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    With Jose Mourinho having led Real Madrid to Copa success and then to the top of the league, December 2011's Clasico was meant to signal a shift in results.

    They were without a win in their previous six league meetings with Barcelona—losing six of them—but this was the moment.

    Of course, it wasn't actually to be the moment.

    Karim Benzema put Los Blancos into a first-minute lead, and the belief echoed around the Bernabeu..

    Pep Guardiola's side came back though, and Madrid could not handle them—as had been the case in the past few years.

    Alexis Sanchez squared things up before the break before Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas sealed the win for the Catalans.

60. Barca Edge Five Goal Thriller, 1984

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    Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-2 at Camp Nou in the 1984/'85 season as they went on to be crowned champions of Spain.

    It was quite a comfortable campaign too, as they finished 10 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid; Los Blancos were down in fifth.

    When they met in Barcelona, Gerardo Miranda, Migueli and Esteban Vigo were their scorers.

    Manuel Sanchis and Emilio Butragueno got the Madrid goals, with the second coming late on to ensure a nervy, but satisfying, ending for the home side.

59. Raul, Robben, Higuain and Ruud

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    Real Madrid celebrated winning La Liga in 2008 by humiliating Barcelona at the Bernabeu.

    Raul, Arjen Robben, Gonzalo Higuain and Ruud van Nistelorooy were all among the the goals as Madrid took a commanding 4-0 lead.

    Thierry Henry did score a late consolation, but it meant as little to the game as it did to the title race.

    It was time for change at Barcelona; Pep Guardiola would grant them that.

58. Barca 3-0 Madrid, 1996

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    Before he had so much time for golf and before he left for Real Madrid, Luis Figo was a Barcelona player.

    He was part of a Barcelona team that ran into a knack of beating Madrid 3-0 whenever they visited Camp Nou.

    Alongside Meho Kodro, who scored two, Figo was on the scoresheet when they started that mini run of wins in 1996.

57. And Another

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    Luis Figo still playing golf in the photo? Check.

    Luis Figo still scoring in 3-0 wins against Real Madrid? Check.

    This time the year was 1998, but the score and venue were still the same as Real Madrid were handed another dose of Clasico pain.

    Sonny Anderson and Giovanni joined Figo on the scoresheet on this occasion.

56. And Again (feat. Luis Enrique)

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    While Luis Figo was yet to become guilty of high treason, his colleague Luis Enrique had already committed italbeit the other way around.

    Enrique caused a commotion when he swapped Real Madrid for Barcelona in 1996, so his part in Barca's next 3-0 win in 1999 would have particularly hurt Los Blancos' fans.

    He scored twice, with Rivaldo adding the third, as the Catalans recorded their third 3-0 win in four seasons at Camp Nou.

55. Di Stefano and Gento Braces as Madrid Hit Five at Camp Nou

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    It's fair to say a 5-3 away win against your biggest rivals is something to be proud about.

    Real Madrid's players probably partied pretty hard after they recorded that scoreline at Camp Nou back in 1960.

    Alfredo Di Stefano and Paco Gento, two famous names in the club's history, helped themselves to two goals each on that occasion.

    Things were good for Los Blancos back then as they picked up European Cup after European Cup, El Clasico wins were possibly just a bonus.

54. Di Stefano, Puskas, Suarez and Kubala on the Scoresheet, 1961

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    When you look at the scorers from this El Clasico encounter from 1961, you realise how long the world's best players have been plying their trade at these two clubs. 

    Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas were among the Real Madrid scorers as they recorded a 3-2 home win.

    And what about Barcelona?

    Well, Luis Suarez and Laszlo Kubala got their goals.

53. Copa Final 1968

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    The 1968 Spanish Cup final won't be remembered as a classic Clasico encounter, but it was a trophy for Barcelona nonetheless.

    Fernando Zunzunegui scored an own goal inside the first 10 minutes and, as goalmouth action went, that was that.

    Barca held out for a 1-0 win over Real Madrid.

52. Raul 2-2 Rivaldo

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    These days we have Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo pulling out all the stops, but that's not always been the case.

    Over 10 years ago we had to make do with Raul and Rivaldo and co.

    The 2000/'01 Clasico at the Bernabeu was all about those two in fact.

    Real Madrid's golden boy twice gave them the lead only to see Barcelona's Brazilian twice bite back as the club's drew 2-2.

51. Copa Del Rey Final 1990

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    Barcelona won the 1990 Copa del Rey in the sweetest fashion: with victory over Real Madrid in the final.

    Guillermo Amor (pictured) opened the scoring in the second half and, as Madrid chased the game, Julio Salinas popped up to seal the trophy in stoppage time.

    An abridged version of the highlights are available here.

50. Classic Draw in 1969

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    A 3-3 draw in black and white: It doesn't get much better than that.

    Barcelona had led 2-0, courtesy of two goals in the first 10 minutes from Miguel Angel Bustillo.

    Real Madrid, who were the home side, soon managed to turn things around; a Sebastian Fleitas brace and a goal from Paco Gento gave them the lead.

    The visitors came back though, Carles Rexach ensuring the spoils were shared in a memorable encounter.

49. Madrid Beat Early Dream Team

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    With the Dream Team still in their formative years, a still domineering Real Madrid cast a 3-2 defeat over John Cruyff's Barcelona.

    Madrid's goals back in February 1990 came from Michel (pictured), Emilio Butragueno and Hugo Sanchez.

    Barca, who had briefly led at the Bernabeu, had Julio Salinas to credit for both of their goals.

48. Gordillo Bags Late Winner in Five Goal Thriller

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    You'll notice it's a recurring theme, but late goals tend to be the best.

    Back in 1988 it was Rafael Gordillo's goal to score one and wrap up three Clasico points for Real Madrid.

    Jose Bakero had given Barca the lead, but Hugo Sanchez and Adolfo Aldana had fired the home side in front.

    The draw looked on the cards though when Francisco Carrasco found an equaliser for Barca.

    It wasn't to be though, and inside the last 10 minutes Gordillo stole the plaudits and a place in the Clasico archives.

47. Copa Final 1974

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    Having been beaten 5-0 in La Liga to the Barcelona of Johan Cruyff, Real Madrid showed great mental strength to bounce back as resoundingly as they did in the 1974 Copa del Generalisimo final.

    Leading 1-0 at half-time, Los Blancos emerged after the break to put three more past a helpless Barca.

    Played at the Vicente Calderon, Madrid's goals came from four different sources; Santillana had the first, while Rubinan, Francisco Aguilar and Pirri found the net in the second period.

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46. Barca 3-0 Madrid, 2004

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    Barcelona took Real Madrid to the cleaners when the galacticos turned up for the first Clasico of the 2004/'05 season.

    Samuel Eto'o, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Ronaldinho were the scorers as Barca cranked up the heat with a 3-0 win at Camp Nou.

    Madrid's defending left quite a lot to be desired on the night; maybe they should have bought some defenders.

45. Galactico Goalscorers

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    Just a glance at the goalscorers tells you all you need to know about this special El Clasico occasion in 2005:

    Real Madrid 4-2 Barcelona

    Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Raul, Michael Owen; Samuel Eto'o, Ronaldinho

    It reads like a who's who of footballing royalty in the 21st century.

    And to top it all off, it's one of the few Clasico matches which will harbour fond memories for David Beckham.

    The English midfielder was impressive, playing a key role in several of the Madrid goals.

44. Supercopa, 1990

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    Real Madrid inflicted defeat on Barcelona in both legs of the 1990 Spanish Supercopa.

    In a cagey match at Camp Nou, Madrid had Michel to thank as they emerged with a slender advantage ahead of the return leg in the Spanish capital.

    Back at the Bernabeu it was anything but cagey though.

    Emilio Butragueno (pictured) scored two times as Los Blancos ran out 4-1 winners—clinching the Supercopa 5-1 on aggregate.

43. Supercopa, 1993

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    Ivan Zamorano scored in each leg as Real Madrid won the 1993 Spanish Supercopa.

    The Chilean scored one at the Bernabeu, while Alfonso Perez helped himself to two in reply to Hristro Stoichkov's lone strike for Barcelona.

    Back at Camp Nou it was a tighter affair, but Barca were never likely to turn things around once Zamorano had given Los Blancos the lead.

    Jose Bakero (pictured) was on target to eventually claim a draw, although the damage had already been done.

     

42. Archibald Makes His Mark

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    How long do you think it will be until you see a Scotsman wrapping up a Clasico for Barcelona at the Bernabeu again?

    Because that's what happened in 1984.

    Barca were already leading through an own goal, but as Real Madrid pushed for an equaliser they got stung.

    Following typical Barcelona buildup, Steve Archibald was left with a tap-in to secure the three points in the 86th minute.

    La Blaugrana even found time to score a third too.

41. Six Goals Shared in 2007

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    High-scoring games are always fun, so this 3-3 draw in 2007 was no different.

    It's perhaps most notable for the definitive arrival of Lionel Messi to the Clasico; the Argentinian scored a treble, including an 88th-minute equaliser.

    Madrid's goals came from Ruud van Nistelrooy (2) and Sergio Ramos.

    There's no doubting this game was all about Messi though—he's not done too bad since either. 

40. Lineker Treble

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    The 1986/'87 season was a strange one in Spain.

    After each team had played each other twice, the league split into three groups of six and played each team in their group twice more, with the points still standing from the first 34 matches too.

    Real Madrid eventually clinched the title, but not before England's Gary Lineker had produced some Clasico history.

    In the second meeting of four between the two that season, Lineker scored a hat-trick in a match which ended 3-2 to Barcelona.

    You can see it in all its glory above.

39. Dream Team Held

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    Against the Barcelona Dream Team, any point, particularly at Camp Nou, could have been considered a good point for Real Madrid.

    However this point earned in March 1992, it could be argued, won Barca the title.

    Fernando Hierro's second-half goal earned Los Blancos the draw after Ronald Koeman had given Barca the lead.

    What seemed a good point at the time though, didn't look so clever when Barca clinched the title ahead of Madrid by that same margin in May.

38. Messi 2-2 Ronaldo

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    This game may well be remembered as when Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were at the peak of their powers.

    The world's greatest players of their generation traded braces in a game full of technical ability at Camp Nou in 2012.

    It was Ronaldo who opened the scoring, but Messi's two goals propelled the hosts into the lead.

    Ronaldo soon squared things up again though, and the world was left to purr over just how lucky it was to witness these two spectacular talents.

37. Barca 2-3 Madrid, 1977

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    A brace from Carles Rexach (pictured) wasn't enough to prevent a rampant Real Madrid from leaving Camp Nou with three points in 1977.

    Henning Jensen, Santillana and Uli Stielike were all on target as Los Blancos recorded a memorable 3-2 win over Barcelona.

36. Madrid 4-0 Barca, 1978

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    Things only got worse for Barcelona when they made the trip to the Spanish capital later that same season.

    This time, instead of being beaten by the odd goal in five, they were humbled by a Real Madrid side who scored all four.

    Henning Jensen helped himself to a brace inside the first 10 minutes, before Juanito and Sanitillana (pictured, left) condemned Barca to a 4-0 defeat.

35. Amor's La Liga Clincher

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    Barcelona beat Deportivo La Coruna to the La Liga title by courtesy of their head-to-head record in 1994, so you can imagine how much a late win in El Clasico in the penultimate week of the season meant.

    If Guillermo Amor hadn't scored a 77th-minute winner, Depor would have won the title.

    Luckily for Barca, Amor scored a 77th-minute winner.

    And his celebration, not dissimilar from Paul Gascoigne at Euro '96, revealed all the emotion of someone who had just won the league.

34. Giovanni Breaks Madrid Hearts

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    Late winners in any match are good.

    Late winners in an El Clasico match filled with five goals are even better; particularly when you're on the winning side.

    Goals from Raul and Davor Suker had twice pegged back Barcelona strikes from Rivaldo and Luis Enrique at the Bernabeu.

    There was no pegging back Giovanni's late winner though.

33. Young Xavi's Late Winner

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    It's almost 10 years since Xavi Hernandez popped up to score the late winner at the Bernabeu.

    Santiago Solari and Patrick Kluivert had traded second-half strikes, and both sides of the Clasico divide looked content with a point.

    With the clock ticking towards 90 minutes though, Xavi arrived in the penalty box to score this goal from Ronaldinho's audacious scooped pass.

32. Supercopa, 1997

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    Real Madrid recovered from a 2-1 defeat at Camp Nou to record their fourth consecutive Supercopa success over Barcelona in 1997.

    When Clarence Seedorf scored in the 65th minute, it was merely further confirmation that Los Blancos would lift the trophy.

    A brace from Raul and one from Predrag Mijatovic had already put Madrid 3-0 up.

    Giovanni did score a late consolation, but Madrid wrapped up a 5-3 aggregate win.

31.Puskas Treble, 1963

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    In the 1963/'64 season Real Madrid beat Barcelona to the La Liga title by four points.

    The difference at the end of the season can only be attributed to the results in the El Clasico fixtures.

    Ferenc Puskas stole the show in the first meeting between the two sides.

    He scored three as Los Blancos won 4-0, while Alfredo Di Stefano nabbed the other.

    The Hungarian was again the difference in the return fixture; with the scores level at 1-1, he added Madrid's second to ensure the title would be heading to the Spanish capital.

30. Laurie Cunningham

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    Troubled by injuries, the story of Laurie Cunningham isn't as special as it might have been.

    That said, it was still full of high points.

    Cunningham was one of the first black players to really make strides in the English game, and his performances for West Brom against Valencia in Europe caught the eye of Real Madrid.

    And while his time in the Spanish capital was filled with fitness problems, he still managed to bag in El Clasico.

    He was among the scorers as Madrid beat Barcelona 3-2 in September 1979—all five goals were scored in the first half.

29. Supercopa, 2011

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    If Real Madrid vs. Barcelona was like the American sitcom Friends then this episode would have an obvious title:

    The one where Jose Mourinho pokes Tito Vilanova in the eye.

    Barcelona's only Supercopa success over Madrid, in five meetings, came in 2011.

    Both legs were full of insatiable football, so it's a shame it's the other antics which marred the image of the matches.

    But this is El Clasico.

    Following a 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu, the two sides were locked at the same scoreline and heading towards extra-time in Camp Nou.

    Then up popped Lionel Messi, in the 88th minute, to win it.

    Then all hell broke loose.

28. Barca Hit Five, 2010

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    Jose Mourinho's first La Liga Clasico was a harsh welcome to Spain.

    Real Madrid had started the season relatively well when they made the trip to Camp Nou in November; they certainly weren't prepared for what was to come.

    Xavi Hernandez, Pedro Rodriguez, David Villa (2) and Jeffren helped Barca to an emphatic 5-0 victory.

    It's notable Mourinho, who'd previously had a good record against Barca with Chelsea and Inter, never tried those tactics against the Catalans again.

27. Maradona's Clasico Moment, 1983

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    Pace, a hint of arrogance and a finish to go with it: Diego Maradona, everybody.

    We've touched on how his time in Barcelona wasn't necessarily as good as it should have been, but this goal was a bit good.

    It came in the first leg of the Copa de la Liga final in 1983—a tournament which was disbanded after just four years in the 1980s due to low support from the participating clubs.

    Barcelona went on to win the '83 edition after a draw in the Spanish capital and a 2-1 win at Camp Nou.

26. Barca 5-5 Madrid, 1943

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    What we would do for the return of the 5-5 draw.

    Ten goals were shared back when Barcelona hosted Real Madrid in 1943, but unfortunately games of such score lines have slowly disappeared.

    Barca had led 5-3 going into the final 20 minutes but contrived to let Los Blancos back into the match.

    Pascual Botella brought Madrid to within a goal, before Jose Mardones sealed the draw just before the 90th minute.

    Imagine the scenes if that happened in El Clasico these days.

25. Madrid 8-2 Barca, 1935

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    Bosh!

    The first big La Liga Clasico hammering came when Barcelona were tanked by Real Madrid in 1935.

    Four goals from Ildefonso Sanudo and a treble from Jaime Lazcano helped Madrid win by eight goals to two.

    Luckily for Barca fans it's quite far from people's memories these days!

24. Hello Raul

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    Raul was already Real Madrid's new golden boy, that was not in doubt.

    However, the calendar had ticked into 1998 without him really having made his mark in a Clasico.

    That all changed in September of that year when his double ensured Madrid didn't lose to Barcelona in the Bernabeu.

    Patrick Kluivert and Sonny Anderson scored for Barca, but a young Raul was the face carried on the newspapers the next day.

    It didn't prove his only moment in El Clasico either.

23. Barca Win Post Franco

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    At an emotional and highly charged Camp Nou, Barcelona recorded the first El Clasico win in the post-Franco era in Spain.

    The fact that the win didn't arrive until the final minute only added to the drama.

    Johan Neeskens had given Barca the lead, but Pirri, a regular Clasico scorer, equalised in the second period.

    It left the stage perfectly poised for Carles Rexach to score a late, late winner and ensure La Blaugrana began life sans Franco with a win over the arch rivals.

    This video (above) only reveals a small part of an historic day at Camp Nou.

22. Ramon's Treble, 1931

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    The first ever official La Liga hat-trick in El Clasico came from the feet of a Barcelona player.

    Juan Ramon scored all three as Barca beat Real Madrid 3-1 in April of 1931.

    It was almost four years until a Madrid player managed the same feat; Jaime Lazcano hitting three and Ildefonso Sanudo four as Los Blancos recorded an 8-2 win in 1935.

     

21. First Supercopa Meeting, 1988

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    The Supercopa didn't arrive in Spain until the 1980s, with the first Real Madrid vs. Barcelona clash coming ahead of the '88/'89 season.

    Madrid hosted the first leg and had goals from Michel and Hugo Sanchez to thank for giving them a 2-0 lead to take to Catalunya.

    With that lead in mind, Barca's task became extremely hard when Emilio Butragueno put Los Blancos ahead in the return leg at Camp Nou.

    The Catalans fought back though.

    A brace from Jose Mari Bakero put them ahead in the match, but they couldn't quite recover the tie.

    Madrid stood strong to lift the first ever Supercopa competed between the two sides.

     

20. First La Liga Meeting, 1929

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    After several years of regional tournaments, friendlies and cup competitions, La Liga was established in 1929.

    The first ever meeting, the first ever El Clasico in La Liga, was held in Barcelona.

    It was the visiting team who would emerge victorious though.

    Two goals from Rafael Morera helped Real Madrid to a 2-1 win.

    However, come the end of that first campaign, it would be Barcelona who were laughing (keep reading...).

19. Copa Del Rey Final, 1936

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    Back in 1936 the Copa del Rey was known as The Copa del Presidente de la Republica.

    However the two finalists bore slightly more well known names: Real Madrid and Barcelona (of course, you've got the theme by now, right?)

    The final was held at the Mestalla in Valencia, following Madrid's 8-2 aggregate win over Hercules and Barca's 9-5 success over Osasuna.

    It was a much more tense occasion in the final though, as Los Blancos emerged victorious 2-1.

    They had Eugenio Hilario and Simon Lecue to thank for the goals.

18. Madrid Knocked out of European Cup, 1960/61

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    Real Madrid had won five out of five European Cups—would they ever been beaten?

    Yes.

    And what was worse—through white-tinted spectacles at least—was that it was Barcelona who beat them over two legs.

    A brace from Luis Suarez helped Barcelona draw 2-2 away from home in the first leg against the European Champions.

    Back at Camp Nou, the Catalans were already 2-0 up by the time Real Madrid bagged a late consolation.

    The champions were out. 

    Unfortunately La Blaugrana couldn't go onto win the competition; they were beaten 3-2 by Benfica in Berlin.

17. First Barca Win in La Liga, 1929

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    Barcelona might not have won the first La Liga meeting between the two sides, but they did have the last laugh in the first season.

    A goal from Jose Sastre helped them to a 1-0 win away against Real Madrid back in May 1929.

    It proved a vital goal too.

    Barca went on to win that first ever La Liga season by two points.

    No prizes for guessing who came second.

16. Supercopa, 2012

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    The Spanish Supercopa in 2012 was pretty exciting, pitting Jose Mourinho against Tito Vilanova—Barcelona's new manager who he had previously poked in the eye.

    Barca were scintillating in the first leg at Camp Nou.

    Pedro, Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo's opener, and they looked on course for a comfortable 3-1 win.

    Cue an error from Victor Valdes though, a goal from Angel di Maria and the second leg at the Bernabeu took on a completely different complexion.

    It was Madrid who raced into a two-goal lead in the Spanish capital; Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain the scorers.

    Messi did pull one back, but Los Blancos held on to cling the Supercopa on away goals, giving Mourinho his first victory over Vilanova.

15. Barca Win on Way to Title in 1960

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    Much is made of the Real Madrid team of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

    And rightly so, because, after all, it was a Los Blancos side which won five straight European cups.

    They weren't all dominating though and, although not remembered as prominently, the Barcelona side of the same era was quite good too.

    Goals from Sandor Kocsis, Eulogio Martinez and Ramon Villaverde helped Barca beat Madrid 3-1 at Camp Nou in March 1960.

    That would prove the decisive result of the run-in too, as Barca would go onto cling the league title by just two points.

14. Madrid's Record Win

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    Real Madrid inflicted their biggest ever win over Barcelona in the Copa Del Generalisimo in 1943.

    Barca had come into the fixture having won the first leg 3-0; that would count for little come full-time.

    Sabino Barinaga helped himself to four goals as Los Blancos recorded a humiliating 11-1 win over their Catalan rivals.

    The Barcelona goal didn't come until the 89th minute either.

13. Barca Snatch the 1983 Copa Late on

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    There's nothing worse than losing to your fiercest rivals in the last minute of a cup final.

    To flip that around, there's little better than winning the cup final against your biggest rivals in the last minute.

    That's exactly what Barcelona did to Real Madrid in 1983.

    Victor Munoz had given the Catalans a first-half lead at La Romareda in Zaragoza, but Santillana's goal looked to have everyone set for extra-time.

    With the whistle seconds from being blown for full-time, Barca snatched the victory.

    Marcos Alonso, who also had connections with Atletico Madrid to make things worse, sealing the Copa del Rey trophy for Barcelona.

12. Ronaldo's Copa Winner

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    In Jose Mourinho's first season as Real Madrid boss, he led the club to a final showdown with Barcelona in the Copa del Rey.

    It was the first time the two sides had met in the final stage since 1990 and just the fifth time since 1950.

    Barcelona had not just been the top team in Europe for the past few years but had also enjoyed a significant advantage over Madrid too—Mourinho lost 5-0 in his first match against them that season.

    The match itself was a nervy affair, with the two teams remaining goalless after 90 minutes.

    Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up to the plate in extra time though, scoring the winner and providing Los Blancos with their only piece of silverware that season.

    It's just a shame Sergio Ramos dropped the trophy on the open-top-bus parade!

11. Pep's Barca Statement

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    It was basically one big slap across the face.

    Barcelona had already beaten Real Madrid at Camp Nou and left them in their wake throughout the course of the season.

    Madrid had picked up since the appointment of Juande Ramos though, but Barca were about to go to the Bernabeu and show Spain, and in turn Europe, what they had to deal with for the next few seasons.

    Braces for Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi were accompanied by goals from Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol as Barca smashed six past Madrid in their own back yard.

    Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Ramos' goals count for little as Los Blancos realised they had quite the task to continue to compete with their great rivals.

10. Calma Calma

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    "Calma, calma, aqui estoy yo," mouthed Cristiano Ronaldo to the Camp Nou crowd.

    Keep calm, Cristiano is here, in other words.

    And there he was. Not only was he there, but he had just about wrapped up Real Madrid's first league title since Pep Guardiola came to the Barcelona bench.

    Madrid were already clear at the top, but a Barca win at Camp Nou would have made for an interesting run in.

    Sami Khedira had given Los Blancos a first-half lead, but when Alexis Sanchez levelled in the second period it looked as though the momentum might have been with the Catalans.

    Cristiano made sure it wasn't though, scoring the winner and, effectively, the title-clinching goal for Jose Mourinho's men.

9. Derbi De La Verguenza

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    Not a particularly entertaining game—it ended 0-0—but Real Madrid's visit to Barcelona in 2002 has become one of the most remembered meetings of all time.

    It became known as the "Derbi de la Verguenza"—or "Derby of Shame"—and centered around a certain Luis Figo.

    Figo had upset Barca's fans by joining the Galactico ranks at the Bernabeu two years earlier but, for some reason, they were particularly angry on this occasion.

    The Portuguese international, who was taking corners, had all number of objects launched at him from Camp Nou's terraces—including, famously, the head of a suckling pig and a full bottle of whiskey.

    Roberto Carlos led the Madrid players off the pitch in protest, and the match was held up for 10 minutes.

    When it resumed to conclusion, the excitement on the pitch couldn't match the feverish atmosphere in the stands.

8. Dream Team Demolish Madrid

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    The 1993/'94 season may have ended on a sour note for Barcelona's Dream Team, dismantled by AC Milan in Europe, but they'll always have this Clasico humiliation.

    Brazilian goal-scoring machine Romario was on target three times as La Blaugrana roughed Real Madrid up inside Camp Nou.

    The match finished 5-0, with the other goals coming from a trademark Ronald Koeman free kick and substitute Ivan Iglesias.

    It wasn't just to prove Barca's last season as Spain's No. 1 side, though, but their last season with Michael Laudrup too.

7. Laudrup's Betrayal

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    In the summer following the 5-0 win against Real Madrid, Michael Laudrup took the Luis Figo route—before Figo himself had taken it—and controversially departed for the Spanish capital.

    It signaled a swing in La Liga, as Los Blancos would go onto clinch the title once again.

    En route to the championship, Madrid exacted revenge on Barca for the previous season's 5-0 defeat at Camp Nou—they won 5-0 themselves at the Bernabeu.

    Chilean Ivan Zamarano was the man to steal the headlines on this occasion, though, not Laudrup, as he helped himself to a hat-trick.

    Luis Enrique—who would later swap Madrid for Barca, himself—scored too, as did Jose Emilio Amavisca.

6. 2011 Champions League Semifinal

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    The 2011 Champions League semifinal between Real Madrid and Barcelona was squashed in around the Copa del Rey final and a Liga Clasico.

    It was an extremely intense time in the rivalry, with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho playing central roles in the four fixtures.

    Two late goals from the brilliant Lionel Messi at the Bernabeu, in hindsight, put Barca into the final before Madrid even departed for Catalunya.

    In the return leg, Marcelo did briefly level the match after Pedro Rodriguez had given La Blaugrana the lead, but Barcelona never looked like relinquishing their lead.

    Barca went on to beat Manchester United in the final, while Los Blancos were left still dreaming of La Decima.

5. 1960 Champions League Semifinal

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    Real Madrid were the undisputed kings of Europe—no other side had won the competition since it had started—when they drew Barcelona in the semifinal in 1960.

    The first leg was played at the Bernabeu in front of over 100,000 fans, and it was won by the home side.

    A brace from Alfredo Di Stefano and a strike from Ferenc Puskas helped Los Blancos to a 3-1 win ahead of the return leg in Catalunya.

    Unfortunately for Barcelona it was the same story at Camp Nou, as Madrid's impressive European form continued.

    Puskas was the man to score two this time, while Francisco Gento added the third in another 3-1 win, as Madrid progressed to the final 6-2 on aggregate. 

    Once in the final, they took apart Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3.

4. Ronaldinho's Bernabeu Ovation

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    You know you've witnessed something special when the Real Madrid fans can cast aside any feelings of morbo to give a Barcelona player a standing ovation inside the Bernabeu.

    That was what happened when Ronaldinho picked apart Los Blancos in 2005.

    Samuel Eto'o gave Barca the lead in the first half, but it was the Brazilian who took over after the break.

    His skills were sublime. They weren't just for show either, they came with plenty of substance.

    When he picked the ball up on the halfway line in the second half, Madrid appeared in no particular danger, but he danced into the area before smashing the ball home.

    Then he added a third with a second goal which wasn't bad either (03:10).

3. 2002 Champions League Semifinal

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    Real Madrid got the better of their old enemy when the two sides met in the semifinal of the Champions League in 2002.

    The first leg was played at Camp Nou, and Los Blancos silenced the home crowd with a 2-0 win.

    Zinedine Zidane gave Vicente del Bosque's side a second-half lead, but it was Steve McManaman who did the damage when he added a second in stoppage time.

    Back at the Bernabeu, this rocket from Raul all but put the tie out of Barca's reach.

    An Ivan Helguera own goal did briefly give the visitors some hope, but it was Madrid who eased into the final.

    Goals from Raul and, memorably, Zidane helped beat Bayer Leverkusen to lift the trophy.

2. Di Stefano's First Clasico

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    Alfredo Di Stefano had already played a couple of friendlies for Barcelona, who had moved to sign him having been impressed with his performances in Spain on tour with Colombian club Millonarios in 1952, when Real Madrid got involved.

    It all got very murky from there.

    Nobody was sure who was due money for Di Stefano's signature. Madrid had paid Millonarios 1.5 million pesetas for him, but Barca had paid four million to River Plate.

    Among the madness the Spanish federation banned the signing of foreign players before lifting the ban again. Out of tiredness, and having grown fed up with the Madrid-based government getting involved, Barcelona withdrew their attempts to sign the Argentinian.

    Real paid the Catalans the four million they had paid to River Plate, and Di Stefano joined Los Blancos.

    Two weeks later he made his controversial El Clasico debut: Real won 5-0, and he scored four.

    The rest, as they say, is history. 

1. Cruyff's Arrival

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    As Barcelona stalled over the signing of Ajax's Johan Cruyff, Real Madrid, in a saga not overly dissimilar to the Alfredo Di Stefano one, decided they would get involved.

    This time the outcome was different though, Barca quickly stumped up the cash to make sure they landed the Holland international. 

    Cruyff told the European press, upon his arrival in 1973, that he had chosen Barcelona because he could "never play for a team associated with Franco," via Phil Ball's Morbo.

    Already adorned to the Catalans after that comment, the levels with which they worshiped Cruyff would know no bounds after his first visit to the Bernabeu as a player. 

    He set up three and scored one as Barcelona recorded a 5-0 win in the 1973/'74 season en route to their first La Liga title since 1960. 

    Match highlights here.

     

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