Top 5 El Clasicos in Recent Times by Goals Scored

Robbie Dunne@@bobdonadiniContributor IIIMarch 24, 2014

Top 5 El Clasicos in Recent Times by Goals Scored

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    Real Madrid versus Barcelona are always excellent encounters
    Real Madrid versus Barcelona are always excellent encountersJasper Juinen/Getty Images

    The most recent meeting between Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona had it all.

    There were three converted penalties, a dubious sending-off, the most expensive player in the world, the current Ballon d'Or holder and plenty of talking points.

    With just the kind of electric atmosphere we have come to expect from an El Clasico, it was everything we had hoped it would be.

    But how does Sunday's seven-goal thriller stack up against other games with bags of goals between these two giants of Spanish football?

Barcelona Win 5-0 at the Camp Nou, 29 November 2010

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    5-0 was Jose Mourinho's heaviest defeat as a manager.
    5-0 was Jose Mourinho's heaviest defeat as a manager.Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

    Real Madrid went into this tie boasting an undefeated record on the season under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho. 

    Goals from Xavi Hernandez, Pedro, David Villa (two) and Jeffrén Suarez were enough to put an end to such a record. 

    This defeat remains the worst of Mourinho's illustrious career. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Mesut Ozil all featured for their respective clubs, but it was the Catalans who stole the headlines, relentless in their pressing and instinctive with their finishing.

    It was also Jose Mourinho's first attempt at beating Pep Guardiola as the manager of Real Madrid in La Liga.

    Stop me if you've heard this one before, but Sergio Ramos was sent off in the closing stages of a game that was already lost for a tackle on Lionel Messi.

Real Madrid Win 4-2, 10 April 2005

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    David Beckham was a pivotal figure in Real Madrid's 4-2 win.
    David Beckham was a pivotal figure in Real Madrid's 4-2 win.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    David Beckham and Michael Owen were pivotal during Real Madrid's defeat of FC Barcelona in a game that also featured "Brazilian" Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane and Raul.

    Zidane, Raul, Ronaldo and Owen all got on the scoresheet, while Beckham provided two assists for his teammates.

    The match was played with seven games remaining and with Barcelona nine points ahead of their bitter rivals. 

    Samuel Eto'o and Ronaldinho got on the scoresheet for the visitors but it was never going to be enough against a team who knew their title chances would be finished if they lost.

3-3 Stalemate, 10 March 2007

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    Lionel Messi scored yet another hat-trick.
    Lionel Messi scored yet another hat-trick.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    Lionel Messi landed himself yet another Clasico hat-trick, while Ruud van Nistelrooy scored a brace to go along with a goal from Sergio Ramos for Real Madrid in this closely contested affair.

    There was a late penalty appeal that the referee waved away when Ronaldinho went down from a tackle by Mahamadou Diarra, ending a dramatic evening involving these two superpowers of Spanish football.

    Barcelona were managed at the time by Frank Rijkaard, while Real Madrid was led by Fabio Capello; both men have long since moved on from their respective jobs. 

Barcelona Win 4-3 at the Bernabeu, 23 March 2014

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    Lionel Messi kissing the Barcelona crest after completing his hat-trick.
    Lionel Messi kissing the Barcelona crest after completing his hat-trick.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    This game started with Real Madrid ahead of Barcelona in the La Liga standings and everything to play for.

    Atletico Madrid have proven themselves legitimate contenders in the race for the title, but as always the media attention revolving around El Clasico was fierce.

    Karim Benzema levelled for the hosts after Andres Iniesta picked up a through ball from Lionel Messi and hammered home in the opening stages.

    Benzema then put Los Blancos ahead with a sublime finish, Messi, Barcelona's hero on the night, pegged the Catalans back before half-time.

    After Cristiano Ronaldo was pulled down inside the box and converted the penalty, it appeared to be all over, but in typical El Clasico fashion, that was only the beginning of the drama.

    Sergio Ramos pulled down Neymar and was dismissed before Messi slotted the penalty home, and the little Argentinian got the winner from the spot after Iniesta was impeded in the box with seven minutes remaining.

    Seven goals were scored in one of the best El Clasico matches in recent memory. The current title race is closer than it has been for years between three teams who are all potential champions.

Barcelona Trash Real Madrid 6-2, 2 May 2009

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    Thierry Henry bagged two in the 6-2 victory over Real Madrid.
    Thierry Henry bagged two in the 6-2 victory over Real Madrid.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    A year previous, FC Barcelona had to partake in a guard of honor at the Bernabeu for the newly crowned champions Real Madrid, as is tradition.

    Carlos Puyol told reporters that it was "one of the worst days of my life" (h/t

    Real Madrid entered this game with an 18-game unbeaten streak, but Thierry Henry and Barcelona soon put an end to that.

    Henry equalised after Gonzalo Higuain had put the hosts in front after 13 minutes.

    It was 3-1 to the visitors before Sergio Ramos got one back after the break, but that goal acted as a catalyst for Barcelona to come to life.

    The floodgates opened, with Henry, Messi and Gerard Pique finishing Real Madrid off on their way to winning the La Liga title that same year.