Barcelona vs. Real Madrid. Real Madrid vs. Barcelona.
El Clásico is upon us!
The most important game in Spain has arguably become the biggest league football match in Europe—and the world for that matter.
From past stars Alfredo Di Estéfano, Juanito, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Luís Figo and Ronaldinho to current stars Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas, Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi, El Clásico has given us some of the most memorable games and moments in football history.
From terrific games come terrific goals. Some are game winners and some are heartbreakers, while others are flat-out golazos!
In honor of the upcoming Clásico, in no particular order, here are the top 10 goals in Barcelona vs. Real Madrid history.
¡Que viva El Clásico!
This honorable mention is from the 2007/08 season. Julio Baptista scored the only goal in this game—but what a goal it was.
Baptista received the pass from Ruud Van Nistelrooy and, looking almost like a hockey slapshot, half-volleyed the ball and scored.
Victor Valdés could only fall down flat on his back in disgust.
This memorable goal is from Luís Figo as a blaugrana and his golazo against Madrid in the 1997/98 season. The angle and the power of the shot are crazy.
A brilliant goal by a man who would later be hated by Culés everywhere!
Raúl was not the fastest player, nor was he the tallest player or most talented player.
But Raúl could score goals—that was the only thing that mattered.
Raúl has showed us why he was one of the greatest strikers in Liga history with this header in the third minute of El Clásico in a 2006/07 season beating of Barcelona.
What a great cross from Sergio Ramos as well.
This goal is from Diego Maradona during the short time he was at Barcelona.
Check out the wide, open play as Maradona is one-on-one with the goalkeeper and quickly passes him. In typical Maradona fashion, he does not decide to quickly put the ball in and instead fakes out Juan Jose. To add insult to injury, Jose slid with legs open into the goal post while Diego tapped the ball in.
Poor Juan Jose.
Raúl was a Barcelona killer, and he proved it throughout his career. One of his greatest goals, and by far the most important goal he ever scored against Barça, was in their 2002 UCL semifinal clash.
Up 2-0 on aggregate, Madrid was looking for the dagger and who better to strike than Raúl?
Zinedine Zidane touched it to Raúl and from outside the box he shot an arrow to the top right corner scoring a golazo. The goal sealed Barça’s demise, and Madrid were on their way to the CL final where they would defeat Bayern Leverkusen.
Raúl, forever the No. 7.
From the category of “amazing yet funny goals,” Real Madrid’s Santiago Aragón completely humiliated goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta in this golazo.
Aragón saw that Zubizarreta was off his line and shot a ball from close to 50 yards away. The ball flew over the keeper and into the back of the net.
Didn’t see it coming, did you, Andoni? Well, actually, you did. You just couldn’t stop it.
Real Madrid would win the game 4-1.
The great Johan Cruyff needs no description about what he means to FC Barcelona. This goal is one of his best in a blaugrana shirt. Cruyff faked out three defenders from close range and gracefully swept the ball past the keeper.Just watch Cruyff’s right foot. Truly graceful.
This was one of five goals Barça made as they beat Madrid 5-0. There must be something about 5-0 games for Barcelona.
The 1983 Copa Del Rey final was an intense match. Maradona and company battled against Juanito and Madrid.
The game was tied at one in stoppage time when an excellent cross headed by Barcelona’s Marcos Alonso Peña passed the outstretched arms of Real goalkeeper Miguel Ángel, giving Barça the Copa in a thriller.
Look at the stretch by Peña to head it in!
I couldn’t find the short version of the goal, so forward the video to 6:48 to watch it.
Roberto Carlos is without a doubt one of the greatest free kick takers of all time. We have all seen the jaw-dropping video of his free kick versus France.
Another one of his all-time great kicks was in a Clásico in the 1999/2000 season. In the fifth minute at the Bernabéu, Roberto took a free kick about center-midfield and launched a goal-seeking missile past goalkeeper Francesc Arnau.
Madrid would go on to win 3-0. The Brazilian was feared by Culés because of plays like this.
His tremendous hustle, his defending and his free kicks were the stuff of legends. Roberto Carlos is not only one of the most beloved players in Real Madrid history, but of all football fans around the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s greatest goal in a white shirt came in April 2011 in the Copa Del Rey final. This was by far the best game Real Madrid had ever played against Barcelona in the Guardiola era.
Pepe’s play was brilliant as well. With a scoreless tie in extra time, Angel Dí Maria beat Dani Alves to the ball and made a great cross to Ronaldo who heads it in past Jose Manuel Pinto. Barcelona was finally shut down and their fans were silenced. It was the game winner as Madrid won the Copa Del Rey 1-0.
The monkey was off Real Madrid’s back as Los Blancos finally humbled Barcelona and Guardiola. Madrid was the better team that night and deserved to raise the cup.
Too bad Sergio Ramos dropped that same cup from atop the bus later that night.
It was a definitive moment for the club and for Jose Mourinho as he won his first title as the manager of Real.
Ronaldinho in his prime was one of the greatest wonders in sports history – not just football history. Dinho’s greatness shined in Clásicos and especially in 2005 at the Bernabéu. In a game that had arguably the greatest number of great players on one pitch at the same time – Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Robinho, Roberto Carlos, David Beckham, Zidane, Casillas, Samuel Eto’o, Victor Valdés, Gio van Bronckhorst, Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta – it was Ronaldinho who stole the show and scored two goals in the game.
Everything about the goals was great – style, grace, speed, skill, talent, and most of all the goals had the touch of the artistic beauty by one of the greatest players of this generation.
Check out the first goal as Ronaldinho takes the ball and proceeds to make Sergio Ramos look a fool as Ramos does the splits and fails miserably to stop Dinho. The Brazilian turned on the afterburners, left one defender frozen, and scored a goal past a sliding Roberto Carlos and a helpless Casillas.
The second goal is another feat of skill and talent as Ronaldinho got the ball and beat Sergio Ramos again and slapped the ball past a stretched Casillas.
The most iconic moment of this game was when the Madridistas stood up and applauded Ronaldinho.
A performance worthy of a curtain call!
One of the greatest goals in UCL history was given to just a few months ago. In the 86th minute and with a 1-0 lead in the first leg of the UCL semifinal (the third of four Clásicos), Sergio Busquets put the ball at the feet of Leo Messi. Messi took the ball and gave us a symphony on the pitch as he ran past what seemed like all of Madrid and gave the ball a golden touch past Iker Casillas.
Although there was still a second leg to be played, everyone, including a whiny Mourinho, knew this goal ended the semifinals. Barcelona quickly erased the memory of the Copa Del Rey loss and eliminated Madrid on their way to their second UCL title in three years.
Check out the multicamera view of the golazo. The view on the right is the broadcast feed, and the views on the left are the cameras following Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. CR7 can only put his head down in disappointment as Messi shows him and all of us who is No. 1.
¿Por qué? ¿Por qué?!
Porque Messi is the best player—perhaps of all time—and this FC Barcelona team is the best team in the world—perhaps of all time—that’s why!