It is the biggest game in Spain, and maybe the biggest in Europe, if not, the world. It is of course, El Classico. With so many great encounters between the two sides, it was maybe one of the hardest articles we’ve had to write. However, we did it, and here are five of the best games between old rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Barcelona 3-3 Real Madrid 2007
On three occasions Real Madrid took the lead, only for Lionel Messi to equalise for Barcelona on all three occasions in an encapsulating game. Former Man Utd striker Ruud van Nistelrooy opened the scoring after just five minutes before the Argentinian levelled the scores for the first time five minutes later. Just two minutes after that, the Dutchman put Real back in the lead from the spot. Messi levelled again after 27 minutes before Sergio Ramos thought he had won it with a 72nd minute strike.
However, Messi completed his hat-trick and salvaged a point for the hosts in the 87th minute to round off a wonderful game of football.
Real Madrid 4-1 Barcelona 2008
The following year, this time at the Bernabeu, there came another classic encounter. Los Blancos got off to a great start with an early goal from club legend, Raul, before Arjen Robben doubled the lead after 20 minutes. Gonzalo Higuain added a third before Ruud van Nistelrooy made it four! Arsenal legend Thierry Henry got a late consolation goal for the Catalan side.
Real Madrid 2-6 Barcelona 2009
The year after their 4-1 humbling, Barcelona took their revenge with a sensational 6-2 thrashing at the home of their great rivals, in a game which would signal the start of a great era of dominance for the Blaugrana under Pep Guardiola.
Gonzalo Higuain opened the scoring to put Real Madrid into the lead, but goals from Thierry Henry and Carles Puyol turned it around. Lionel Messi made it three before Sergio Ramos scored a trademark header to make the score 3-2 and give the hosts hope.
However, that hope was dashed once again as Henry grabbed his second of the game. Lionel Messi also got his second to make it five before Gerard Pique rounded off the rout to complete the humiliation.
Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid 2011
Two years later, Barcelona were at it again. A five goal rout and another humiliation for their great rivals.
Goals from Xavi, Pedro, David Villa (2) and Jeffren were enough to complete the embarrassment for Real Madrid and help them on their way to their third La Liga title in three years.
Real Madrid 3-4 Barcelona 2014
There was another classic encounter in 2014, resulting in yet another Barcelona win at the Bernabeu, in a game which saw THREE penalties scored. Andres Iniesta gave Barcelona the lead, before a quick fire brace from Karim Benzema turned the game around.
Lionel Messi got Barcelona on terms before half-time before Cristiano Ronaldo put the Madridista’s back in front from the spot 10 minutes after the break. Then, Sergio Ramos was sent off for a foul on Neymar, allowing Messi to score his second from the resulting spot kick, before the Argentine grabbed his hat trick, scoring his second penalty of the game to give Barcelona the lead with just six minutes to play.