Real Madrid v Barcelona – Greatest El Clasico Goals
On Sunday night at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Real Madrid will take on Barcelona in the 168th Clásico in La Liga history, and one of the most significant in recent years.
A win for Real would take them seven points clear of the Blaugrana, and leave them in a two-horse race for the title with Atlético, but an away victory could see the weekend draw to a close with the top three separated by just one point.
Real Madrid win – 2.14
Barcelona win – 3.05
Draw – 3.35
(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)
The fixture has thrown up some truly memorable moments, and with the talents of Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and Bale all likely to be on display this weekend, we can expect more of the same. This week I have gone back through past matchups and picked out some of my favourite Clásico goals.
Alexis Sánchez, BARCELONA 2-1 Real Madrid, October 2013
Alexis has always been a player of undoubted talent, but was not recognised by some until his final season at Udinese, where he hit double-figures for goals and assists and was instrumental in a remarkable 7-0 win away at Palermo in 2011.
At the end of the 2011 season he made a big-money move to Barcelona, where his progress continued steadily over his first two campaigns, though a combination of injuries and inconsistent form have meant he is yet to play 30 league games in a season.
Some expected the arrival of Neymar to force him into the background, but instead he has had a genuine breakout season for the reigning champions, hitting 17 goals in just 24 games, and none were more special than the clincher at CampNou in October.
Less than 10 minutes after coming off the bench the Chilean raced onto a Neymar pass, but the chance looked to have gone as Raphaël Varane got back well to cover. However Alexis took a second to compose himself and launched a delicate chip with little backlift, the shot escaping the grasp of Diego López and nestling in the back of the net.
Santiago Aragón, REAL MADRID 4-1 Barcelona, December 1990
In a team of superstars, Santiago Aragón was never the most decorated player, but few would be able to hold their own alongside talent like Emilio Butragueño, Hugo Sánchez and Gheorghe Hagi.
In the end, the Spanish midfielder only scored once in el Clásico, but it will live long in the memory. Picking the ball up 40 yards from goal, he spotted the legendary goalkeeper Andoni Zubizzareta off his line and unleashed a perfectly executed lob to seal a crushing Supercopa victory for Real.
Aragón would not last long in Madrid, but found a second home in Zaragoza where he made almost 300 La Liga appearances. He also played the full 120 minutes of the 1995 European Cup Winners’ Cup final, a match decided by another memorable long-range strike from team-mate Nayim.
Ronaldinho, Real Madrid 0-3 BARCELONA, November 2005
After Real’s Galacticos era brought multiple Champions League trophies and Spanish football developed a new strength in depth with the likes of Deportivo La Coruña and Valencia impressing in Europe, Barcelona suddenly found themselves with work to do to return to the elite.
That they did so was largely due to the stunning football played under Frank Rijkaard, and Ronaldinho was at its core. However as the Brazilian approaches his mid-thirties having spent the last four seasons out of the European spotlight, it’s easy to forget that for a period he was far and away the best and most watchable player on the planet.
The pinnacle arguably came in 2006, when he helped Barcelona to a league and Champions League double, with the club triumphing in the latter without losing a single one of their 13 games against Europe’s elite. However the most memorable few seconds of that season came at the Bernabéu.
A stunning solo effort, skipping past Real defenders as if they weren’t even there, could make any fan pine for the forward to return to his peak. What’s even more astonishing is that goals of this quality were just par for the course for Ronaldinho.
Betting Instinct Tip – Barcelona aren’t in great form, but they tend to pull out a big performance in el Clásico. That said, Carlo Ancelotti’s side are on fire right now, and Real Madrid to win and both teams to score is 3.12 with GR88.com.
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TOM VICTOR (editor) is the editor and co-founder of Betting Instinct. He has written for a variety of sports sites in the past, including JustFootball, Footy Matters and BeNeFoot.