Top Five: El Clasico encounters

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After a weekend of breathless Premier League action it’s time to dust off your Spanish phrasebooks and enjoy a little Iberian fare.

El Clasico’s back tonight in the first leg of the Spanish Supercup – it’s Lionel Messi versus Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona versus Real Madrid and it should be a cracker.

Mourinho’s men began their league title defence with a home draw to Valencia, while Tito Vilanova’s reign in Barcelona began in classic Guardiola fashion – with a 5-1 destruction of Real Sociedad.

Of course, the two managers have history. The ‘Special One’ guilty of an eye gouge on a Barcelona assistant in last season’s Super Cup. That assistant was Vilanova – will he forgive and forget, or will blood boil in the dug-outs once again.

Tonight’s match may have little riding on the result, but pride is everything in this battle of the world’s best players. 

In anticipation of tonight’s match, GMF remembers some of the best El Clasico’s of the last 10 years.

5. Barcelona 3-3 Real Madrid – March 2007

19-year-old Lionel Messi torments Real Madrid, scoring Barcelona's first El Clasico hat-trick since Romario in 1994. The diminutative Argentinian becomes a household name.


4. Real Madrid 2-6 Barcelona - May 2006

Madrid were humiliated at the Bernabeu as Frank Rijkaard’s Barcelona – including an inspired Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry – slammed six past Iker Casillas


3. Real Madrid 4-1 Barcelona – May 2008

Bernd Schuster’s Real Madrid were treated to a guard of honour by Barcelona at the Bernabeu as they’d already wrapped up the La Liga title. A sheepless Barca couldn't get out of the stadium fast enough.


2. Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid – April 2012

After three straight La Liga titles Madrid were desperate to wrestle back the domestic crown from the Catalans. This was the decider, with Madrid in pole position, and Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up the steal the winner, sending Mourinho’s side clear at the summit.


1. Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid – November 2010

Jose Mourinho was embarrassed in his first Nou Camp El Clasico. Madrid travelled to Barcelona as league leaders but were dismantled by Leo Messi and co in a one-side rout. In the Messi-Ronaldo battle there was only one winner.

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