Where to begin picking the players in a combined El Clasico XI?
Both teams have players that we watch in awe and fascination. Both teams inspire incredible performances which capture the crowds at the Bernabeu and Camp Nou.
The hardest part in choosing a Clasico XI is who to leave out. However, we have taken on the challenge.
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Here our pick for the starting XI of a combined El Clasico team.
Let us know what you think!
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Goalkeeper: Claudio Bravo (Barcelona)
Claudio Bravo has an incredible season for Barcelona. He was undoubtedly the team's number one goalkeeper and was key to Chile's win at the Copa America this summer.
Right-back: Dani Alves (Barcelona)
Dani Alves is still Barcelona's go-to man at right back. He consistently contributes to forward play in a way that frightens the opposition to death, and does his job at the back.
While there were talks of him leaving Barcelona at the end of the season, Alves has signed a new two-year contract with the club.
Centre-back: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Rock solid at the back, Sergio Ramos has provided Real Madrid with years of consistency. With his aerial prowess and defensive tact the Spaniard is undoubtedly one of the best defenders in the world.
Centre-back: Gerard Pique (Barcelona)
It's tough work picking between Pique and Pepe to join Ramos in defence but, when it comes down to it, the Barcelona man has a sense of calm that is a suitable contrast to his Spanish national teammate's aggressive style of play.
Pique and Ramos had a pretty shabby World Cup together in 2014, but will have more chances to prove themselves as they did for several years previous.
Left-back: Marcelo (Real Madrid)
While there is of course some risk in having two attack-minded full backs, it was just too difficult to leave Marcelo and his brilliant skills out of the line up.
The Brazilian did have a dismal showing for Brazil in 2014, but has not faltered in his performance for Real Madrid. Like Alves, he gets forward and creates trouble for the opposition.
Midfield: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
Not enough praise goes around for this man. He's tactically brilliant and reliable. There's no doubt that he slots into this team for me.
Midfield: Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
While it's hard to say how well Modric would slot in alongside Busquets, he's been very good in recent seasons and adds a little spark of magic to any team.
Attacking midfield: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Does anything need to be said about this man's genius? Slotting in just behind a forward would make him a nightmare for opposition defenders.
Left wing: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Does anyone else dream of what it would be like to see Ronaldo and Messi play together? Sure, they're very different players and it might simply not work.
But, when it comes to the world's two best players, it's tempting to think of.
Right wing: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
The Welshman hasn't exactly been at his best for Real Madrid recently. But, there is no doubt that he is one of the most talented players in the world and once back at full confidence, will be able to showcase that.
Centre forward: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Keeping Ronaldo, Bale, and Benzema together in a team like this seems like the right thing to do.
Their understanding of each other is incredible and Benzema seems to always be in the right place at the right time.
There you have my combined Clasico XI. What changes would you make? Leave your comments below!
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