It’s regarded as the biggest football match on the planet and one that every football fan wants to watch.
The clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona always involves some of the greatest players in the world and Saturday’s match will be no different.
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In the past, whichever team picks up the most points from the two Clasico’s usually went on to the win the league table.
This season is slightly different. Barcelona sit 11 points clear of Real Madrid in La Liga and know that, even if they lose, they will still likely be crowned champions come May.
Luis Enrique’s side humiliated their rivals last November at the Bernabeu by winning 4-0 and will be looking to do the same at the Nou Camp on Saturday evening.
Earlier today, former Barcelona midfielder, Deco, claimed that the only Real Madrid player that would get into the Catalan starting line-up is Luka Modric.
That got us thinking, so GMS decided to pick our very own El Clasico combined XI.
Here it is:
GOALKEEPER: Keylor Navas
While Barcelona like to rotate their goalkeepers, Madrid have stuck with Navas throughout this campaign. He is still yet to concede a goal in the Champions League and his performances have seen Madrid cool their interest on David de Gea.
RIGHT BACK: Dani Alves
He may be in his eighth season at the Nou Camp and 32-years-old but Alves is still making that right-flank his own. His defends, he attacks and yet he still claims he doesn’t enjoy it.
CENTRAL DEFENDER: Gerard Pique
Along with Paul Pogba, Manchester United fans will be wondering why on earth they allowed Pique to leave. He’s marshalled the Barca back four for eight years and still looks to have plenty of seasons left in him.
CENTRAL DEFENDER: Sergio Ramos
Real Madrid’s version of Pique. Ramos is captain at the Bernabeu and has made over 450 appearances for the club. Those two would make a formidable partnership.
LEFT BACK: Jordi Alba
Similar to Alves, Alba just loves marauding down the flank to attack but is more than capable of defending, too. Marcelo can consider himself hard done by, but Alba just gets the nod.
CENTRAL MIDFIELDER: Andres Iniesta
What can be said about Iniesta that hasn’t been said before? Almost 600 matches played for Barcelona, winning seven league titles and four Champions Leagues. One of the greatest midfielders of all-time.
CENTRAL MIDFIELDER: Sergio Busquets
Often overlooked when browsing the Barcelona squad but Busquets is vital in Enrique’s side. He breaks up almost every opposition attack and allows the attacking players to flourish.
CENTRAL MIDFIELDER: Luka Modric
If he’s good enough for Deco, he’s good enough for us. The Portuguese midfielder claimed Modric would be a “perfect fit” for Barcelona and we agree. He could fill the void left by Xavi.
STRIKER: Lionel Messi
We don’t really don’t explain his inclusion do we? 449 goals in 520 appearances for Barcelona. Oh, and five Ballon d’Or awards. Possibly the greatest to have ever played the game.
STRIKER: Luis Suarez
Just the 43 goals in 43 matches this season. Suarez has been on fire and is deadly in-front of goal. He hasn’t bitten anyone for a while, either.
STRIKER: Cristiano Ronaldo
The ‘MSN’ has become the ‘MSR.’ Sorry, Neymar but we couldn’t leave Ronaldo out of the team. Although his understanding with Suarez and Messi may not as good as Neymar’s, Ronaldo's 354 goals in 338 matches for Madrid is enough to see him selected.
What would your combined El Clasico XI be? Let us know in the comments box below!
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