Barcelona & Real Madrid: Combined XI

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The first La Liga Clasico of the season takes place this weekend, as Barcelona host Real Madrid at the Camp Nou late on Saturday afternoon.

Superstars can be found in both of the Spanish giants' squads - and the summer acquisitions of Gareth Bale and Neymar for Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively, means the two starting line-ups promise to be stronger than ever before.

This is a fixture that guarantees lots of goals and even more drama, but which of the star players on show could make it into a 'Clasico XI'?

Think you can do better than this line-up? Let us know your XIs in the comments section below.

Goalkeeper: Diego Lopez | Real Madrid

Diego Lopez has been arguably Real Madrid's best player so far this season - and it's difficult to see a way back into the Los Blancos' starting line-up for Iker Casillas.

Centre-back: Gerard Pique | Barcelona

Spain international Gerard Pique is one of La Liga's best central defenders when he's fully focused.

Centre-back: Sergio Ramos | Real Madrid

Sergio Ramos and Pique may not be friends off the pitch, but on it they form a resilient defensive partnership, as they have proved for the Spanish national team over the years.

Centre-back: Carles Puyol | Barcelona

Carles Puyol sneaks into this starting XI ahead of the reckless Pepe because, even at the age of 35, he remains a fiercely competitive leader. A true winner.

Defensive midfield: Sergio Busquets | Barcelona

Arguably the best defensive midfielder in world football, Sergio Busquets very rarely loses possession and picks the right pass 99 times out of 100.

Central midfield: Luka Modric | Real Madrid

With Xavi's influence deteriorating, the gifted Croatian midfielder Luka Modric deservedly takes his place in the centre of this latest Clasico XI.

Central midfield: Andres Iniesta | Barcelona

It feels like Iniesta has been around forever, but the 29-year-old World Cup winner remains a monster of a player. One of the best footballers in the world in tight situations.

Left-wing: Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid

The first name on the team-sheet, alongside Lionel Messi, is Real Madrid's extraordinary winger Cristiano Ronaldo, who averages a goal every game.

Attacking-midfielder: Neymar | Barcelona

Neymar takes up the playmaker role behind Messi in this team. The Brazilian already looks settled in La Liga and will soon cement his status as one of the world's top three players.

Right-wing: Gareth Bale | Real Madrid

The most expensive footballer in history, Gareth Bale takes his place on the right-wing of this team. The Wales international is expected to start his first Clasico this weekend.

Centre-forward: Lionel Messi | Barcelona

The world's best player takes his place in the centre-forward position of this Clasico XI. With Messi and Ronaldo both in the line-up, this dream team would effectively start every match with a two-goal advantage.

Bench: Victor Valdes, Daniel Alves, Xavi, Cesc Fabregas, Angel di Maria, Isco, Karim Benzema.

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