All the fans have been accustomed with all the ups and downs during the El Clasico as this tournament is a game synonymous drama and high quality matches.
In Sunday (22/3), the two legendary Spain clubs, Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet for their 263rd match. This game will surely be one of the most amazing and unforgettable game of the tournament in this current season.
Here we recall some of the memorable moments that set El Clasico unique from other tournaments in the world.
Luis Figo’s coming to the Nou Camp in November 2002 was not the very first time for him, but surely became an unforgettable moment for the former Barcelona hero. He had decided against taking the corners on his first return following his controversial move to Madrid, but this time he elected to resume deadball duties. There was nothing normal about the treatment the Portuguese winger received, as beer cans, cigarette lighters, and even a glass whisky bottle poured down on him. Well, one of the most unforgettable and extraordinary events to be remembered for one specific item, which was a sucking pig’s head thrown onto the pitch.
Different from Figo, the amazing Ronaldinho sparked a very different response from the Madrid fans following his virtuoso gameplay at the Bernabeu in 2005. That was really Ronaldinho’s time, in which he was named the European Footballer of the Year. This was the time when the world-class footballer at the peak of his powers and his arrival delivered a power shift in Spanish football. With his assigned role, Real Madrid, won three Champions League trophies from 1998 to 2002, but Barca were to win three of their own by 2011.
It was 2006/2007 that marked Messi’s breakthrough season and it was that year’s El Clasico tournament that surely heralded his amazing games and displays. Messi became the first player in years to score a hat-trick in the fixture, three times hauling his side back level, including a sublime injury-time equalizer. Although the Argentinian man had did good enough to earn a Champions League winners’ deal in 2006 campaign, he missed the latter games of the tournament through injury.
Talking about club’s zenith in the tournament, Barcelona’s 5-0 winning of November 2010 was perhaps still becoming the highest watermark of Pep Guardiola’s most glorious time in charge of the club. No one put any doubt to Jose Mourinho’s work as he enjoyed the best start of any Real Madrid manager in the history of the club, but he was impotent to prevent this Barcelona team at their very best.
The drama of this season El Clasico will still roll on, and let’s see some precious unforgettable moment of this tournament.