El Clasico: Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona – A rivalry like no other

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Real Madrid and Barcelona are two of the most successful clubs in Spanish football.

The rivalry between the two sides dates back 120 years and is one of the fiercest in the world. The Spanish giants have produced several memorable matches over the years and the game is indeed a ‘classic’ encounter in its truest sense.

Everything you need to know about the Clasico

El Clasico or “The Classic” was first played on May 13, 1902, in the semi-final of the Copa de la Coronacion (a tournament in honor of the coronation of Alfonso XIII of Spain). Barcelona won the game 3-1. This competition was considered a precursor to the Copa del Rey which started the following year.

The rivalry stems from the fact that Madrid and Barcelona are two of the biggest cities in Spain. They are also on opposite political spectrums, with Madrid representing Spanish nationalism while Barcelona championing Catalan sentiments.

To date, 249 competitive matches have taken place between the two clubs, with Real Madrid topping the head-to-head record with 100 wins, three more than Barcelona’s 97. 52 matches ended in a draw.

Former FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi is the all-time top scorer in El Clasico with 26 goals to his name. He is followed by legendary Real Madrid player Alfredo Di Stefano who has 18 goals. Among the players currently at both clubs, Karim Benzema has the most goals (11) in this showpiece game.

The most successful club in El Clasico

Los Blancos are more successful than their rivals when it comes to winning La Liga. While Real have won 34 La Liga titles, Barcelona have won 26 times.

Real Madrid have also won the Champions League 13 times, the most in history. Barcelona, ​​on the other hand, have five titles to their name. In total, Real Madrid have won 93 major trophies, one more than their rivals.

Iconic players who played in the Clasico

There is a long list of superstars who have appeared in El Clasico. Iconic players such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Diego Maradona, Alfredo Di Stefano, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Ronaldo, Johan Cruyff and many others.

There are also players who played for both clubs namely Luis Figo, Luis Ronaldo, Luis Enrique, Michael Laudrup, Samuel Eto’o and many more.

How to reach Madrid and Barcelona from India, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Australia?

There are no direct flights available to Madrid or Barcelona from any of the Indian cities. The carriers that travel between the Indian cities and the two Spanish cities are Etihad, Emirates and Lufthansa and Qatar Airways.

Again, there are no direct flights from Singapore. Airlines that fly from Singapore to Madrid and Barcelona are Etihad, Qatar, Scoot and Turkish Airlines.

In Malaysia, Etihad Airways, Emirates and Qatar Airways fly between Kuala Lumpur and Madrid/Barcelona. There are no non-stop flights available.

In the Philippines, there are no direct flights to Madrid or Barcelona. The carriers that operate in the country are Philippines Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad.

Australian fans can travel to Madrid and Barcelona from five cities, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide. There are no non-stop flights from Australia. There are several carriers that operate in Australia, namely Virgin Australia, Qatar Airways, Thai Lufthansa, Etihad Airways and more.

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