Fans in the soccer world will be glued to their televisions, iPads and even mobiles phones around the globe on Apr. 2 when Barcelona and Real Madrid do battle at the Camp Nou. It’s the most eagerly anticipated match-up of the soccer calendar, that boasts a rich history and features the two best players on the planet in Lionel Messi, 28, and Cristiano Ronaldo, 31. Click down to see the best games between these soccer giants over the years.
Barcelona 3-3 Real Madrid, Mar. 10, 2007.
Starting off with this cracker, this was the game when a certain 19-year-old Argentinian maestro announced himself on the big stage. That’s right, Leo was the box office draw netting a hat-trick in the biggest game in the world. Watch Brazilian genius Ronaldinho‘s reaction when he bangs home his second goal! Awesome!
Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid, Oct. 7, 2012.
The rivalry was already intensifying between Cristiano and Leo, with the latter winning the coveted Ballon d’Or for being the best player in soccer two prior years in a row. The previous season, Leo bagged 73 goals in all competitions, while Cristiano had 60. These two would bust each other’s chops in the next few seasons, with this game a standout in their clashes. Honors were even for both teams, and Leo and Cristiano scored both their teams’ goals that day.
Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid, Nov. 29, 2010.
The day all Real Madrid fans buried their heads in shame. This Barcelona rout was slightly unexpected at the time, as Jose Mourinho‘s Real had enjoyed their best ever start to a La Liga campaign. But Barça turned the tables on their bitter enemy thanks to an early goal from Xavi and a brace from David Villa. That would set the Catalans on an unstoppable run, and they beat Real to the championship that year by just 4 points.
Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid, Apr. 21, 2012
It was the defining match of the 2011-2012 season. Real traveled to Barcelona knowing a win would strike a crucial blow on their opponent’s title aspirations. When Alexis Sanchez cancelled out an early goal by Sami Khedira, it appeared that Barça might get themselves a win to get back into the title race. However, a late Cristiano winner ruled that out and Real went on to win La Liga that season by 9 points.
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