Barça and Real Madrid  El Clásico

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The history of football has been based around great rivalries. One of the most spectacular is that between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, in the encounter known as 'El Clásico.' It has become a global phenomenon.

HisTory of  El Clásico

FC Barcelona were founded in 1899 and Real Madrid three years later, in 1902. The first time the two teams ever met to play each other was in 1902. But the first League El Clásico was in 1929. Disputes over signings and controversial refereeing decisions only served to heat up the rivalry.

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In addition to trophies and goals, El Clásico has always been littered with smaller stories. For example, the "painful" switching of sides by some of the players. The most famous were, perhaps, those of Bernd Schuster, Michael Laudrup and Luis Figo, Luis Enrique and Samuel Eto’o.

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The last decade has had two prominent figures attract attention: Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.  Xavi, Iniesta, Neymar, Busquets, Piqué, Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Modric, contributed to maintaining the rivalry between Barça and Real Madrid at the pinnacle of world football.

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FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid statistics

– Total wins for FC Barcelona: 96 – Total wins for Real Madrid: 99 – Draws: 52 – Goals for FC Barcelona: 402 – Goals for Real Madrid: 412 – Home wins for FC Barcelona: 62 – Home wins for Real Madrid: 64