It does not matter whether you are a fan of the sport or not, there are great lessons in the game of life that can be learned from this sport. The Great Vince Lombard once said “Football is like life — it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority”.By replacing the words “Football is like life” with “To have a great life” you have winning formula for a great life.Football is not just about goal tallies and revenue figures but also inspiration and style!
And then there is a clash between two teams which is much more than just a game. The mother of all clashes named “El Classico” (The Classic) is the name given in football to any match between fierce rivals Real Madrid C.F. and F.C. Barcelona. The two biggest and richest football clubs on the planet have chance to play some breath-taking football which is just unimaginable to the eyes.When FC Barcelona and Real Madrid play you realise why football is so important in Spain. It’s what makes most Spanish people proud and the whole world wonder just how the standard of this beautiful game is so unparalleled. Many people will argue there are few teams who create more passion. It is estimated that around 400 million people in 198 countries watch “El Clasico”.
The rivalry comes about as Madrid and Barcelona are the two largest cities in Spain, and they are sometimes identified with opposing political positions, with Real Madrid represents Spanish nationalism and Barcelona represents Catalan nationalism.Football should be football, however some people see “El Clasico” as a Spain vs Catalonia despite the statistics showing around 1 million Real Madrid supporters in Catalonia and a massive following for FC Barcelona in the rest of Spain.
The Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
The Camp Nou, Barcelona
Modern salaries have certainly affected the matches, but Real Madrid and Barcelona are clubs with equally different fanbases. That being said, the all-time history between these clubs is almost very close.Real Madrid leads the head to head results in competitive matches with 93 wins to Barcelona’s 90, while Barcelona leads in total matches with 109 wins to Real Madrid’s 97. For the last 6-7 years, not only the match itself attracts the attention of the world, but also the confrontation between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, two of the best players in the history of the game.
The records hold by these two athletes are simply astonishing. The eight Ballon d’Or shared between them is just a proof that how these two do the wonders that nearly impossible for their counterparts. The flavor of the El Classico comes when these two playing their hearts out for that significant win.
There would be many rivalries in team sports like India- Pakistan Cricket Match, The Ashes, The Manchester Derby but El Classico holds a pole position in this bracket. Millions of people are always keen to see the fixtures of El Classico and hope for their respective beloved team to win.
So if you are new to this Classic Rivalry, Just Keep Calm and Watch “El Classico”.