Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona is known as “El Clásico” for a reason, it’s one of the biggest attractions in La Liga and this year, as in the past it will feature the clash of two soccer titans, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The two — who most consider to be the best soccer players in the world, some even say they’re the best in the history of the sport — have a contentious relationship and are bent on proving to the world they are the best indeed.
This time will mark the 226th time Real Madrid has faced FC Barcelona and not only that, the match could determine who wins La Liga.
Real Madrid has been smoking hot with Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo at the helm and even when he was suspended for three games for a ridiculous shove of an Athletic Bilbao player, the team continued to do well and did not miss a step in his absence, with the valuable participation of Gareth Bale and Karim Benzama.
FC Barcelona, for its part, has had a good season and was in a three-way-tie for weeks (along with Real and Atletico Madrid), which was broken when they lost, in uncharacteristic fashion, to Real Sociedad on February 22.
If Real Madrid wins “El Clásico” they would stand seven-points ahead of Barcelona in La Liga’s table, an almost insurmountable deficit considering the high level of soccer “Los Blancos” are playing this year.
The term “El Clásico” used to be referred to when Real Madrid and Barcelona played in the UEFA Champions League and other international competitions, but it evolved and is now used anytime the two legendary teams meet.
There is no question that this meeting holds great anticipation, not just because of its potential influence in the final standings, but because of the meeting between Ronaldo and Messi, who everyone expects to put on a skills clinic.
After four-years of witnessing Lionel Messi taking the highest individual award in the sport, the FIFA Ballon d’Or, Cristiano Ronaldo finally won the accolade of best player in the world in 2014, for the second time in his career.
Both players have suffered injuries, which sidelined them for a few weeks, Messi was out longer than Ronaldo and both seem to be back in full form, just in time for Real Madrid and Barcelona’s “El Clásico.”
But this is not the only opportunity to see Real and Barcelona’s superstars face-off, both teams are in the Copa del Rey final and will play against each other next month.
As to who has the odds for Sunday’s match? Real Madrid hasn’t lost in over 30 games (the law of probability may be against them, it has to happen sometime) and most are expecting them to take the victory today. That is always added pressure.
Match: Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona
Time: 9 pm local, 4 pm ET
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain
Watch on TV: beIN Sports USA, beIN Sports en Español (US), Sky Sports 1 (UK), beIN Sports Canada (Canada), Canal+ 1 (Spain)
Watch Online: beIN Sports Play (US and Canada)
Listen on the Radio: SiriusXM, Channel 94 (US)
Will you be watching Real Madrid and FC Barcelona face-off in El Clásico? Who are you rooting for?
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