New Delhi: This weekend’s El Clasico will be the decider of Real Madrid’s fate in the La Liga this season. Their Clasico rival Barcelona are currently on top of the table with an 11 point lead over the fourth-placed capital club, even though they have a game in hand.
The last time when they met in 2017’s Spanish Super Cup, Madrid trounced Barca 5-1 on aggregate over the course of two legs. Youngster Marco Asensio scored two stunners, meanwhile current Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo hammered a beauty in the first leg. Lionel Messi scored the Catalan outfit’s lone solitary goal.
Every season is marked with a highlight on the two Clasicos between these two Spanish outfits. Out of a total 269 El Clasico matches, Barcelona (111) have won the most – with Real’s Manuel Sanchis (43 times) making the most appearances and Lionel Messi (24 goals) scoring the highest number of goals. Real Madrid has recorded the largest victory, which was 19th June 1943, when they trounced Barca 11-1, in the Copa del Rey.
In the 2016-17 season, the two teams faced each other twice in the league – with the first meeting ending as a 1-1 draw and the second meeting was a Barcelona victory in a tense 3-2 contest, with the Argentine genius scoring the winner in stoppage time.