We share with you some of the most outstanding Blaugrana moments of this duel of world soccer giants of which La ‘Pulga’ has been a part:
Talking about Real Madrid-Barcelona without mentioning Lionel Messi is, or should be, prohibited. A story that began in 2005 when the Argentine was not yet a super figure worldwide, and that may be the last chapter this Saturday in Madrid, a scenario where he caused so many afflictions to the rival fans as countless moments of joy for your fans.
As a tribute to that history, we borrow the number that suits Messi so well and list 10 memorable classics with Barça. Not always with goals or great performances, but always with a striking fact behind it.
Here we share some of the most outstanding Blaugrana moments of this duel of world soccer giants of which La ‘Pulga’ has been part:
Ovation to Ronaldinho
Impossible to forget your debut in a game like this. Even more so when your team wins 3-0 and has the best player applauded by the rival fans. That was what Messi saw in that 3-0 on November 19, 2005. It was Ronaldinho Gaúcho’s classic, who scored two goals at the Santiago Bernabéu and practically ended Vanderlei Luxemburg’s stay at Real Madrid. The Argentine assisted Eto’o to open the scoring and played 70 minutes, being replaced by Andrés Iniesta.
Hat-trick at age 20
His first big night was March 10, 2007. At the Camp Nou, Real went ahead with Rudd van Nistelrooy, but Messi tied. The Dutchman again put the Madrid team ahead, although the young Barça player repeated the dose. Sergio Ramos made the third and everything was heading towards a merengue victory on Catalan soil. However, Messi appeared with a cross shot to beat Casillas, equalize the classic and score the first hat-trick of his career.
Guardiola’s false 9
The famous classic of May 2, 2009, in which Messi revived the concept of the false 9. Days before facing the current champion at the Bernabéu, Guardiola called the Argentine at dawn to show him a video of how they would beat Real Madrid. Said and done: in the center, but far from the defenders, the Argentine led the ball with two goals and an assist in the historic 6-2, it was the first sign of what Pep would do in the coming years.
First Mourinho Classic
Messi did not score, but he was the conductor of the orchestra that made Real Madrid 5-0 on November 29, 2010, a warm welcome to José Mourinho in his first Clásico, at the Camp Nou. Xavi opened the account, Pedro expanded it and then David Villa scored twice, both with assists from the 10 shirt. Jeffrén closed the account in the largest result in decades.
Show in the Champions
Months after that 5-0, Barcelona and Real Madrid collided in the semifinals of the Champions League. The intense duel, full of cards and hard tackles, was practically decided in the first match, on April 27, 2011, when Messi scored the two goals in the 2-0 victory at the Bernabéu. The culé team would become champion weeks later.
Goals, assists and title
On August 17, 2011, Messi once again frustrated Real Madrid with a historic performance, participating in all the goals of the 3-2 victory at the Camp Nou for the Spanish Super Cup. In the first, he gave a beautiful assist to Iniesta. Then he scored a beautiful goal that even brought Cristiano Ronaldo to his knees. Three minutes from the end, he launched a beautiful volley and defined the triumph of Guardiola and company.
New hat-trick, now with Neymar
Seven years later, Messi scored three goals again in the same game against Real Madrid. That Sunday, March 23, 2014, the star was even more decisive, assisting Iniesta and scoring the rest of the goals of the 4-3 victory, again at the Bernabéu. Barça was twice behind the scoreboard, but the Argentine, with Neymar at his side, shone by converting two penalties in the second half and deciding the Classic.
The iconic celebration
How to forget April 23, 2017, when Messi led Barcelona to another victory in the Spanish capital, reaching 500 goals in his career and taking off his jersey in front of the Real Madrid crowd to immortalize an epic celebration. The photo below shows it. The ace scored two goals in that game, which were not enough to give Barcelona the LaLiga title.
Another 3-0 win at the Bernabéu
Also in 2017, another classic at the Bernabéu and another excellent performance by the Argentine. It is not surprising: two days before Christmas, Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-0, with a penalty goal from Messi, another from Luis Suárez and a third from Aleix Vidal, after an individual play of the 10 shirt that left Marcelo on the left.
Last clash against CR7
On May 6, 2018, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo met for the last time in the Spanish classic. Each left their mark in a match that ended 2-2, with goals also from Suarez and Gareth Bale. Coincidentally, it was Lionel’s last goal against Real Madrid.