Friday, April 20th, 2012
On Saturday night planet football will come to a standstill.
The show-stopping battle between the two great Spanish rivals will be over-hyped for everything that it’s worth. Pep Guardiola versus Jose Mourinho. Lionel Messi versus Cristiano Ronaldo. Madridstas versus Catalans. Tiki Taka versus the Galacticos project. Etc and so on.
For all neutrals though, all we want to see is an unforgettable game littered with unforgettable goals. And it is within that context that we’ve trawled through the history books and handpicked our selection of the top 10 goals in El Clasico history.
Please note, in order to try and head off any calls of bias we’ve chosen five Barcelona goals and five Real Madrid goals in our top ten. Further, please be aware that we have listed these goals in chronological order and not in any order of preference.
We expect there to be plenty of disagreement, so have your say by leaving us a comment below.
Johan Cruyff (Real Madrid v Barcelona, February 1974)
Diego Maradona (Real Madrid v Barcelona, February 1984)
Santiago Aragon (Real Madrid v Barcelona, 1990)
Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid v Barcelona, February 2000)
Zinedine Zidane (Barcelona v Real Madrid, March 2002)
Raul Gonzalez (Real Madrid v Barcelona, May 2002)
Xavi Hernandez (Real Madrid v Barcelona, April 2004)
Ronaldinho (Real Madrid v Barcelona, November 2005)
Julio Baptista (Barcelona v Real Madrid, December 2007)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona v Real Madrid, April 2011)