Real Madrid vs Barcelona Live Stream Online,El Clasico, the world’s greatest soccer rivalry, is back this Saturday as Real Madrid faces Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu. Here’s how you can watch the match, what to know, injury news and more.
Total budgets nearing $1 billion, revenues unthinkable just one decade ago, $300 million in annual sponsorships, and studies underway to strengthen their financial and media position. El Clasico may indeed be a pinnacle moment for the Spanish League, but the battle to be had between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid extends well beyond the pitch.
The two giants of Spanish football have become the world’s most popular clubs. At the start of the 21st century this title was held by Manchester United, which, with the talents of David Beckham and some outstanding marketing, came to be considered the most popular club in the world. But the tide has since turned.
The Galacticos catapulted Madrid to a leading position while resisting the strength of Ronaldinho’s Barcelona, but it was Guardiola’s football genius, accompanied by Lionel Messi and ultimate globalization, that put Barcelona on route to the unquestionable lead (a lead that has once again come into contest in recent years).
“You can’t win them all, and one must be prepared to resist the negative impact that will occur when Messi retires,” a sports marketing specialist that works with several clubs explained to ESPN, highlighting the good “fortune” that Barcelona and Real Madrid enjoyed having Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the same time.
Barcelona will look to take a big step towards winning the Primera Division by beating Real Madrid in the Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.
Ernesto Valverde’s side are six points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid in the table after 16 rounds of matches, with Real provisionally 11 back in fourth – albeit with a game in hand following their participation in the Club World Cup.
Victory for the Blaugrana, who are unbeaten in all competitions since the sides’ Supercopa de Espana series in August, would leave Madrid with a mountain to climb in the second half of the season to retain their title.
The iconic moment of last season’s LaLiga meeting between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu was Lionel Messi’s last-minute winner and his subsequent shirt-holding celebration, but Sergio Ramos wasn’t able to witness it live.
That’s because he was busy lathering up with soap in his early shower, having been dismissed for flying in on the Argentine in the 77th minute of the game, a moment which left Los Blancos a man down and exposed.
Just as significant to the capital city side was the fact that Casemiro, their defensive midfield flytrap, was on the bench, with Zinedine Zidane having had little choice but to withdraw him in the 70th minute, given that he’d picked up a 12th minute yellow card and was at serious risk of collecting his own red.