There can only be one king in Spain and no we are not talking about King Felipe VI or a song by The Tallest Man on Earth (although, you should check that out). We are obviously talking about the historical football rivalry between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona.
The two Spanish powerhouses have long been the pillar of La Liga featuring some of the best football players in the world including Alfredo Di Stéfano, Ferenc Puskás, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi over the years.
While Barcelona has always been that rebellious child that has identified itself as the symbol of Catalan identity, Madrid has been the epitome of a traditionalistic Spain. If that political divide ain’t the ingredient of a fierce rivalry, I don’t know what is.
El Clasico History
Don’t worry, we ain’t gonna dwell too deep into the bloody history between Real Madrid and Barcelona and bore you to death. Here are some of the bullet points that will give you an idea:
El Clasico obviously refers to the meetings between Real Madrid and Barcelona in any competition (La Liga, Champions League, Copa del Rey or Super Cups).
While Barcelona and Real Madrid are two of the richest and most successful football clubs in the world right now, there was a time when things got real bloody between these two powerhouses of Spain.
If we go back to as far as 1936, the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco’s troops arrested and executed Josep Sunyol, member of the Republican Left of Catalonia and Deputy to The Cortes, without any trials. That act obviously didn’t sit well with the Catalan people and only added fuel to an already massively burning fire between the two sets of opposite ideologies.
And of course, later on, there was also the creation of Ultras groups. While Real Madrid’s far-right leaning was named Ultra Sur, Barcelona came up with their initially left-leaning and later on far-right ultras group, Boixos Nois. Both of them were known for their hooliganism and violent acts.
While the present is a lot more sophisticated and advanced to waste their time on hooliganism, the fixtures between these two clubs is still one of the most anticipated sporting events in the world that features some of the best players in the world, and of course, some friendly banters.
While most of the modern football fans don’t have the time, energy and frankly, an absence of common sense, to get into hooliganism, there’s always room for friendly rivalries and banters, right?
Whether it’s Cristiano Ronaldo taking off his shirt at Camp Nou in August 2017 to imitate Lionel Messi’s celebration at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2016 (and then getting sent off for diving!), even the football players can’t help getting into a bit of a banter themselves!
Banter Box is a unique mobile application where the fans from all over the world get together at a single platform to post funny and browse through memes, images and ultimate Banters against the club of their likings.
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