Barcelona vs Real Madrid – The Rivalry

Barcelona versus Real Madrid is the biggest rivalry in the football world. There are a lot of fierce matches, but El Classico is the only one. This is rivalry not only for Spain fans. The gap between Barcelonistas and Realistas is everywhere. Every football fan around the world can root just from one club of these two. Barcelona vs Real Madrid. Nothing between. The Rivalry.

The roots

FC Barcelona was founded in Catalunya in 1899. Real Madrid was founded in 1902. The rivalry is not reserved just for football. It is widespread to all sports where both clubs are present. And it draws to politics too.

The split between the clubs is also on political lines. FC Barcelona is the product of proud Catalunya that wish for its independence from Spain. Real Madrid is the club of royalists, of Spain. Word “Real” essentially means royal.


FC Barcelona plays at Camp Nou with a capacity of 99 354 seats.

Nou Camp
Nou Camp

Real Madrid plays at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu with a capacity of 81 044 seats. However, Real Madrid recently presented plans for the reconstruction of its stadium to make it more modern and bigger.

Santiago Bernabeu
Santiago Bernabeu


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Famous Players of the past

There were hundreds of player who let their footprint on one of the clubs. We will name just a few biggest stars of the past.

FC Barcelona: Laszlo Kubala, Luis Suarez, Johan Cruyff, Bernd Schuster, Gary Lineker, Andoni Zubizarreta, Ronald Koeman, Hristo Stoickov, Ronaldinho, Figo, Luis Enrique, Rivaldo

Real Madrid: Alfredo di Stefano, Emilio Butragueno, Hugo Sanchez, Raul, Fernando Hierro, Roberto Carlos, Zinedine Zidane, Figo, Iker Casillas, David Beckham, Ronaldo

Current Squad

FC Barcelona biggest stars: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique, Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong

Real Madrid biggest stars: Eden Hazard, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos


FC Barcelona: Ernesto Valverde

Real Madrid: Zinedine Zidane

Head to Head Stats*

The first match ever between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid was played on 13th May 1902 and Barcelona won 3:1.

Overall the teams played against each other 275 times. 242 matches were in competitions, 33 matches were an exhibition or friendly ones.

Exhibition (Friendly) Matches: 4 Wins for Real Madrid, 10 Draws, 19 Wins for FC Barcelona
Competiton Matches: 95 Wins for Real Madrid, 51 Draws, 96 Wins for FC Barcelona

*as of the end of 2018/2019 season


Every match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid is important, but there are three major competitions that value the most.

The domestic league called La Liga, Spanish Cup (or Copa Del Rey) and Champions League.

Real Madrid won 33 titles in La Liga compared to 26 La Liga titles for FC Barcelona. FC Barcelona won 30 times Spanish Cup compared to 19 cups for Real Madrid. Real Madrid won 13 Champions League editions compared to 5 wins for FC Barcelona.

Future Fixtures

La Liga

27 October 2019: FC Barcelona – Real Madrid
1 March 2020: Real Madrid – FC Barcelona

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