Madrid vs Barca: The 10 Best Matches in El Clasico’s History


The Madrid vs Barca Match holds a huge significance in football history. As a football fan, their rivalry is among the important and top-viewed matches. There has been a long list of reasons between the two dominating Spanish clubs for their conflict. From the beginning of the times till date. Both the teams will face each other at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on 16th October for the La Liga.

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When Barcelona and Real Madrid meet, there is always action, and this decade’s biggest game has produced some memorable battles. During the long history between Real Madrid and Barcelona, there have been 249 competitive Clasicos, with the most recent being in a 4-0 defeat of the home team at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Along with the current standings in mind, it is time to look over the best El Clasico games in the past decade. Below are the top 10 best matches of Madrid vs Barca.

1. Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid – La Liga (October 2018)

The game ended Julen Lopetegui’s short reign as Real Madrid manager. Even without Lionel Messi, Barcelona crushed their old opponents, with Luis Suarez scoring a spectacular hat-trick. The other goals came from Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal as Los Blancos were beaten into silence.

2. Madrid vs Barca 2-1 – La Liga (April, 2012)

Jose Mourinho failed to get the best out of Barcelona while managing Real Madrid, but he surely did so there. The Portuguese’s efficient counter-attacking side gathered up three points, ultimately securing the men in white the La Liga title. Los Blancos took the lead through Sami Khedira, but Alexis Sanchez equalized shortly after. However, three minutes after the Chilean equalizer, Cristiano Ronaldo struck to silence Camp Nou, before delivering the classic ‘slow down’ celebration.

3. Real Madrid 0-4 Barcelona – La Liga (November, 2015)

For the second time on this list, Barcelona delivered an amazing El Clasico performance without the assistance of their best-ever ever player. Rafa Benitez’s strike Real Madrid side was split through with terrifying frequency, and Neymar and Suarez were simply unstoppable.

Andres Iniesta’s goal in front of the Bernabeu crowd was one of his best, with Madridistas cheering him off the field. To get such a standing ovation as a rival player, you have to be extremely unique.

4. Madrid vs Barca 2-1 – La Liga (April, 2016)

Another game, another red card for Sergio Ramos. Despite their captain being gone for early treatment, Los Blancos managed to win the game this time. Goals from Gerard Pique and Karim Benzema tied the game at 1-1, and Ramos was sent off in the 83rd minute.

Although, just two minutes after his dismissal, Ronaldo stunned Camp Nou once more, striking significant damage to Barcelona’s La Liga title hopes. The Blaugrana eventually won the league, but by only one point.

5. Madrid vs Barca 2-3 – La Liga (April, 2017)


The young Argentine was at it again in the Spanish capital, scoring a stunning late winner to open up the La Liga title race, which Real Madrid finally won. Casemiro opened the scoring before Messi and Ivan Rakitic pushed Barcelona ahead.

Ramos was subsequently sent out, obviously, for a harsh foul on Messi. However, with five minutes remaining, James Rodriguez equalized for the 10 hosts, but Messi was on hand to have the final say with an excellent finish. 

“Jordi Alba, LIONEL MESSIIIIII!!!! Oh my goodness, Lionel Messi has done it again he’s superhuman!”. This is one of the iconic commentary moments by Sky Sports Rob Palmer in the Madrid vs Barca Match.

6. Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid – La Liga (November, 2010)

Total and complete devastation, the decade’s most one-sided El Clasico. Pep Guardiola humiliated Jose Mourinho at Camp Nou, with Messi putting in one of his best games ever despite failing to score. Xavi, Pedro, and David Villa laid waste to Los Blancos, with substitute Jeffren laying the final blow late on to make it 5-0. Ramos was sent out for a wild swipe on Messi. For those from the Spanish capital, it was a night to remember.

7. Real Madrid 1-0 Barcelona – Copa del Rey final 2010/11


Mourinho’s first trophy as Real Madrid manager which he did enjoy. The two sides met in the Mestalla just before their historic Champions League encounter and what a game it was. The two sides fought hard, but nothing could keep them apart in normal times. Cristiano Ronaldo had a chance in extra time, striking a pressure goal in the 113th minute to send the trophy back to the Bernabeu.

8. Madrid vs Barca 0-2 – Champions League 2010/11


Madrid vs Barca – one of the most memorable Champions League matches in recent history. To stop Barcelona, Mourinho used Pepe in a defensive midfield role, but he was sent off for a high shot on Dani Alves. Barcelona took advantage of their 10-man opponents, with Messi scoring at the near post to put the Blaugrana ahead. Minutes later, the Argentine scored one of the most spectacular El Clasico goals in recent memory, dancing past the entire Real Madrid defense and kicking the ball under Iker Casillas.

9. Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona – Copa del Rey final 2013/14

Bale ran around the outside of the Spanish defender before racing into the Barcelona area and hitting a game-winning goal in extra time. Angel Di Maria put Los Blancos ahead in normal time, but Bartra leveled for the Blaugrana. Yet Bale made the second cup final El Clasico of the decade all about him, scoring one of the best goals in the fixture’s history

10 Madrid vs Barca 3-4 – La Liga (March, 2014)


A Messi hat-trick, a red card for Ramos, and the best El Clasico of the decade, probably ever. The amount of excitement packed into 90 minutes at the Bernabeu was amazing, and it all started in the seventh minute. Iniesta put the visitors ahead before Benzema scored twice to put Los Blancos in control. Messi then evened up soon before halftime, but a penalty from Ronaldo gave Real Madrid a 3-2 lead.

However, at 63 minutes, Ramos was sent out for bringing down Neymar in the area, and Messi scored the resulting penalty. Then, with another penalty in the 84th minute, the Argentine completed his second triple against Barcelona’s old rival.

Sophie is a sports broadcaster and journalist for VPN Sports. She has been reporting news on football for over a year now.