One of the biggest rivalries in sports takes place in the beautiful country of Spain. Spain is home to La Liga Santander, one of the most respected leagues in European football.
The two teams that headline the league each year are FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. The historic rivalry has been on for decades, and will add a new chapter this Saturday at the Camp Nou.
Here are three things to watch for in El Clásico this weekend:
1,) Cristiano Ronaldo
CR7 leads the league in scoring with 10 goals and has been a main contributor in Real’s success so far this year. The 31-year-old has the third most goals in the rivalry’s history with 16 goals. He set a record by scoring seven goals in six games against Barcelona between the 2011-12 Copa Del Rey and the 2012-13 La Liga Week 7. The Portugal forward will definitely have all eyes on him Saturday in Barcelona.
2.) Lionel Messi
“Lionheart” Lio Messi shares the record for the most hat tricks in El Clásico history. He is just behind Ronaldo in the race for most goals in the league with nine. The Ballon D’or winner also holds the record for the most assists in the rivalry as well. The Argentinian product will lead the squad as they look to take an upperhand in the league.
3.) La Liga standings
Coming into this matchup, Real Madrid holds the spot in the table with 33 points and a 10-3-0 record (W/D/L). Barcelona is six points behind with 27 points and a 8-3-2 record. The teams have met 172 times in La Liga matches, with Real Madrid holding 72 to Barca’s 68. Fans across the globe will tune in on Saturday to see another thrilling episode in the El Clásico saga.