Only one thing beats El Clasico- classic El Clasico.
We’re talking Zinedine Zidane against Luis Enrique. Rivaldo against Fernando Hierro. Raul against Carles Puyol.
Put on your rose tinted glasses and gaze into the glorious past. A simpler time. A happier time.
What if you could channel all the best players from El Clasicos past into one footballer? The only rules are that he’s played three or more seasons for either side (sorry Diego).
We think he’d look a little something like this.
Brain: Zinedine Zidane
Never has football been made to look so easy.
Zidane wasn’t just one step ahead of the opposition, he was a whole mile.
What we’d do to see him ditch the suit and get Los Blancos’ kit once again.
Strength: Fernando Redondo
They don’t make defensive midfielders in the mould of Redondo any more. Think Javier Mascherano with added creative flair.
Redondo won two Champions League trophies, two La Liga titles, the Intercontinental Cup and Spanish Super Cup during his six years in Madrid.
The fact he only got 29 caps for Argentina is, frankly, ridiculous.
Leadership: Carles Puyol
Leader of men.
Not afraid to put himself in the way of danger but equally not too egotistical to break up a fight instead of sparking it.
There were much better players who played in El Clasico, but few possessed his bravery and desire.
Engine: Claude Makelele
How good to you have to be to have a position named after you? Just ask Makelele.
Criminally underrated by Madrid, with president Florentino Perez labelling his technique as ‘average’.
But Zidane understood the genius, asking: “Why put another layer of gold paint on the Bentley when you’re losing the energy?”
We know who we’d rather impress.
Ronaldo circa 1996-1997 was something we’re not even going to try and put into words.
Pace? Tick. Finishing? Tick. Strength? Tick. Fight? Tick. He had everything you’d want in a striker and more.
Knee injuries did their best to end his career but he still possessed enough raw talent to clock up 98 caps for Brazil and win two league titles in Madrid.
No matter the magnitude of the game, whether El Clasico or the Champions League, Ronaldinho played with a smile on his face.
We would be pretty happy too if we were able to do half the things Ronaldinho could do with a football.
One of the few players to be given a standing ovation at the Bernabeu, accompanied by the waving of white hankies.
Right foot: Luis Figo
Greeted with a pig’s head on his return to the Nou Camp, following a world record move from Barcelona to Real Madrid.
His right foot was equally comfortable when being destructive, see his Euro 2000 strike against England, or subtle.
Which club was he better at? It’s hard to say given he won two league titles at both, although his Champions League medal with Madrid in 2002 might just shade it.
Left foot: Raul
Just beats Rivaldo on account of the pure volume, and different styles, of goals he scored with his left foot.
While he might not have had the flair of other Galaticos he was about as consistent as it got when it came to strikers.
Had life turned out differently Raul could have been playing for arch-rivals Atletico Madrid, whom he turned out for at youth level.