El Clásico, a benchmark for world-class football having featured some of the best players to ever step foot across that white line. A universal bum on seat moment for football fans across the globe, tuning in to watch the finest 22 players battle it out for bragging rights across Spain.
We sat down with Luis Figo, DAZN football pundit and former Barcelona and Real Madrid man, to go through his best XI whilst playing for both clubs:
“I was lucky enough to play with many important players through my career. If I had to mix up my best XI at Barcelona and Real Madrid…
“Iker Casillas as goalkeeper, he won everything, a world champion.
“Michel Salgado as right back. Hierro the first central defender, he’s like my brother. The second central defender, myself, so I can get out of the defence line with the ball and act as the playmaker. Next up, Roberto Carlos, the best left back ever and an example for many in the game.
“At right midfielder I would put David Beckham although I was better at crossing! Then Makélélé, to get some balance in midfield. Zizou next, no words needed. As a right forward, Raul, a great player against Barcelona.
“Up front I’d have Ronaldo R9, I never played an El Clásico with CR7. And finally, Rivaldo, so at least there is one Barcelona player!”
The century old rivalry enters a new dawn this year as for the first time since 2007, the fixture will see the absence of superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The former Los Blancos talisman switched Madrid for Turin this summer, as Lionel Messi, El Clásico’s all-time top goal scorer, is side-lined after fracturing his arm during a 4-2 win over Sevilla last Saturday.
Enter the new guard, players hungry to make their mark in one the most anticipated fixtures in the football calendar. Coutinho, Rafinha and Dembélé all looking to become an instant Catalonian hero on arguably one of the largest stages to announce yourself. Wearing the famous Real Madrid Club de Fútbol badge, ready to spoil Barcelona’s 41 unbeaten league game record at the Camp Nou, stands Gareth Bale, Luka Modrić and Spanish international Marco Asensio.
As both Spanish powerhouses enter uncharted territory this Sunday, DAZN pulls many parallels – quickly becoming the new guard for sports fan across the world. The first global pure-sport live and on-demand streaming service, DAZN in bringing a new era of how fans consume sport whilst being disruptive to some of the more traditional linear broadcasters.
DAZN will be screening the El Clásico in Japan, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It will also be available in Canada on DAZN from beIN Sports.