Real Madrid and Barcelona matches are usually highly anticipated since they feature two of the best teams in La Liga going head-to-head.
Barcelona and Real Madrid meet again in the Copa del Rey semis after having previously played each other twice in the 2022/23 season (in La Liga and the Spanish Supercopa).
Although the legendary Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo battle is no longer part of the schedule, the matchup still features several of the best players in the world.
There have been 252 competitive matches played between Real Madrid and Barcelona, with Real Madrid winning 101, Barcelona 99, and a tie on 52 occasions. Messi is tied for first all-time with Sergio Ramos and Sergio Busquets for most El Clasico appearances (45), with the latter set to surpass the record this year.
The Trophies at Stake: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid
Barca’s current run of success has allowed them to catch up to their rivals in terms of total trophies, while Madrid still holds a significant lead in La Liga.
With 34 league titles, Los Blancos are eight more successful than the Blaugrana in Spain. They also have a sizable advantage over Barcelona in the Champions League, having won 13 titles to the latter’s five.
|Copa del Rey||19||31|
|Supercopa de Espana||12||14|
|UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup||0||4|
|UEFA Super Cup||5||5|
|Club World Cup||5||3|
While Real has won the UEFA Cup (now the Europa League) twice, Barcelona has won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup a record four times. Before UEFA took over the tournament’s administration, Barcelona won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup three times. This tournament is now known as the UEFA Cup.
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Barcelona vs Real Madrid: A Comparison
Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who are currently playing for other teams, helped define the modern era of football as much as Real Madrid and Barcelona did as clubs.
Every year since Ronaldo left Manchester United for La Liga, the two superstars have fought for the Ballon d’Or.
In December 2019, Messi won his sixth Ballon d’Or, putting him above of Ronaldo, who had won five. In 2021, after Messi had left Camp Nou for Paris Saint-Germain, he won the trophy again.
Real Madrid has won 12 Ballon d’Ors, matching Barcelona’s total, thanks to Karim Benzema’s win in 2017. Former Blaugrana players who have won the award include Johan Cruyff (with three titles), Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Hristo Stoichkov, and Luis Suarez (the elder).
It’s funny to think back to a time when Madrid wasn’t known for signing “Galacticos” after Alfredo di Stefano won two in a row and Raymond Kopa won another in successive years in the 1950s.
It is debatable whether or not Luis Figo, who spent half the year on the opposing team before making an unexpected switch to Madrid, could be considered a true Madrid winner of the 2000 Ballon d’Or.
After paying tribute to Ronaldo Nazario and Fabio Cannavaro, Ronaldo and Messi took over. For a period, things were evened out by Luka Modric’s 2018 win, which saw him defeat Ronaldo while Messi didn’t even place in the top three.
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