El Clasico: 5 times Real Madrid destroyed Barcelona

Carlos started the onslaught with his freekick in 1999 against Barcelona
Carlos started the onslaught with his freekick in 1999 against Barcelona

More Clasico things here. The countdown to Clasico can’t just seem to end as the two teams are to play on the 24th and football enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for the day to come. El Clasico is like a festival for football fans.

These people know not of Christmas or New Year’s Eve, our days of joy start and end on the day some of the greatest footballing event occurs—and what could be a bigger event than El Clasico this month? Indeed, football fans are more excited about El Clasico than Christmas—that takes place a day later—itself.

When it comes to winning by big margins, El Clasicos of late have had Barca getting the better of their eternal rivals. However, Madrid have also desecrated Barca quite a few times and here are 5 such occasions…

#5 Real Madrid 3-0 Barca

This was during Real Madrid’s Champions-League-winning campaign in 1999-2000. Madrid hosted Barcelona in February in what was the most tumultuous season in La Liga of all time, perhaps. In the 5th minute of the game, Roberto Carlos set himself up to take a free-kick from around 30-yards out.

And he scored. It was a tracer bullet of a free-kick that would see the goalkeeper being unable to do anything about it as it brushed past his gloves into the goal.

Next up, when the clock read 18 minutes, Nicolas Anelka, signed in the summer that season, had an open goal to aim at and he didn’t disappoint, making it 2-0 in the favour of the home side. And the final nail in the coffin was hit in the second half as Fernando Morientes received the ball from Michel Salgado with his back to goal, knocked it a bit ahead to create space and shot it with his left to complete the treble.

And Barcelona’s embarrassment.

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Edited by Amit Mishra
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