Real Madrid vs Barcelona: 5 forwards who have had the most impact on El Clasicos
The Clasico is upon us and that means the rest of the world can wait while we rejoice at the spectacle that has given millions of people a reason to smile. When Barcelona lock horns with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu it will be more than just 11 men vs 11 men. It will be even more than millions of fans against each other as it is a rivalry that is embedded in the Spanish and Catalan history.
Tempers will flair and sparks will fly and amidst all the chaos that has often gripped these games. However, rising above it all, there have been several individuals who have taken the game by the scruff of the neck and helped their side dominate proceedings.
It is perhaps time for us to look back at five players who seemed to have had the most impact on El Clasico matches.
#1 Cesar Rodriguez Alvarez
Cesar Rodriguez Alvarez, who was otherwise known as just Cesar is a Barcelona legend in his own right. The striker, who featured in 351 league games for the Catalan giants played a stellar role in helping his side become a force to reckon with during his playing days.
He won five La Liga titles during his time at the Camp Nou and is to this day, regarded as one of the most potent strikers when it comes to opportunities from a set piece. His returns of 232 goals in 351 official games made him a record goal scorer at the club for several decades.
However, it was perhaps his ability to find the back of the net against arch-rivals Real Madrid that truly installed him as one of the most revered figures in the history of the club.
Cesar found the back of the net 15 times against Real Madrid in nine games and it seemed like the games against Los Blancos always brought out the best in him as he not only found the back of the net with consistency but also scored some important winners to help his side assert their dominance over Real. In the nine games he scored against Barca’s rivals, he was on the winning side on eight occasions.