La Liga: Top 10 Goals In "El Clasico" History

In con-junction with the first edition of El Clasico 2010/11 season, below are the top 10 goals in it's illustrious history. Please take note, in order to try and head off any calls of bias, five Barcelona goals and five Real Madrid goals have been chosen in this list. Furthermore, please be aware that, all these goals are listed in chronological order and not in any order of preference.

1. Johan Cruyff (Real Madrid v Barcelona, February 1974) – During the early part of the Seventies there were few players who could hold a candle to the amazing talent of Johan Cruyff. Cruyff quickly won over the Barca fans when he told the European press he chose the Catalans over Real Madrid because he could not play for a club associated with the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. More important than his rhetoric however, Cruyff established himself as a Barca legend by helping the club to their first La Liga title since 1960 during the 1973/74 season, during which time he famously dribbled his way past three Real defenders to score during Barca’s incredible 5-0 demolition of the old enemy at the Santiago Bernabeu.

2. Diego Maradona (Real Madrid v Barcelona, February 1984) – Diego Maradona may not have experienced the most glittering part of his career during his three years on the books at the Nou Camp, but the greatest footballer ever to play the game did have one golden moment during El Clasico circa 1984. Showing all the pace, poise, touch and arrogance for which he was famed, Maradona silenced the Bernabeu by racing 50-yards, rounding the keeper, stopping on the line to beat another defender, and then cheekily sticking the ball in the net.

3. Santiago Aragon (Real Madrid v Barcelona, 1990) – When you think of all the great players who have featured in El Clasico few will bother to mention Santo Aragaon. The midfielder played only a handful of games for Los Blancos during the late 80s and early 90s, but the 1990 Spanish SuperCup propelled Aragon into a Madrid legend. Real defeated Barcelona 4-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu, but Aragon stole the show with the third of the game as he lobbed Andoni Zubizarreta from almost 50-yards for his only goal in the Madrid first team.

4. Romario (Barcelona v Real Madrid, January 1994) – There is nothing like scoring a hat-trick in El Clasico to make sure you are adored by your fans for eternity. Brazilian goalscoring legend Romario wrote his name in the record books chalking up trips in an historic 5-0 thrashing at the Nou Camp. His first goal was particularly memorable as he left his marker for dead with a lightning turn in the box, before finishing in almost one movement as he clinically stabbed the ball into the far corner.

5. Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid v Barcelona, February 2000) – Some may think that Roberto Carlos was one of the best free-kick takers of all-time. The truth is that for the majority of his career the human cannonball kept on trying to catch that elusive sweet-spot with his set-plays without success. Yet, on a rare occasion back in 2000, the Real legend managed to pull the rabbit out the hat at just the right time crashing home an unstoppable 30-yard screamer.

6. Zinedine Zidane (Barcelona v Real Madrid, March 2002) – Such has been the historical dominance of Real and Barcelona down the years that in recent times El Clasico hasn’t only been reserved for domestic consumption. In 2002 the enemies faced off in the semi-final of the Champions League and a certain Gallic genius silenced the Nou Camp by crafting an amazing golf-like shot from a bunker to chip keeper Bonano with Phillip Cocu snapping away at his ankles.

7. Raul Gonzalez (Real Madrid v Barcelona, May 2002) – The return leg of the Champions League semi-final saw Raul add his own “Golazo” to Zidane’s stunner. Just before the interval a young Xavi Hernadez lost possession in his own half to Raul and, after steadying himself, the Madrid number seven cracked a wonder-strike into the top corner.

8. Xavi Hernandez (Real Madrid v Barcelona, April 2004) – It’s reasons like this that Xavi is so adored in Catalunya. The midfield magician conjured up a genius goal back in 2004 as the Barcelona number six carried the ball 40-yards upfield before squaring to Ronaldinho, continuing his run into the box, and collected the Brazilian’s incredible up-and-over pass with a sublime volley that left a young Casillas flapping at thin air.

9. Ronaldinho (Real Madrid v Barcelona, November 2005) – There are few things better in football that seeing the likes of Ronaldinho single-handedly destroying an opponent in full-flight. That’s exactly what the Bernabeu crowd witnessed in horror back in 2005 as the bucked-tooth wonder appeared to effortlessly glide across the turf and he skinned three Madrid defenders before planting a low shot into Casillas’s near post.

10. Julio Baptista (Real Madrid v Barcelona, December 2007)  – Julio “The Beast” Baptista may not be one of the players who Real Madrid fans will remember too clearly down the ages, but he will always have this one memento to hold up when he reflects on his fifty-eight games he played for Madrid between 2005 and 2008. The chunky forward teamed up with Ruud van Nistelrooy in an unorthodox, but highly effective one-two before Baptista finished the move with an outstanding first-time outside-of-the-boot strike into the top corner that left Valdes flat on his backside.

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