Messi how did it go in El Clasico?

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The El Clasico – dubbed the biggest game in world football has often had some of the leading footballers of the planet on display.
From Zinedine Zidane clashing with Ronaldinho to the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo's decade long rivalry, the Clasico has never disappointed when it comes to creating a spectacle.

Date: 12/18/2019
Time: 20:00 CEST (local time), 02:00pm EST.
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain.


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BARCELONA:
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Roberto, Rakitic, De Jong, Griezmann; Messi, Suárez (4-4-2)
Bench: Neto (GK), Umtiti, Busquets, Vidal, Aleñá, Pérez, Ansu Fati

REAL MADRID:
Starting XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Valverde; Isco; Bale, Benzema (4-3-1-2)
Bench: Areola (GK), Militão, Nacho, Modric, Rodrygo, Vinicius, Jovic


According to the Barcelona team, the game was broadcast to more than 650 million people worldwide. Nearly 100,000 fans were in attendance.

The match should have taken place in October, but was postponed due to violent demonstrations breaking out across Catalonia over the sentencing of nine Catalan separatist leaders.

Barcelona and Real Madrid played a very intense, very entertaining El Clásico that had all sorts of action but somehow ended without a goal at the Greatest Stadium on Earth.



Disgruntled Barcelona fans have called for their club to sack Ernesto Valverde after a drab, goalless El Clasico with Real Madrid.

Lionel Messi had a particularly quiet night by his high standards and some Barcelona fans are concerned that the manager is failing to get the best out of the club's talisman.

Another focused on Messi lack of effectiveness, saying that the Argentina legend was forced to play as a midfielder.

The draw left Real and Barca tied atop La Liga with both accumulating 36 points from 17 games thus far.

"It’s time for a new coach. We appreciate Valverde but let’s try someone else. It’s time for him to walk away peacefully!"

The Madrid coach was happy with his team's display. He added: 'We played well from the first minute to the last but when you have chances you have to take them.

'We played them in their half and we have to be satisfied with a point.

'We have scored a lot of goals this season but tonight it was not to be.

'The players should be happy with the way they have played.'

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
With 16 goals and 7 assists in the campaign so far, Benzema has turned back the clock with some fine displays in all competition.

The two heavyweight sides have played 275 games against each other with Barcelona winning 115, Real Madrid 99 and 61 matches ended in a draw.



President Florentino Pérez congratulated
by Sergio Ramos historical record of Classics!



Zinédine Zidane has become the first Real Madrid coach to remain undefeated in five straight games as a visitor throughout the history of ElClásico.



Messi how did it go in El Clasico?

 
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