El Clasico is like opening up a box of chocolates; you never know what surprises may lie within. Both teams boast impressive trophy collections that they are keen to showcase during this exciting competition.
Real Madrid recently won their 93rd trophy when they defeated Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup, surpassing Barcelona and setting a new all-time mark of 93 trophies overall. Here's an analysis of how Real Madrid stacks up against Barcelona across various competitions:
1. La Liga
La Liga (or Liga BBVA from 2008 to 2016) is home to some of the world's most renowned clubs, led by Real Madrid with 35 titles to their name - although Barcelona have seen increased success recently and could easily catch them up if their recent dominance continues.
Catalunya are actually ahead of Madrid when it comes to winning the Copa del Rey; having taken home 31 titles while Madrid only managed 20 victories.
Johan Cruyff revolutionized Barca football when he introduced possession-based play, giving them an advantage that would last decades. They won four consecutive La Liga championships during his time, becoming one of the few teams ever to achieve such a feat.
2. UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League is a premier football competition, giving Europe's premier clubs an opportunity to showcase their best players and create new history. Winning it would mark an enormous achievement for any club!
The UEFA Champions League trophy is awarded to the club that finishes first in its group stage and then conquers its knockout rounds, creating an opportunity for teams from multiple nations to vie for it.
Real Madrid currently leads Barcelona in overall head-to-head wins in the UEFA Champions League. Their rivalry is highly intense and both teams must strive to maintain their current form, as it will have a direct bearing on future El Clasico matches and their seasons overall.
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3. Copa del Rey
Spain may boast more league titles and European Cup/Champions League trophies than Barcelona, yet Barcelona have more Copa del Rey hat-tricks than their Spanish rivals have won overall. Real Madrid have taken it seriously too, winning 19 times already but their last victory came several years ago.
Established in 1903, this competition is Spain's oldest national cup competition and winners automatically qualify for next season's Europa League if not already qualified through their league position.
Barcelona are all-time Copa del Rey champions, winning 31 Cups of Rey. Athletic Club are close behind with 23 victories (depending on your source), followed by Real Madrid with 23. The Catalans also hold an unparalleled two consecutive wins record; one that seems unlikely to be broken anytime soon.
4. Supercopa de Espaa
Real Madrid and Barcelona have long had a history of competing against each other in some of football's premier tournaments, such as the Spanish Super Cup. Since the competition's launch, Los Blancos have won five times while Barca have only ever managed one victory.
Established in 1982, this competition pits league champions against winners of Copa del Rey either over two legs or as single matches. Four times has also seen winners of Cup Winners' Cup take part.
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This tournament boasts a diverse and impressive list of champions, beyond just Atletico Madrid and Real Zaragoza. Team such as Deportivo de La Coruna, Atletico Madrid, RCD Mallorca, Sevilla FC and Real Zaragoza have won titles. Although prize money for winning teams may not compare with that offered in major European club competitions, winning such tournaments still offers them respectable sums of money to commemorate their achievements.
5. Copa del Mundo
Real Madrid boasts an unparalleled history that includes 30 Copa del Rey titles, 13 European Cups (including defunct Cup Winners' Cup), 4 UEFA Cups, 3 Fairs Cups (predecessor of Europa League) and two Latin Cups - surpassing rival Barcelona by one title overall.
As of March 2021, Real Madrid and Barcelona have competed 244 times against each other in competitive matches with each side winning 99 games; 52 draws have also occurred between them.
Both teams have experienced ups and downs this season, yet remain contenders for silverware. It will be interesting to see who claims the top spot in coming weeks; perhaps El Clasico can provide us with an answer!