When FC Barcelona and Real Madrid play it’s called El Clasico because there simply isn’t a bigger soccer match in the world. It’s the two largest cities in Spain facing off – and two of the most valuable sports teams on Earth (eclipsed only by the Dallas Cowboys). Messi, Suarez and Neymar for Barcelona versus Bale, Benzema and Cristiano for Real Madrid.
It doesn’t get any bigger than this, and it’s happening at Hard Rock Stadium.
El Clasico History and Statistics
Real Madrid and Barcelona have played 265 times in their illustrious histories, with Barcelona leading 109 to 97 with 109 draws. Excluding friendlies, however, Real Madrid leads 93-90 with 19 draws. So regardless of how you count it, this rivalry is pretty much even. No one has scored more goals in El Clasico matches than Lionel Messi with 21. Cristiano Ronaldo is third all-time with 16. Ronaldo also holds the record for most consecutive matches with a goal: He scored six in a row and seven goals overall between the 2011 and 2013.
Andres Iniesta of Barcelona leads all active players with 34 Clasico appearances. His teammate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos are tied for second with 33 consecutive matches.
The Miami Clasico is the first time Barcelona and Real Madrid have played in North America and only the second time they’ve played outside their home country. The first and thus far only Clasico not on Spanish soil was at the 1982 Venezuela Cup, where Real Madrid won 1-0.