El Clasico. It’s probably the biggest game in world football each season, and it always throws up some sort of drama.
Be it needless pushing and shoving, theatrics or mesmerising goals, matches involving Real Madrid and Barcelona, two of the biggest clubs in the world, always deliver.
There have been a fair few thrashings over the years, too. Here are the biggest wins for both Real and Barça.
We start off with a few convincing wins rather than utter thrashings. One such result came in 1998.
Sonny Anderson, Luis Figo and Giovanni were the scorers that day as Barça cruised to victory at Camp Nou.
Meho Kodro, who has managed Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sarajevo since retiring as a player, got two goals in this steady 3-0 win. Luis Figo grabbed the other.
Barça finished the 1995/96 season seven points adrift of champions Atletico Madrid.
It’s always nice to go to your rivals’ back yard and smash them, isn’t it?
Barça did that back in 1984 as strikes from Steve Archibald and Ramon Caldere, alongside Angel’s own goal, sealed a statement victory.
Jaime Sospedra was at the double in this fixture, with all three of Barça’s goals coming in the second half.
Jose Valle got the other.
Lionel Messi didn’t even start this game but by the time he was introduced as a substitute, Barça were three goals to the good.
Luis Suarez, Neymar and Andres Iniesta had the Catalan giants cruising before the hour mark, with Suarez adding a fourth in the 74th minute.
Isco came on as a substitute for Real and then got sent off. Funny.
This was an ill-tempered affair, with Zoltan Czibor and Jose Santamaria both dismissed in the 74th minute.
However, the game as a contest was over by that point courtesy of Evaristo’s hat-trick, while Juse Tejada added a fourth late on just for good measure.
Philippe Coutinho’s first playing spell at Barcelona didn’t go down too well, so it’s funny looking back to see he opened the scoring in this thrashing in 2018.
It soon became the Luis Suarez show as the Uruguayan scored a hat-trick, with Arturo Vidal netting late on. Marcelo did get one for Real, but obviously that wasn’t enough.
Things actually weren’t looking good for Barça when Alfredo di Stefano scored in the sixth minute here.
But La Blaugrana didn’t panic, responding with two goals from Justo Tejada and further strikes from Cesar Rodriguez, Moreno and Manchon.
All great names, those.
Fancy trying to deal with a young Lionel Messi, the ever threatening Thierry Henry and the outrageously good Samuel Eto’o?
No, of course not, and Real Madrid’s defenders didn’t either on this night in 2009.
Henry and Messi scored two apiece, while centre back partners Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique also helped themselves as Barça racked up six.
Lionel Messi hasn’t had too many better games than this one, even if he was getting smacked about throughout. The Argentine set two goals up but actually wasn’t among the scorers.
Instead, David Villa got two, with Xavi, Pedro and Jeffren also chipping in.
His Wikipedia page may read similarly to a League Two journeyman, but Romario was brilliant pretty much wherever he went, especially in his one full season at Barcelona.
The Brazil legend scored a hat-trick in this clash, with Ronald Koeman and Ivan Iglesias also cashing in on some lacklustre Real defending.
This was around the time that Johan Cruyff was strutting his stuff as one of the best players in world, so of course he led Barça to a massive win at Real in 1974.
The Dutchman scored twice that day, with Juan Manuel Asensi joining him with a brace.
This was a second-half blitz if ever there was one.
Cesar Rodriguez put Barça ahead in the 41st minute and added another just after the break before Jose Bravo, Jose Escola and Jose Gonzalvo added some gloss to the scoreline.
A massive day out here for Martin Vantolra, who scored four times to lead Barça to an emphatic victory.
Jose Escola also netted that day.
What a truly glorious scoreline for Barça fans.
This historic win was down to the efforts of Mateu Nicolau Gar and Marcos Aurelio, both of whom scored twice, alongside Cesar Rodriguez, Jose Gonzalvo and Basora.
Despite the thumping victory, Barcelona would only finish fourth, with Atletico Madrid topping the 1950/51 table.
Real knew they had a little bit of work to do here, having lost the first leg of the Supercopa 2-1 at Camp Nou.
Fortunately for them, Raul came of age with two goals before Predrag Mijatovic and Clarence Seedorf put them firmly in command of the tie.
Giovanni did pull one back late on, but Los Blancos still secured the Supercopa 5-3 on aggregate.
Again, Real had to come from behind to win this Supercopa clash as Jon Andoni Goikoetxea struck the first blow in the 20th minute.
Emilio Butragueno had the scores level around a minute later before edging Los Blancos ahead just before half time.
Hugo Sanchez and Santi Aragon then scored in the second half to wrap up a 5-1 aggregate victory.
Amancio is great name for a footballer, we can all agree on that. He’s a legendary figure at Real, perhaps due in part to his hat-trick against the old enemy in this 4-1 win.
Fernando Serena netted his side’s fourth, though Cayetano Re had reduced the deficit earlier in the game.
Barcelona finished this season in fourth while Real Madrid could only manage ninth, which makes this result a little puzzling.
Regardless, it was a fun day out for Jesus Narro, who grabbed a hat-trick, while Pahino also got in on the act.
Gaspar Rubio was one of Spain’s best forwards in his heyday, ending this particular season with 19 league goals, just one shy of top scorer Guillermo Gorostiza.
He was on the scoresheet twice here, with Francisco Lopez, Jaime Lazcano and Barça’s Carlos Bestit also netting.
This was a season that saw Real and Barça finish in the top two league positions, and Los Blancos’ two wins over their fierce rivals ultimately proved pivotal.
While the fixture at Camp Nou ended in a closer 3-2, Real ran away with the game at the Bernabeu as Henning Jensen scored twice.
As a defender in the olden days, it must have been nightmarish lining up against both Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo di Stefano.
Both scored in this thumping win, with Puskas notching a hat-trick.
This game was wrapped up by the 50th minute, with Luis Valle, Josep Samitier, Luis Regueiro and Eugenio all scoring.
It was Athletic Club’s season, pipping Real to the league title by two points.
Uh oh, Puskas and Di Stefano are up to their old tricks again.
In this fixture in 1963, the Hungarian legend scored three in a thoroughly one sided contest.
These defences, man. Someone should have had a word.
Anyway, Luis Molowny was on top form here, scoring once and setting up another three en route to another 5-1 win.
You didn’t see this game? Really? Why on earth not? Ah yes, because it took place in the year 1930. Fair enough.
Two goals from Gaspar Rubio and three from Jaime Lazcano had Real up 5-0 in the 72nd minute, with Goiburu pulling one back for the visitors.
Right then, here are a few Real players you might have heard of.
Ivan Zamorano was the main man here, scoring a first-half hat-trick before Luis Enrique and Jose Amavisca netted.
Among the Barça players that day were Ronald Koeman, Pep Guardiola, Gheorge Hagi and Hristo Stoichkov.
Funnily enough, Michael Laudrup had been on the Barça side that beat Real 5-0 just the season before.
Los Blancos legend Alfredo di Stefano was one of the showstoppers back in 1953, scoring twice in this 5-0 win.
Roque Olsen also netted a brace, with Luis Molowny grabbing the other.
Striker Pahino helped himself to three goals here as Real went six goals up inside 70 minutes.
Jose Gonzalvo did pull one back late on for Barça, but obviously it wasn’t enough to save a embarrassing defeat.
Neither Real nor Barça would win the title that season – instead, Atletico Madrid helped themselves to their third title.
Here it is. The biggest victory in Clasico history, and it belong to Real Madrid.
They might not batter Barcelona by ludicrous scorelines too often nowadays, but on one February night in 1935 they ran riot against their Catalan opposition.
Fernando Sanudo scored four and Jaime Lazcano added another three, with Luis Regueiro making it an even eight.
This was the last time Barcelona had lost 8-2 prior to the humiliating loss to Bayern Munich in the 2019/20 Champions League.