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Barcelona vs Real Madrid - El Clasico History and Head to Head Record

Your guide to the ultimate rivalry in Spanish football
Barcelona vs Real Madrid El Clasico History and Head to Head Record
Lionel Messi's celebration during the El Clasico against Real Madrid on April 23, 2017 was symbolic of the fierce rivalry (Getty Images)

El Clásico is one of the biggest sporting rivalries in sport and one of the most anticipated club football matches in the world. Contests between Spain’s fiercest rivals Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona have featured some of the best players that have ever played football, including Alfredo Di Stéfano, Ferenc Puskás, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The El Clasico rivalry transcends football with political factions in Spain’s two largest cities at the forefront. Barcelona identifies itself as Catalan and a symbol of Catalan identity, while Madrid is the historical centre of traditionalist Spain. Read on for our Barcelona vs Real Madrid El Clasico history and head to head record.

El Clasico History

These clubs first met competitively in the 1916 Copa del Rey with four matches played to see which club advanced to the final against Athletic Bilbao. Real Madrid legend Santiago Bernabéu scored in every match with six goals in total, including one in the second replay to take Los Blancos through to the final with a 4-2 win.

The history between these clubs is bloody. In 1936 Spanish dictator Francisco Franco’s troops arrested and executed Josep Sunyol, president of Barcelona and member of the Republican Left of Catalonia.

El Clasico used to refer only to meetings in the Spanish championship, but these days the term includes every match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, such as UEFA Champions League, Copa del Rey and Super Cups. These clubs are two of the richest and most successful clubs in world football, with huge global fanbases and a big influence on social media.

Ronaldo imitates Messi after scoring for Real Madrid against Barcelona in the Spanish Supercup on August 13, 2017 (Getty Images).

The fixture is known for a no holds barred attitude and has featured some memorable goal celebrations, including Ronaldo’s famous shirt celebration at Camp Nou in August 2017. Ronaldo took off his shirt after scoring to put Real Madrid 2-1 up in the Spanish Supercup first-leg tie. Ironically, Ronaldo was sent off just minutes later for diving.

Ronaldo was imitating Lionel Messi's celebration at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2016, part of another great player rivalry in El Clasico, rguably the best player rivalry in football history. Messi is the highest scorer in El Clasico’s with 26 goals, Cristiano Ronaldo tied with Alfredo Di Stefano on 18 goals with Raúl next best with 15 El Clasico goals.

El Clasico Head to Head

Real Madrid leads the head to head results in competitive matches with 95-92. Barcelona leads in total matches with 112 wins to Real Madrid's 99 including friendlies and exhibition matches.

La Liga record

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF have met each other in every La Liga season since its inception in 1929. They are two of the only three inaugural members never been relegated from the Primera División alongside Athletico Bilbao.

The head to head record in La Liga is very close after 177 matches, Real Madrid edging Barcelona 72-71 with 34 draws. In home fixtures Real Madrid have won 52 and Barcelona 50 matches.

Total La Liga Matches
Real Madrid Wins72
Barcelona Wins71
Real Madrid Goals285
Barcelona Goals282

El Clasico La Liga Home and Away record

Home Wins
Home Draws
Home Losses
Goals For
Goals Against
Real Madrid521521286287

Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick for FC Barcelona in the 5-1 win against Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on October 28, 2018 (Getty Images)

Copa del Rey record

The Spanish Cup or Copa del Rey is the oldest competition Spain with Barcelona and Real Madrid meeting for the first time in 1916. They required four matches to decide who advanced to the Copa del Rey final with two replays following home and away fixtures.

The last time these clubs met in the Copa del Rey was the 2013-14 final at Mestalla in Valencia. Ángel Di María put Real Madrid ahead 1-0 after 11 minutes, Marc Bartra equalising for Barcelona before Gareth Bale scored in the 85th minute to hand Los Blancos the title.

Total Copa del Rey Matches34
Real Madrid Wins12
Barcelona Wins15
Real Madrid Goals65
Barcelona Goals67

El Clasico Copa del Rey Home and Away record

TeamHome WinsHome DrawsHome LossesOther Venus Wins
Real Madrid5564

Spanish Super Cup record

The Supercopa de España or Spanish Super Cup is contested each season by the winners of La Liga and the Copa del Rey. Established in 1982, it has been an El Clasico seven times with Real Madrid victorious on six occasions to one. 

They last met in the 2017-18 Spanish Super Cup with Real Madrid winning 3-1 in Barcelona before a 2-0 win in Madrid in the second leg for a 5-1 aggregate win.

Total Spanish Super Cup Matches14
Real Madrid Wins8
Barcelona Wins4
Real Madrid Goals30
Barcelona Goals18

El Clasico Spanish Super Cup Home and Away record

TeamHome WinsHome DrawsHome Losses
Real Madrid610

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring for Real Madrid in the Super Cup first leg match against Barcelona at Camp Nou on August 23, 2012 (Getty Images)

UEFA Champions League record

Unsurprisingly, Spain’s two top clubs have also met in the most prestigious club tournament in world football, the Champions League which was known as the European Cup prior to 1992. They have met four times; 1959-60, 1960-61, 2001-02 and 2010-11 with two wins each.

Total UEFA Champions League Matches8
Real Madrid Wins3
Barcelona Wins2
Real Madrid Goals13
Barcelona Goals10

El Clasico UEFA Champions League Home and Away record

TeamHome WinsHome DrawsHome Losses
Real Madrid121

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