The numbers behind El Clasico, the most anticipated derby in football history.
Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. April 22, 2017.
Real Madrid and Barcelona will play on Sunday, 20:45 CET, the 233rd edition of El Clasico, considered by many to be the most important football match on the planet. Below are the main numbers behind this historical rivalry:
3,3 is the average of goals scored in all La Liga matches between Real and Barcelona. In the 21st century, only one of the 48 games finished goalless.
21 is the record for goals scored by one player in all El Clasicos in all competitions. The holder of the record is Lionel Messi, who sits in front of Madrid’s legend Alfredo di Stefano (18 goals). Cristiano Ronaldo takes the third position in this top with 16 goals scored.
29 is the number of goals scored by this year’s La Liga top goalscorer, Lionel Messi. His teammate, Luis Suarez, comes second with 24 goals, while Cristiano Ronaldo is third with 19 goals scored this season.
32-24 is the number of La Liga trophies won by the two teams, since the inception of the competition in 1929. Real Madrid has 8 more titles than their Catalan rivals. The two teams have won together two-thirds of the total titles in La Liga history.
43 is the record number of appearances in El Clasico for one player. This belongs to the ex-Madridista defender Manolo Sanchis. Xavi Hernandez, the former Barcelona playmaker, comes second with 42 El Clasicos played. From the players still present in current squads, Iniesta has 34 games, while Sergio Ramos has 33.
55 is the number of consecutive games in all competitions in which Real Madrid have scored at least one goal. The last goalless game for Real Madrid was the Champions League semi-finals’ first leg against Manchester City, on April 26th, 2016.
82-91 is the scored goals ratio for the best two attacks in La Liga. Real Madrid have scored 82, while Barcelona have scored 91, but they have one extra match played.
114 is the number of years since the duel between the two teams takes place. The first ever games between Real Madrid and Barcelona took place on May 13th, 1902.
233 is the number of El Clasicos played in all official competitions. Real Madrid have won 93 times, while 91 games were won by Barcelona. 49 games have finished as a draw.
650 millions of potential telespectators from 185 countries are expected to tune in for the game. According to La Liga, it’s the most followed game in the world.
620-679 million euros is the turnover figures of Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, for the 2015/2016 season. The two clubs are first in the revenue’s top, according to Deloitte.
81.044 is the capacity of Santiago Bernabeu, inaugurated in 1947. Camp Nou, Barcelona’s stadium, inaugurated in 1957 has a capacity of 99.354.