As we build up to biggest match in world football at the Bernabeu, we take a look at similar rivalries around the globe
REAL MADRID and Barcelona face off in what is generally considered the biggest match in world football.
The two La Liga sides go head-to-head at the Bernabeu in El Clasico and it also Cristiano Ronaldo against Lionel Messi.
Yet, most of the major divisions in world football have one glamour encounter.
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Football fans around the globe make plans to watch La Liga’s big two face off.
But will you be watching there?
Marseille vs Paris Saint Germain — Le Classique
Ligue 1’s biggest rivalry transcends football and pits the wealthy Parisians against the working class society of Marseilles.
It is so fierce that away fans are banned from travelling.
PSG and Marseille are the only French clubs to win European trophies.
Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund, Germany — Der Klassiker
Bundesliga’s big two met recently — with the Black and Yellows netting a 1-0 victory.
The duo are Germany’s two most successful clubs and played out the 2013 Champions League final — with Bayern completing an historic Treble.
But 17 years earlier, Dortmund won that very trophy in Munich.
Ajax vs Feyenoord, Holland — De Klassieker
PSV Eindhoven are now the Eredivisie’s top dogs — but this is still the biggest game.
It’s a clash of cultures which pits the artists of Amsterdam against the labourers of Rotterdam.
Ajax’s famous style is a source of frustration for Feyenoord, as their city was heavily bombed during the Second World War — and they are very proud of their work ethic.
The Rotterdam side are bidding for their first title since 1999 and are currently just three points clear of their rivals at the top of the table in a fascinating race.
Benfica vs Porto, Portugal — O Classico
By far the Primeira Liga’s biggest team with a total of 62 titles between them.
The rivalry is not just constrained to the football field.
Lisbon and Porto also share a very different culture and political history.
Benfica have won the last three championships and currently sit three points clear of Porto with five matches remaining.
Juventus vs Inter Milan, Italy — Il Derby d’Italia
Two famous clashes include the a 1961 clash which was awarded to Inter after a pitch invasion — only for the Italian FA to renege and award a replay.
In protest, the Nerazzurri fielded their youth team and lost 9-1.
And in 1998, the ‘title decider’ saw a stonewall Inter penalty turned down, only for Juventus to earn one seconds later — the decisions were even debated in parliament.
Boca Juniors vs River Plate — Superclasico
Bueno Aires is the setting for the most fiercely contested match in club football.
The working class Boca Juniors and affluent River Plate fans despite one another.
A downpour in 2010 caused the first suspension in the contest’s 97-year history — with the final 41 minutes played four days later.
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