5 Players with the Most Appearances in El Clasico History
Netgenz - Netizen buzz Sport | El Clasico as one big game in European competition. This match pits the two Spanish giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona, who always offer a great match and is eye-catching.
In addition, Real Madrid and Barcelona are occupied by top-class players. That is one of the factors that this match went great.
As far as history goes, many players have recorded the most performances in El Clasico. However, former Real Madrid player and Portuguese superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, was not on the list.
Here are 5 Players with the Most Appearances in El Clasico History
1. Sergio Ramos (45 games)
Sergio Ramos as the legendary Real Madrid player. He strengthened Los Blancos in 2005-2021. Throughout the strengthening of Real Madrid, he gave a lot of impacts. Ramos can be one of the best defenders that Real Madrid had.
Ramos as captain of Real Madrid since Iker Casillas chose to leave. During that time, he was able to give several titles to Real Madrid.
In El Clasico history, Ramos has played 45 matches. This record makes him the player with the most performances in El Clasico.
2. Lionel Messi (45 games)
The name Lionel Messi does not need to be doubted when he meets Real Madrid. Lionel Messi tasted the first El Clasico on November 19, 2005.
At that time, he was only 18 years old. Barcelona won the match with a score of 3-0. Messi gave one assist that time. So far, he has played 45 games for Barcelona against Real Madrid in all competitions. Messi has scored 26 goals. This record makes him the most goalscorer in El Clasico history.
3. Sergio Busquets (43 games)
Sergio Busquets as one of the players actively playing in El Clasico in 2021/2022. Busquets as an original product of high school Barcelona and successfully promoted to the senior team since 2008 yesterday.
This 33-year-old man has played 43 matches so far in El Clasico history. He is in the 3rd position of the player with the most El Clasico performances.
Together with the Blaugrana, Busquets succeeded in being the top seed in the middle row. His composure in carrying the ball and setting the rhythm of attacks makes him stable to look good on the field. Busquets has helped Barcelona to several trophies, including two treble winners in 2009 and 2015.
4. Xavi Hernandez (42 games)
Xavi Hernandez is included in the line-up with the most performances in El Clasico history. Similar to Busquets and Messi, he is a genuine product of high school Barcelona. He took part in the senior team in 1998. While wearing the Blaugrana uniform, Xavi managed to bring Barcelona to lead in LaLiga or Europe.
Now, he is the coach of the Barcelona senior team. Xavi was selected in 2021 to replace Ronald Koeman. Under his guidance, Barcelona began to appear stable and occupy the top status of the LaLiga standings. Xavi has a contract until 2024 with Barcelona.
5. Manuel Sanchis (42 games)
Manuel Sanchis played for Real Madrid in 1983-2001. Throughout the strengthening of Los Blancos, he managed to score 40 goals and 5 assists in 687 matches. Sanchis dedicated several trophies to Real Madrid, including two Champions League titles.
As far as El Clasico history, Sanchis has played 42 matches with Real Madrid. This record makes him enter the line-up with the most performances in El Clasico history. He himself retired in 2001.
The rest of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, and Sergio Busquets are active soccer players. However, only Sergio Busquets defended one of the 2 Spanish giants. He has enormous potential to surpass the records of Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi.