Like in my last post, I said that I would only go to a Real Madrid game if FC Barcelona was playing them. Well, I got my wish! Because I wanted to go to a major event like this! Ever wanted to go to the Super Bowl back in the US for the NFL? Well, screw that! Go to Spain and watch the Spanish Super Bowl! El Clásico! FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid, the 2 powerhouses of Spanish Football. Literally, the entire country (and even parts of the world!) stops to watch these major clubs play against each other.
And me? Well, I managed to obtain my golden ticket to go watch this awesome game even though I knew that it had no significance since Barcelona had already won the La Liga trophy the week prior and earlier, the team had won the La Copa del Rey. However, there was some controversy about this game as Real Madrid refused to give a guard of honor to FC Barcelona for winning La Liga when other teams in La Liga (Spanish Football League) had given one to Barca. This “guard of honor” was usually given by opposing teams to the team that won the league. It was a Spanish thing to do in giving honor, salutation, and respect to the team that won the points in the season, a difficult task in itself to sustain for an entire season/year. So it was odd that Real refused to do it.
But of course, it all started back during the beginning of the season when Real wanted Barca to give them a guard of honor because Real won the FIBA Club World Cup. However, Barca refused to do so because they did not participate in that tournament (which is played by champions in their respective regions; Europe only sends one team which is the Champions League winner). So it was a big fight about this and that. The players on both sides were pretty chill about it all because there were players who were going to be teammates on the Spanish team so they had to be civil about that.
However, it all came unraveling like a present having its bow tie come undone and pandora’s box was wide open within a few minutes into the game.
Was it expensive? Yes, it was. Was it worth it? Yes, it was. An experience I won’t forget especially being part of the festivities of the FC Barcelona celebrating its La Liga trophy. Lots of singing, flag waving, and cheering amongst the crowd at Camp Nou.
And best of all, Messi scored a goal meaning that every FC Barcelona game that I have attended has resulted in Messi scoring at least one or two goals. So I got my money’s worth at this game. Well, it could have been better had Barcelona won the game but it was a 2-2 tie. At least I saw Ronaldo score one and Messi score one. Prior to this game, every FCB game I attended resulted in a Barca victory. No ties nor losses. I guess you can’t have it all. At least it wasn’t a loss either but it would have had mattered since the La Liga trophy was Barcelona’s anyways.
Lastly, this was the last El Clásico that Cristiano Ronaldo played in so these games won’t be as big as they used to be now that CR7 has taken off for Juventus, Italy in Serie A. I still think he made this move so he can force his way back to Spain but play with Messi and the rest of the FC Barcelona team! What a powerful front-line that would be! The dream duo!