El Clásico 2022-2023
When the draw for the 2022-2023 LaLiga Santander season was announced, world football fans held their breath for the announcement of the official dates between archrivals FC Barcelona and Real Madrid who meet twice a year for what is called “El Clásico” (“The Classic”). The rivalry between the two franchises has been going on since… the Copa de la Coronación in 1902. Statistically speaking, Real Madrid leads in head-to-head confrontations with 100 wins to Barcelona’s 97 with 52 draws, and we expect the El Clásico 2022-2023 edition to further add to Madrid’s statistical lead.
El Clásico Facts and Figures
El Clásico 2022-2023: Official Dates
The first match between RMA and FCB in this new season will be played at Santiago Bernabeu (in Madrid) on October 16, 2022. This date will coincide with the 9th matchday of the 2022-2023 La Liga season. The second match between the two sides will take place at Camp Nou (Barcelona) on March 19, 2022 during the 26th matchday of the 2022-2023 La Liga season.
As usual, some of the world top football stars will be facing each other during these “classics” although – for the first time in many years – both Cristiano Ronaldo (Madrid) and Lionel Messi (Barcelona) will be missing, with Ronaldo moving on to this old team, Manchester United, and Lionel Messi signing with Paris St Germain a couple of seasons ago. Both star players should be present during the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar though, and it may be the last time we see them during the World Cup as Ronaldo is 37 years old now and Messi 35.
What you Need to Know about El Clásico 2022-2023 (and before)…
Total Meetings between the Two Sides
Competitive matches: 249
Exhibition matches: 34
Total matches: 283
Competitive matches: Real Madrid (100)
Exhibition matches: Barcelona (20)
Total matches: Barcelona (117)
Most Player Appearances
Lionel Messi – Sergio Ramos (45 each)
Top Scorer in El Clásico
Lionel Messi (26 goals)
Largest Ever Victory in El Clásico
Real Madrid 11–1 Barcelona in the Copa del Rey (19 June 1943)
First Ever El Clásico Played
FC Barcelona 3–1 Madrid FC during the 1902 Copa de la Coronación (13 May 1902)
Result of Latest El Clásico Played
Real Madrid 0–1 Barcelona in a friendly game (23 July 2022)
A Game with Political Implications
One of the biggest sporting events in the world, with the highest viewership figures and global fan bases, El Clásico is also controversial from a political perspective as it represents a confrontation between two opposing political positions, with Real Madrid viewed as representing Spanish nationalism and Barcelona identified as representing Catalan nationalism. Phil Ball, the author of Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football, has this to say about El Clásico: “they hate each other with an intensity that can truly shock the outsider”.
It is true that the opposition between Real Madrid and Barcelona has long surpassed the dimension of football. Today, for most people, Barcelona is still considered as “the rebellious club“, as opposed to “Real Madrid’s conservatism and conformism”.
El Clásico 2022-2023 Score Predictions
CXSports‘ prediction for the El Clásico 2022-2023 editions is two wins for Real Madrid this year as FC Barcelona has not regained its form since the departure of Lionel Messi while Real Madrid seems to have improved with Karim Benzema starring in the middle of the team’s attack. As usual, you can place your bets on El Clásico 2022-2023 by clicking on the BET NOW buttons above and below this article.