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When it comes to the most iconic football rivalry, El Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, there’s no shortage of legendary players who have graced this historic fixture.

With Real Madrid facing Barcelona today, we have made combined XI that represents the best of both worlds which could be a challenging yet thrilling task.

Formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas
– Clubs: Real Madrid
– Appearances in El Clásico: 37
– Casillas’ agility and shot-stopping ability in the pressure cooker of El Clásico make him the standout choice.

Right-Back: Dani Alves
– Club: Barcelona
– Appearances in El Clásico: 18
– Alves’ dynamic runs and defensive prowess played a crucial role in Barcelona’s success during this era.

Center-Back: Sergio Ramos
– Clubs: Real Madrid
– Appearances in El Clásico: 45
– Ramos’ leadership, tenacity, and knack for scoring in critical moments make him a key figure in the rivalry.

Center-Back: Carles Puyol
– Club: Barcelona
– Appearances in El Clásico: 15
– Puyol’s no-nonsense defending and inspirational captaincy left an indelible mark on El Clásico.

Left-Back: Marcelo
– Club: Real Madrid
– Appearances in El Clásico: 35
– Marcelo’s marauding runs and creativity down the left flank provided Real Madrid with an extra dimension.

Central Midfield: Sergio Busquets
– Club: Barcelona
– Appearances in El Clásico: 31
– Busquets’ composure in midfield and ability to control the tempo make him a natural choice.

Central Midfield: Luka Modric
– Club: Real Madrid
– Appearances in El Clásico: 23
– Modric’s vision, dribbling, and playmaking have often been the difference-maker.

Central Midfield: Xavi
– Club: Barcelona
– Appearances in El Clásico: 38
– Xavi’s metronomic passing and midfield orchestration set the standard for Barcelona’s success.

Right Wing: Lionel Messi
– Club: Barcelona
– Appearances in El Clásico: 44
– Messi’s sheer brilliance and record-breaking exploits make him a unanimous choice.

Left Wing: Cristiano Ronaldo
– Clubs: Real Madrid
– Appearances in El Clásico: 18
– Ronaldo’s electrifying pace and scoring prowess lit up El Clásico during his time at Real Madrid.

Striker: Karim Benzema
– Club: Real Madrid
– Appearances in El Clásico: 33
– Benzema’s link-up play, consistency, and goal-scoring ability have made him a pillar for Real Madrid.

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