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2021 El Clásico might be the worst in Spanish football history

Ernest Sunday
By Ernest Sunday

Freelance sports writer with great passion for football, Academic content writer and Lifestyle Blogger

2021 El Clásico will be played with few notable super talented players for the first time in over 13 years

2021 El Clásico will be the first El Clásico to be played in many years without Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Spanish football La Liga is one of the best football leagues globally, joining the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, and many others in the ranking of the best football leagues in the world.

The competitiveness of its tournament has always helped it be among the top best football leagues in the world, most especially the El Clásico fixture in La Liga.

El Clásico is the highest competitive football match played in the Spanish La Liga every season, a fixture between two Spanish rival clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The El Clásico is also the most viewed match every season in Spanish La Liga. The El Clásico match is played only twice every season, sometimes three or more at Camp Nou and Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, depending on the fixtures from other Spanish cups.

Over the years El Clásico has featured many talented players in the world such as David Beckham, Fabio Cannavaro, Iker Casillas, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Ronaldo Luiz Nazario, Sergi Barjuan, Xavi Hernández, Carles Puyol, Samuel Eto'o, Dani Alves, Lionel Messi and many more.

2021 Spanish El Clásico will be a different scenario as the competitive match will be played without many notable super-talented players. 2021 El Clásico will be played without Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, all-time best players for the first time in many years.

Spanish El Clásico with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the past years

Even though many talented footballers have played the El Clásico in the past years, the competitive season's fixtures became more exciting when Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina's super talented player Lionel Messi shared the same pitch in the competition.

Ronaldo and Messi are regarded as the two of the most talented players in football history. Ronaldo signing for Real Madrid in 2009 made Spanish La Liga more fun and increased the rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Lionel Messi celebrates his goal against Real Madrid in one of his El Clásico appearances

Even though the two talented players played alongside one of the most talented squads in football history, they always made the difference, making El Clásico more fun to watch.

Their presence on the pitch made El Clásico one of the most talked-about in football every season due to great goals scored these two in the fixtures.

Real Madrid and Barcelona fans have enjoyed many great goals by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the El Clásico in the past years. They represented Barcelona and Real Madrid very well in the El Clásico with their outstanding performances and amazing goals.

This rivalry and goals from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo made El Clásico one of the competitive fixtures in football, owning their incredible talent on big stages.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goals against Barcelona in the El Clásico

2021 El Clásico without Messi and Ronaldo

In the 2018 transfer window, Portuguese Captain Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juventus on a four-year contract after months of contract discussion with Real Madrid collapsed.

Ronaldo's departure from Real Madrid affected Spanish football as it left only Lionel Messi in La Liga. His departure affected La Liga and reduced the competitive rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

It was easy to predict Barcelona as the winner of every Spanish La Liga title. 2018 season became the first time in nine years El Clásico was played without Ronaldo and Messi in Real Madrid and Barcelona's team.

Spanish El Clásico became one-sided after Ronaldo's departure, with Barcelona having more chances to win every fixture between the two clubs. The fun of El Clásico reduced to a lower level.

No one was interested in watching El Clásico like before, which reduced the high tempo of El Clásico in Spanish football. El Clásico, which was one of the most-watched matches every season, lost many viewers.

Despite signing new players current Barcelona's team lacks many talented players to light up the 2021 El Clásico

The worst part of the deterioration of El Clásico might be coming in the 2021 season; Barcelona's all-time highest goal scorer Lionel Messi has left to sign for French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi's departure from Barcelona is a shock to football fans and a massive loss to the Spanish football federation. Three years ago, the league that lost Real Madrid's all-time highest goal scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo, is already playing a new season without Lionel Messi.

2021 El Clásico will be played with no Messi or Ronaldo on the pitch, the first time since Lionel Messi debuted for Barcelona's senior team.

El Clásico that lost many viewers after Ronaldo's departure will lose, even more this time; imagine watching such a fixture with no two of the most talked-about football players in football history.

El Clásico will be a joke without Messi or Ronaldo; no extraordinary tricks or high-class dribbles. The absence of these two players will be the worst thing that will happen to the Spanish league in the 2021 season.

El Clásico will be reduced to the lowest level for the first time in football history.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's statistics in El Clásico

These are the complete statistics of former Barcelona's superstar Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's legend Cristiano Ronaldo in the Spanish El Clásico.

Messi and Ronaldo's statistics in El Clásico


El Clásico gamed played

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2021 El Clásico to feature few talented players

Many talented players have left the Spanish league in the past years, while some have retired from football. The absence of these superstars was unnoticed because of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's presence.

Mesut Ozil, Andrés Iniesta, Carles Puyol, Ángel Di María, Xabi Alonso, Gonzalo Higuaín, Kaká, Pepe, Dani Alves, Cesc Fàbregas, Xavier Hernández and many others are has left La liga.

In the 2021 transfer window, Sergio Ramos, Raphaël Varane and Lionel Messi joined the list of players who departed from La Liga.

Karim Benzema and Marcelo are among the few players in the current Real Madrid squad that have played the El Clásico very well

Since the departure of these players, the two teams have signed different talented players that had failed to perform well the Spanish La Liga, including Phillipe Coutinho, Eden Hazard, Ousmane Dembele, Antione Griezmann, and many others.

The absence of these talented players will be very noticeable in the 2021 season's El Clásico due to the absence of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the fixture for the first time.