Saturday, November 2, 2013

El Clasico Review

      Real Madrid versus Barcelona is the most intense rivalry in sports and the most watched sporting
event of the year. One of the oldest rivalries in soccer history was renewed on October 26 and
this one was an especially important game for two new players of El Clasico. The Welshman
Gareth Bale, who plays for Real Madrid, is the most expensive player in soccer history, Bale went
from Tottenhnam to Real Madrid for over 100 million euros (about 85.3 million in U.S. dollars)
and the Brazilian international, Neymar of Barcelona.
For someone as expensive as Bale you would think that he would leave his mark on the
game but that wasn't the case. In fact, since the start of his season in August he has only
scored one goal against Villarreal in his debut and it was an easy tap in goal. That game ended up a
draw, he has been invisible in every game he has played in so far, and struggling with injury didn't
help his case. Each game he has played seems forced because he is worth so much money and
the fans want to see him play and this is leading to his failure.
Bale's counterpart Neymar is the complete opposite, bought for about 57 million euros from
the Brazilian club Santos he has been playing very well already scoring three goals(one in the
clasico) with six assists in nine La Liga matches. This installment of El Clasico was all Neymar,
the Brazilian wunderkind scored the opening goal in the match in the 18th minute and then recorded the assist to the Chilean international Alexis Sanchez in the 78th minute to seal the win for Barca.  
Now it wouldn't be  El Clasico without the two best players in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo and
Lionel Messi, but sadly both did not get on the score sheet. However, their presence was definitely felt. Messi drew a lot of the Real Madrid defenders on the right wing giving Neymar acres
of space to play in on the left wing, which inevitably helped with Neymar's first goal in El
Clasico. Ronaldo on the other hand only had one shot at goal and was very invisible until the
90th minute when he got an assist to Jese for a consolation goal. Besides the controversial non-call on Ronaldo it was a great Clasico to behold and there will be many more to come this season, so stay tuned. 

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