Barcelona and Real Madrid played out the aboriginal El Clasico in over a decade to affection neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo this weekend.
With Messi afflicted and Ronaldo now at Juventus, Barca thrashed their angry rivals 5-1 at the Camp Nou to accumulation the burden on Julen Lopetegui.
The bold was in abrupt adverse to the antecedent El Clasico afterwards Ronaldo or Messi, in which Julio Baptista bagged the alone ambition in a 1-0 achievement for Real at the home of the Catalan giants.
Victor Valdes: The goalkeeper spent addition seven years at Barcelona afore an black spell at Manchester United. He concluded his career with a division at Middlesbrough and is now adolescence drillmaster at Madrid-based ancillary Moratalaz.
Carles Puyol: As a player, Puyol was a amulet for both Barcelona and Spain, but he has agitated his above club aback backward afterwards an bureau he set up with Ivan de la Pena oversaw able La Masia artefact Eric Garcia accompany Manchester City in 2017.
Gabriel Milito: A austere knee abrasion suffered at the end of 2007-08 ashore Milito’s career and the apostle was affected to retire in 2011 at the age of 31. He has aback managed Estudiantes and Independiente in Argentina and is currently in allegation of the blithely called Chilean accouterments O’Higgins.
Rafael Marquez: The apostle became alone the third man in history to arise in 5 Apple Cups this summer afore blind up his boots to become antic administrator at Mexican ancillary Atlas. There is aswell the baby amount of getting blacklisted by the USA amidst allegations of biologic trafficking and money laundering, which he denies.
Eric Abidal: A ballsy story, Abidal battled alarmist blight which appropriate a displace but managed to accomplish a succesful acknowledgment as a player. In June 2018, he was called Barca’s administrator of football.
Xavi: Addition fable of Barcelona and Spanish football, Xavi continues to play for Al Sadd SC and has even won the action in Qatar.
Yaya Toure: Afterwards eight years but beneath altogether cakes at Manchester City, Toure larboard the Etihad this summer to acknowledge Olympiakos.
Deco: The above Portugal all-embracing larboard Barcelona at the end of 2007-08 to accompany Chelsea afore backward in 2013 afterwards a three-year spell in Brazil, the country of his birth, with Fluminense. He is now an agent for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and has aswell set up his own charity.
Ronaldinho: The capital man in Barcelona, and the world, for a amount of years above-mentioned to the actualization of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the game’s superstars. Barca afresh confused to ambit themselves from club agent Ronaldinho afterwards his abutment for Brazil’s arguable presidential applicant Jair Bolsonaro.
Andres Iniesta: Xavi’s accomplice in abomination larboard the Camp Nou in the summer to move to Japanese ancillary Vissel Kobe. In fairness, there actually wasn’t annihilation larboard for him to accomplish in Spain.
Samuel Eto’o: He’s still playing. Of advance he is. Afterwards abrogation Barca in 2009, Eto’o has appeared for eight altered clubs and now plies his barter for Qatar SC.
Iker Casillas: The goalkeeper remained at Real Madrid until 2015, if he abutting Porto, area he continues to play.
Sergio Ramos: A actual acknowledged sh*thouse, although he will apparently wish to overlook the a lot of contempo Clasico.
Pepe: Addition actual acknowledged sh*house and allotment of a actual ‘Football Administrator 09’ Besiktas aggregation which aswell appearance Ricardo Quaresma, Ryan Babel and Vagner Love.
Fabio Cannavaro: Afterwards backward as a amateur afterward a year in the UAE with Al-Ahli, Cannavaro has managed in China and Saudi Arabia, abiding for a additional spell with Guangzhou Evergrande in 2017. The Apple Cup champ is aswell in the bosom of an address adjoin a 10-month bastille book for breaching cloister orders that banned him entering his home amidst a artifice and tax artifice investigation.
Gabriel Heinze: The above Manchester United apostle – who was already agape out by again team-mate Roy Keane – concluded his career aback at Newell’s Old Boys and has remained in Argentina as a manager, area he is currently in allegation of Velez Sarsfield.
Mahamadou Diarra: We accept actually no bond of Diarra backward afterwards a spell at Fulham in 2014, nor his consecutive (failed) attack at a improvement with Brentford, but we are actual abundant into it.
Wesley Sneijder: Perennially-linked with Manchester United for what seemed like a lifetime, Sneijder spent 5 years at Galatasaray afore abutting Al Gharafa in Qatar via an blighted spell at Nice.
Julio Baptista: The matchwinner on the day, Baptista is best remembered in England for a four-goal booty adjoin Liverpool while on accommodation at Arsenal. Remarkably, the 37-year-old is still playing, accepting abutting Romanian accouterments Cluj in the summer, while he was aswell afresh called a La Liga ambassador.
Raul: The top goalscorer in Real Madrid’s history until a assertive Mr Ronaldo came forth and blitzed his record, Raul alternate to his old stomping arena in the summer as a adolescence coach.
Robinho: Currently arena for Sivasspor in Turkey while he appeals adjoin a nine-year bastille book for accommodating in a assemblage abduction in 2013.
Ruud van Nistelrooy: The striker fabricated his name initially at PSV, and he alternate to the Dutch club in 2016 as under-19 arch drillmaster afterwards a spell as Holland abettor administrator beneath Guus Hiddink.