FootballPower struggle between two LaLiga giants
Apotential Real Madrid Champions League win could send Barcelona into disarray, and it would have the power of even questioning who has been the more dominant team over the past decade, as each have had their respective era.
Three Champions Leagues in four seasons would be enough to open up the debate. Here are reasons why Real Madrid – and Barcelona – each deserve the recognition as the world’s best:
Reasons why Real Madrid were more dominant
1- Same number of Champions Leagues, but more recent: Should they lift the Duodecima, it’ll be the same number of European trophies for the two clubs, but over a more concentrated spell for Los Blancos. Their historic pride in the competition they consider their own is unmatched.
2- Cristiano Ronaldo, as decisive as Messi: Incredible performances against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid have put in end to those who question whether the Portuguese star comes up big when it matters most. In terms of goalscoring, Lionel Messi has led the Champions League charts on five occasions, while Ronaldo has done so the same number of times. Were the Real No.7 to pick up another Ballon d’Or he’d equal Messi’s tally.
Leading goalscorers in Champions League over past decade
Cristiano Ronaldo: 5 times (2007/08, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16)
Lionel Messi: 5 times (2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2014/15)
Neymar: 1 time (2014/15)
3- Two finals, two victories: The only two times the two sides met in a single-match final, Real Madrid emerged victorious. A Cristiano Ronaldo goal at Estadio Mestalla and a famous Gareth Bale solo run mean Los Blancos stole two Copa del Reys against their biggest rivals.
4- More consistent in Europe: Seven straight semi-final appearances show that Real Madrid, not Barcelona are the ones who rule Europe. The Blaugrana’s quarter-final exits don’t compare to a team that has won two of the last three editions.
Reasons to consider Barcelona more dominant
1- LaLiga dominance and more silverware: Six of the last nine domestic league titles and 24 trophies total compared to Real’s 10.
2- One sextuple, two trebles: With Guardiola, Barcelona achieved excellence. They won all six titles in a calendar year in 2009. Never have Real Madrid achieved even a treble in one single season throughout their storied past.
3- Masterclasses in head-to-heads: Any Barcelona fan can claim they were alive when their side won 2-6 or 0-4 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Also a 5-0 at the Camp Nou and a 0-2 in a Champions League semi-final where Messi proved unplayable. And those are just some highlights that serve as most memorable.
Head-to-head between Real Madrid and Barcelona in last 10 years
Barcelona: 16 victories (8 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu)
Real Madrid: 10 victories (3 at the Camp Nou)
4- Best football in the world: In Barcelona it isn’t just the what but the how, as the style of play won followers and imitators across the globe. The Pep Team is rightfully cherished alongside the Brazil sides of the 1970 or the total football of the Dutch National team led by Johan Cruyff.