10. El Clasico
For many, this is the biggest game in global soccer. Real Madrid and Barcelona are two of the most decadent teams on the planet. Their fans loath each other for a variety of reasons. This rivalry goes beyond sport, it’s also about regional identity and politics. It’s one of the most hot-tempered fixtures in Spanish soccer and sees its fair share of red cards and controversies.
This is the fixture that saw Barca fans throw a pig’s head at Luis Figo because he had the temerity to move to their rivals. It’s also where Jose Mourinho gouged his managerial counterpart Tito Vilanova in the eye. For many seasons it saw the two best players on the planet, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, face off. Attending this game is once-in-a-lifetime for many because of ticket demand and shouldn’t be missed.