The biggest and most anticipated club football match in the world is almost upon us with hated rivals, Barcelona and Real Madrid set to face off in the first Clasico of the 2021/22 season on Sunday, 24 October.
A number of great players over the years have graced the games with their incredible talent and skills, though there are very few who have managed to put in brilliant performances on a regular basis.
Here, we take a look at five highest goalscorers in Clasico history.
1. Lionel Messi - 26 goals
It comes as no surprise that Lionel Messi sits on top of the list with the record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner scoring a staggering 26 goals in the most important game in Spain. 18 of those have come in LaLiga, and while he has left the club, it looks very unlikely that any player will be able to surpass his numbers for the foreseeable future.
2. Alfredo Di Stefano - 18 goals
The legendary Alfredo Di Stefano enjoyed playing against his rivals, netting 18 goals against them, of which 14 came in the league. Di Stefano who had almost joined Barcelona, showed them just what they were missing by leading the Los Blancos to five consecutive European trophies.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo - 18 goals
The player who supplanted Di Stefano as the greatest ever in the history of Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo too netted 18 goals in El Clasico encounters. He was prolific against them in the league, Copa del Rey and Super Cup - which shows that he scored against them irrespective of the competition.
4. Raul - 15 goals
Another Real Madrid legend who scored goals for fun against his rivals was Raul, who enjoyed playing against the Catalan giants as see by the 15 goals he netted in his career. The Spaniard was a crucial part of all the Los Blancos success in the 90s and 2000s, and was unstoppable in front of goal in his prime.
5. Francisco Gento - 14 goals
Francisco Gento spent the majority of his career at Real Madrid, establishing himself as a club legend, while also scoring 14 games against their hated rivals.
A winger by trade, the Spaniard won a record six European Cup honours with the Los Blancos.