8 – The number of ElClasico appearances by iconic Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o, more than any other African player. His record eight appearances for FC Barcelona in club football’s biggest game are followed by Seydou Keita (seven), Yaya Touré (five), Mahamadou Diarra (four), and Michael Essien (two).

9 – The number of assists provided by Lionel Messi in ElClasico in LaLiga Santander, an all-time record. Behind him tied for second are current FC Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández and long-time Barça stalwart Sergi Roberto.

12 – The total number of Ballon d’Or wins by FC Barcelona players, more than any other club in the world.

17 – At the age of just 17 and 48 days, FC Barcelona’s Ansu Fati is the youngest player to both appear and score in ElClasico in the 21st century. He broke Bojan Krkić’s existing record in 2019.

18 – The number of ElClasico goals scored by Lionel Messi in LaLiga Santander, the most in the history of this great rivalry. This tally includes two hat-tricks (2007, 2014) and three braces (2009, 2012, 2017). Since the turn of the century, he sits ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suárez (both with nine).

21 – The number of seconds taken by Karim Benzema in 2011 to score the fastest goal in ElClasico history. In spite of this early setback, FC Barcelona went on to win the match 3-1.

35 – The number of LaLiga Santander titles won by Real Madrid, more than any other club.

185 – The number of times Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have faced off in ElClasico in LaLiga Santander. The head-to-head record is incredibly tight: 77 wins for Los Blancos, 73 for Barça, and 35 draws.

672 – The number of goals scored by Lionel Messi for FC Barcelona, the most in the club’s history.

1899 – The year FC Barcelona were founded by Swiss businessman Hans Gamper.

1902 – The year Real Madrid were founded in the Spanish capital.

1947 – The year the Santiago Bernabéu, the home of Real Madrid, was inaugurated.

1957 – The year the Camp Nou, the home of FC Barcelona, was inaugurated.

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