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El Clásico: 15 players you totally forgot scored in Real Madrid vs Barcelona rivalry

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 9:44, 9 April 2021 | Updated: 19:37, 10 September 2021

El Clásico is the biggest game in club football, with no shortage of legendary goalscorers in it.

Lionel Messi, Raul, Luis Suárez, Sergio Ramos, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi, Karim Benzema, Figo, Roberto Carlos, Romario, Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho. These are just some of the illustrious names who have graced one of the biggest games on the planet with a goal.

Everyone’s favourite TV presenter, Gary Lineker, has scored in El Clásico. Hell, he scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 win! Even the two current managers Ronald Koeman and Zinedine Zidane have scored. Zidane has done it three times, famously so in the Champions League, while Koeman battered down Real Madrid’s door on four separate occasions for five total goals!

However, there are several names you will have completely forgotten scored in El Clásico. Some because they are such unheralded goalscorers, others because their legend was written at other clubs. We’ve come up with 15 players from this century that you may have forgotten scored in El Clásico.

Nicolas Anelka

Club: Real Madrid
Clásico goal: 2000

When you think of Nicolas Anelka you think of his tour of Premier League clubs that hate Manchester United (seriously all he needed was a spell at Leeds to complete the set) and you think of how fearsome he was for Arsenal. You don’t really recall his time at Real Madrid but not only did he play for Los Blancos but he scored in the very first Clásico of the century as Madrid smashed Barcelona 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Club: Barcelona
Clásico goal: 2004

Giovanni van Bronckhorst left Arsenal for Barcelona but, unlike Marc Overmars or Emmanuel Petit, he was a moderate success for the Blaugrana. After Frank Rijkaard’s side had begun their Ronaldinho-inspired resurrection with a 2-1 win at the Bernabeu, they went on to thrash Los Blancos 3-0 at the Camp Nou and Van Bronckhorst scored the second of those three goals.

Michael Owen

Club: Real Madrid
Clásico goal: 2005

For every action there is an equal opposite reaction and, after getting smashed 3-0 by Barcelona and basically losing La Liga in 2004/05, Real Madrid rebounded later that season with a furious performance where they smashed Barcelona 4-2. The man who scored the fourth goal? None other than Michael Owen, who was coming to the end of his one year as Real Madrid super-sub that was as effective for them as it was unpleasant for him.

Julio Baptista

Club: Real Madrid
Clásico goal: 2007

The man known as THE BEAST never really shone to his fullest potential for Real Madrid but, not only did he score in El Clásico, not only did he score the winner in El Clásico, but he scored a world-class stunner in El Clásico. Exchanging volleyed passes with Ruud van Nistelrooy, the Brazilian capped off the beach soccer move by volleying home to give Los Blancos their first Camp Nou win in four years.

Ruud van Nistelrooy

Club: Real Madrid
Clásico goals: 2007, 2008

Lionel Messi announced himself as a potential world conqueror with a Clásico hat-trick in 2007. However, what is often forgotten is that game actually ended 3-3 and two of the Real Madrid goals came from the former Manchester United hit-man Ruud van Nistelrooy. The Dutchman’s time at Madrid was brief but extremely prolific as he played three and a half seasons, won two titles and scored 64 times in 96 games including, yes, three Clásico goals.

Arjen Robben

Club: Real Madrid
Clásico goal: 2008

Arjen Robben with hair is a young colt you associate with PSV and Chelsea and Arjen Robben with no hair is the dynamo who dominated for a decade in a Bayern Munich shirt but there was a tweener period that came in Spain. Robben actually helped Madrid win La Liga in 2007/08 and scored in a 4-1 demolition of the Blaugrana that saw them receive a pre-match pasillo for already being champions.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Club: Barcelona
Clásico goal: 2009

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s legend has been written largest in Serie A and Ligue 1, but he did spend one ill-tempered season in Barcelona and while everyone writes it off as a flop he did manage to score a thunderous volley to win El Clásico. It really is a special goal and makes you wonder what he could have achieved if he were to able to check his ego just a little bit.


Club: Barcelona
Clásico goal: 2010

One of the great trivia questions is who scored the fifth goal in the legendary 5-0 devastation of Real Madrid by Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona. Of course no one ever recalls it’s Jeffren because, honestly, who even remembers Jeffren? But score it he did, taking his place on the scoresheet with World Cup winners Xavi, Pedro and David Villa. Football, eh?

Cesc Fabregas

Club: Barcelona
Clásico goals: 2011, 2013

Cesc Fabregas was sheer dynamite in the Premier League but only a sparkler in La Liga. He just never got the cadence of the league down, nor of Barcelona as a side, and his time there is largely forgotten. Still, he scored twice in El Clásico; with both goals coming at the Santiago Bernabeu. The first was in La Liga but the second came in the Copa del Rey semi-final first-leg.

Alexis Sánchez

Club: Barcelona
Clásico goals: 2011, 2012, 2013

It’s crazy to think that Alexis Sánchez has played brilliantly for years but hasn’t got near the success he achieved nearly a decade ago with Barcelona. While many forget the Chilean even donned the Blaugrana, his contributions in Clásicos were actually rather impressive. He scored huge equalisers in both of his first two La Liga Clásicos in 2011/12 and then a magnificent chip to win it the following season. His time in Catalunya didn’t work out as they upgraded on him to get Luis Suárez, but he was excellent.

Sami Khedira

Club: Real Madrid
Clásico goal: 2012

The relentless workhorse with the hideous finishing, no one would ever expect Sami Khedira to score in a Clásico but he did so in the most bizarre fashion. In a game Madrid needed to win to all but seal their position as champions, the German gave them the lead at the Camp Nou by basically outwrestling Carles Puyol and stabbing home from all of a yard. A dogged, ridiculous goal that gets lost to the hype of Cristiano Ronaldo’s game-winner and “calma” celebration.


Club: Real Madrid
Clásico goal: 2013

Remember Jesé? Stoke City legend and rapper? Well before he was playing for the Potters he was a Real Madrid prospect and actually scored a stoppage time strike against Barcelona in 2013. However, as they were already losing 2-0 the goal was mere consolation and is thus largely forgotten.


Club: Real Madrid
Clásico goal: 2014

Everyone remembers Pepé in Clásicos for the violence he wrought on others at the behest of his manager, especially in the 2011 Copa del Rey final and Champions League semi-final. What people often forget is that he scored the second strike, the go-ahead goal actually, for Real Madrid as they came from behind to beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Put some respect on Pepé’s name!

Jeremy Mathieu

Club: Barcelona
Clásico goal: 2015

If you had forgotten Big Jeremy Mathieu even played for Barcelona then no one would have blamed you but, incredibly, he not only played in a Clásico but scored the opening goal in what was effectively the title-deciding match at the Camp Nou in 2015. The Frenchman headed home a Messi free-kick with incredible authority but, thanks to an equaliser, the headlines were stolen by Luis Suárez bagging the winner.

Aleix Vidal

Club: Barcelona
Clásico goal: 2017

When Barcelona absolutely slapped Real Madrid 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in the December sunshine, there was no doubt that the Blaugrana were intent to winning their title back. And sure enough that’s what they did, but in such a rote fashion that no one really remembers the game even though it was 0-3 win at the Bernabeu! Subsequently people have forgotten that winger-cum-wing-back Aleix Vidal came off the bench to score the third goal in the game and put a perfect seal on the result.


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