Real Madrid, arguably the most successful club in the history of football, have produced so many clinical goalscorers in their history. Scoring against Barcelona while playing for Real Madrid is a special feeling due to the historic context of the rivalry. A goal against Real Madrid can make a player hero to millions of fans while scoring regularly against the Blaugrana will earn the player legendary status. In this article we will look at Real Madrid’s most prolific players against Barcelona,
5. Ferenc Puskas
The Hungarian legend was truly a once in a lifetime footballer due to his ability to raise his game against big name opposition. He played 262 games and scored 242 goals for Los Blancos and had a wonderful left foot which often left the goalkeeper clueless. Puskas scored fourteen goals against Barcelona, of which nine came in the league, two in Copa Del Rey and three in Europe.
He scored two hat-tricks against Barcelona, one of them in Camp Nou and the other in Santiago Bernabéu stadium. Puskas won the Pichichi trophy four times and his pairing with Alfredo di Stefano was the stuff of dreams for Real Madrid fans.
4. Francisco Gento
Only player to have lifted the European Cup six times, Gento was a cult hero to the Santiago Bernabéu faithful. He was well respected for his dedication to the club and his unselfish attitude on the pitch.
Gento played as a left-winger and scored 14 goals against Barcelona. Gento’s first goal against Real Madrid came in a 2-2 draw at Camp Nou and Gento bagged a brace. He scored another crucial brace five years later than Real Madrid thrashed Barcelona by scoring five goals away from home.
Raul played for Real Madrid longer than anyone and gave many moments to cherish for fans of Real Madrid. Like Gento, he was ready to play second fiddle to players like Ronaldo Nazario and Zinedine Zidane.
He scored 11 goals against Barcelona in La Liga and 4 in the Spanish Super Cup. He scored three braces against Barcelona, with the most crucial one coming in the second leg of the 1998 Spanish Super Cup. His last goal in El Clásico came in 2008 as Real famously thrashed Barcelona 4-1.
2. Alfredo di Stefano
The player who helped Real Madrid become a European powerhouse, di Stefano established a legacy that will forever remain unmatched. His first match in a Real Madrid shirt was against Barcelona, and he bagged a famous hat-trick as Barcelona were beaten by a margin of five goals. He scored 18 goals against Barcelona, an opposition he loved playing against.
He won the Pichichi award in his first season, scoring 27 goals. Stefano scored 49 goals in 58 European games, a record tally in the competition until Raul went past the figure in 2005.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
The man who needs no introduction, Ronaldo was Barca’s biggest nightmare for nine seasons until his departure to Juventus. His first El Clásico goal came on April 16, 2011, in a 1-1 draw and four days later scored the winner in the Copa Del Rey final. He scored in six consecutive games against Barcelona starting from the 2011-12 Copa Del Rey quarter-final first leg. In his career, Ronaldo has 20 goals against Barcelona, with 18 of them coming during his time at Real Madrid.
Ronaldo famously scored the winner at the Camp Nou in April 2012, resulting in the memorable ‘Calma, Calma’ celebration. He scored another winner in the league against Barcelona four years later, once again at the Camp Nou stadium. His tally of 450 goals for Real Madrid in 438 games is truly remarkable and will likely remain unmatched in the near future.