Did you know that there is a political reading to Spain’s most famous rival equipos de fútbol (football teams) Real Madrid and Barça?
Real Madrid is always blanco (white), and Barça is sometimes referred to as azul-grana (blue and scarlet). See below how they dance with the balón…
On the individual front, the biggest rivalry is between the two best players in the world. Rob Smyth of The Guardian writes about Ronaldo: "He has to endure constant discussion of Messi’s apparent superiority, as a footballer and even as a human being. At times it seemed Ronaldo could not win. If he scored four, Messi would score five. If he cured the common cold, Messi would cure cancer. Ronaldo’s most impressive feat is not to usurp Messi; it is to believe he could do so in the first place."
On the political front, the Real Madrid symbolizes the right wing and Spanish nationalism, and on the other hand, Barça is viewed as representing the left wing and Catalanism, which fights for the independence of the region called Cataluña, the capital of which is our dear old Barcelona.
There’s even a Spanish word for a Barça-Madrid partido (match), it’s called ‘un clásico’ (a classic). Apparently, other than the Liga de Campeones de la UEFA (UEFA Champions League), el clásico is the most followed football match in the world, watched by millions of people.
Here’s a funny link to Barça players speaking English… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA2LT26Mb7g
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