Soccer fans from all over the world are counting down the day until Europe’s biggest rivals face each other at the famous Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. This will be the first time Real Madrid and Barcelona meet in the 2015-16 season and given that both are currently tied in points, winning could make all the difference to the final results.
What we have seen so far this season from Spain’s La Liga has been far from dull. Proclaimed one of the most unequal domestic soccer leagues in Europe which sees the top two teams dominate the scores table year after year, is shaping up to be one of the most competitive seasons in a while. A few weeks ago underdogs Celta Vigo and Villarreal held the top positions above the two giants. However, Real and Barcelona managed to climb themselves to the top of the rankings once again.
Now, with the two Spanish giants tied for first place, a win at Bernabeu will be of utter importance for both sides, especially with Atlético de Madrid creeping up only two points behind the rivals and then Celta and Villarreal one and two points away, respectively, from Atlético.
Tickets for the game have a current get-in price of $395 on the secondary market, according to reselling platform Ticketbis.com. The average ticket price is $690 and VIP seating categories are going for as much as $11,645. Those are just some examples of the prices fans are willing to pay to see this classic duel, and who can blame them? Both sides boast arguably the two most impressive lineups in the world and a chance to see the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Marcelo, and Sergio Ramos coming head-to-head with players like Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suárez, and Gerard Pique (to name a few), is a dream come true for any soccer fan.
Yet it hasn’t been easy to make people forget about Messi’s absence. The Barcelona star began the season in good form, but got injured in a clash against Las Palmas just over one month ago, leaving him out for at least 7 weeks. As a result, Messi could very well be on the bench for El Clasico, but it is still too early to tell. Other injured Barca players such as Iniesta, Rafinha, and Douglas could also be set to miss the match along with Modriç, Pepe, and Ramos from Real. Regardless, for all lovers of the sport, this November 21st matchup is a must-see.