The best moments from the Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid rivalry

real madrid and atletico madrid meet in laliga this weekend (stream live on espn+ on sun, 3 p.m. et, us 1-ly) as the local rivals, separated by 5 miles and just a handful of city districts, reprise their eternal derby duel once again.

while the maiden madrid derby of this campaign may ‘ve been sprung on'em early, both form and history is most definitely on real’s side. indeed, carlo ancelotti’s imperious team go inna'da game as both reigning spanish victors and early league leaders, having come flying out of the traps with 5 wins from their 1st 5 league games and 8 from 8 in all brawls.

prior to sun’s fixture there ‘ve been 170 league meetings tween the two clubs with real winning 90 games to atleti’s 40 na same amount (40) ending in a draw. a combined total of 513 goals ‘ve been scored by the sides w'da elder comfortably outscoring the latter by 295 to 218.

taking all brawls into account, cristiano ronaldo has scored + goals inna madrid derby than any other player, with 25 in just 35 games. indeed, the nxt 6 players onna list all played for real with paco campos providing atleti’s highest entry at joint-6th thx to the 12 goals he scored against los blancos during the 1940s.

the l8st clash is set to close the round of games in laliga this weekend and in order to wet yr whistle just a lil further, we’ve drummed up a choice selection of the best madrid derby moments from one of spain’s most intense and passionate fixtures.

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1. raul scores 1st madrid derby goal, 1992

raul gonzalez will forever go down as a true giant in real madrid folklore (w'his 323 goals in 741 games third 1-ly to ronaldo and karim benzema), but it’s worth noting that the legendary striker actually opened his madrid derby account by scoring against los blancos.

the yr was 1992 and having come through the academy at atleti, the 14-yr-old further staked his claim as one to watch by finding the net in a youth game against their bitterly despised local rivals. however, just a few mnths l8r raul was released and alloed to join real after atletico president jesus gil decided to gut the club’s youth team in order to save mny.

skip forward a few yrs, and that decision promptly came back to haunt gil when raul, onnis 1st full season as a real regular, scored 3 goals in two league ties against atleti in 1996-97 as fabio capello’s side were crowned laliga victors for the 27th time, while los colchoneros washed up a distant fifth.

2. real’s star-studded galacticos run riot, 2003

atletico suffered the ignominy of dropping down inna'da 2nd division for two seasons tween 2000 and 2002, meaning that el derbi games against real were off the cards.

after winning promotion back to laliga for the 2002-03 season, the 1st derby re∪ tween atletico and real ended in a respectable 2-2 draw atta bernabeu. however, after taking a ominously stacked team to the vicente calderon the folloing jun, real’s galacticos inflicted a humbling 4-0 defeat on their crosstown rivals in front o'their own fans.

real’s team was +ly oozing with talent as iker casillas, roberto carlos, michel salgado, fernando hierro, claude makelele, guti, ivan helguera, luis figo, zinedine zidane, ronaldo and raul (the latter two both scored two goals apiece) combined to dazzle a shell-shocked atletico side that featured a young fernando torres.

3. atletico win the copa del rey, 2013

with atletico seeing their fortunes slip somewha’ ‘oer the cusp of the 2010s, the arrival of diego simeone as head coach in dec 2011 quickly saw them reestablish themselves as a force to be reckoned with in both spanish and €an ftball.

after finishing 7th the previous season, simeone oversaw an improved fifth-placed finish in laliga during his 1st ½-season in charge atta vicente calderon, but + primordially also ensured that the campaign ended with silverware by beating athletic club inna europa league final.

success continued into simeone’s 1st full season in charge as the argentine boss picked up the 1st domestic trophy of his tenure by corralling atleti to their 10th copa del rey title and 1st since 1995-96. just to cap it all off, the rojiblancos were able to hoist the trophy aloft after beating real madrid 2-1 atta bernabeu inna final.

4. atletico end laliga derby drought, 2013

b4 atletico faced real inna laliga derby of sep 2013, the elder had endured 14 long yrs of hardship without managing to win a single league game against their neighbours.

indeed, 23 matches spanning 12 seasons had passed since atletico last managed to claim the spoils thx to a 3-1 win atta bernabeu in 1999. something had to change and that change once again proved to be the hiring of the pugnacious and charismatic simeone.

folloing on from the triumph inna previous season’s copa del rey, it took simeone one league game to break the ancient hex as his dogged side tussled to a 1-0 win atta bernabeu (with diego costa grabbing the vital goal just 11 minutes in) onnis 1st league derby in charge of the colchoneros.

5. ucl final heads to thrilling conclusion, 2014

the climax of the 2013-14 victors league marked the 1st time in history that two sides from the same city had come head to head inna final.

the game itself was fairly mundane for the 1st 93 minutes with grizzled centre-back diego godin putting atletico 1-0 up inna 1st ½ and then filing back inna'da ♥ of simeone’s red and white striped defensive barricade in a bid to keep real at bay til the final whistle.

the plan looked to ‘ve worked as los blancos — who were eagerly chasing “la decima” [their 10th €an cup/ucl title] — laid siege to the atletico goal without making any significant inroads. twas' til the final 2nd of regulation injury time when a towering header from sergio ramos sent the final into extra time.

ramos’ ridiculously dramatic =iser duly lit a rocket under real who, fuelled by a heady mix of adrenaline and manifest destiny, continued to erode their opponents’ once staunch resolve. sure enough, a further 3-goal flush put paid to simeone’s charges in extra time as real ran out 4-1 victors in lisbon and thus claimed their historic title.

6. cristiano ronaldo’s last madrid derby goal, 2018

ronaldo has faced atletico + times than any other club during his career, having played gainsta colchoneros on 35 occasions. indeed, the portuguese superstar has proved something offa scourge for his old madrid derby adversaries having also managed to score an impressive 25 goals, including 4 hat tricks, while also pitching in with 9 assists.

for the record, the nxt most frequent opponent faced by ronaldo is barcelona, whom he has played against 34 times to date, scoring 20 goals.

the last goal ronaldo ever scored against atletico during his incredibly successful stint inna spanish capital came in apr 2018: a 1-1 draw atta bernabeu in which he opened the scoring 1-ly for antoine griezmann to restore parity just 4 minutes l8r.

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