Religious Disunity. REAL MADRID V BARCELONA.

Unity is rarely found in the Religious today dating back to the crusades, but can the differences between diverse beliefs still coexist ? "present day, we can encourage this diversity by seeking to understand the beliefs of others, thus strengthening our own beliefs" - Samuel David Kottke.

The Gods of the Football realm divide countries, cities and even families.

Theses 2 sets of fanatics resonate and obsess their lives over the Holy deities of Spain, Real Madrid C.F. and FC Barcelona.


The Centre of Worship, these players are the embodiment of the 2 clubs.

Cristiano Ronaldo playing for Portugal.

Ronaldo. Cristiano. CR7. The Saviour of Los Blancos goes by many names, The 4 time Balon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is the focal point of worship in Madrid. The deity that led Real to La Decima (a record 10th European cup/Champions League) in 2014, and La Undecima (11th Title) in 2016, the contingent regularly invest themselves in the proclamation of the Portuguese Winger, disregarding the validity of a "Leo Messi". Although he has passed through many traditions and believers, (Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United) the constant adoration of Ronaldo has been present throughout.

Leo Messi.

Developed through the famous Blaugrana academy, Lionel Messi is praised by his people. The little number 10 is accepted by many Barca fans as the only true "absolute" rejecting the Godly status of "Cristiano" also reaching 4 Balon d'Or awards. The best player in a Golden age of Barcelona football, Messi has won the treble (League, cup and European competition) twice .(08-09, 14-15) The constant consistency of Leo Messi only remaining in the camp nou proves to the blaugrana he is definitely the only legitimate truth in the world of football.


These players serve the Club, they do all they can to carry on the legacy of Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.

The prophets have changed over the years but the focal point still remains, whether its theories, rules, tradition or ideologies. Los Blancos (Madrid) and The Blaugrana (Barca) have endured endless years of conflict, since the first ever matchup on February 17th, 1929, the Spanish giants have had distaste for each other. The Catalonians (Barca) have enjoyed fruitful periods with Stars such as Ronaldinho, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Thierry Henry which fans still revere till this day, especially Ronaldinho and his showing in a 3-0 whitewash over Madrid, on November 19, 2005. Madridstas (Madrid fans) also praise and obsess over their "Gods" in the form of Zinedine Zidane and Raul, who are still glorified to this day with Zidane also now coaching.

Places of Worship.

The central point where all worshippers come to adore and give praise to the Gods.

FC Barcelona logo.

The Camp nou, the focal point of FCB. located in the Catalonian capital of Barcelona, it is the home to the club which reaches full capacity every matchday, full of screaming fans eager to sit in and immerse themself in another 90 mins of pure worship and adoration to the Gods.

The Real Madrid Insignia

Located in Madrid, this Estadio Santiago Bernabéu homes 81, 000 madridstas who also flock every matchday to praise and adore their beloved stars. A central point for fans, the Bernabeu has homed the "Galacticos" of past and present.

El CLASICO - Clash of the two Spanish Giants.


Contrasting traditions and beliefs, can these 2 clubs ever get along?

Peace is rarely achieved between Real and Barca.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are 2 sides of the same coin, extreme opposites that have different philosophies of how to play football, how to build the squads, the intent of the clubs and even the type of players they intend to sign. These different belief systems mold the traditions and beliefs of the clubs and fans alike, who liken to the culture of the club. Always at ends with each other, it is rarely seen when Los blancos worshippers and praisers of the Blaugrana agree or interact with each other. Identifying with their club culture, each set of fans are determined to expose the others philosophies and prove theirs is the only true way.

Barcelona believe in maturing players through their famous "Blaugrana" youth academy, producing superstars such as Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Cesc Fabregas and the penultimate Lionel Messi. They play "tiki taka" football which is a style that focuses on quick, precise passing in tight spaces to dominate possession and break down defences, which influences them to sign technical players that are able to play direct passes and use sublime dribbling, disgusted at the Real Madrid club culture, Barcelona believe in winning, not prioritising how they win and are not afraid to be labeled the "bad guys".

Galacticos. Beckham, (top left) Rodriguez, (top right) Bale (bottom)

Real Madrid's culture contradicts that of the blue and red, Real Madrid's youth academy (Real Madrid Castilla) isn't as productive as Barca, with funds being focused on signing Galactico's, or the worlds best players. Players like David Beckham (£25 million), James Rodriguez (£80 million) and former "world's most expensive player" Gareth Bale who cost Real £85 million who cost more than Cristiano who was bought for £80 million. Los blancos play a more expansive type of football, with long balls for players running into space, so they focus on signing quick and clinical wingers (Bale and Ronaldo) and midfielders with excellent passing and defensive effort (Luka Modric/Xabi Alonso). Madrid prioritise entertaining football over winning, encouraging their contingent of followers to enjoy and regularly attend games and improve media presence and reputation.


Clashing twice a year, the world stops for 90 minutes forgetting friendships, relationships and bonds to will there Gods on in battle.

The embodiment of this heated rivalry, el clasico, a crusade between Barcelona and Real Madrid. Taunting, heated exchanges, goal after goal to strike down the opponent, the worship is intense and the Lords of the clubs compete at their highest to deliver the wishes of their respective contingent. During the battle, there are no friends, only enemies.

Increasing unification.

The enemies battle every el clasico, but Optimism can be seen.

Sign of hope?

Heads butt when el clasico is played, but recent times have showed a coexistence of fans. Could this be a sign that the 2 powerhouses are able to coincide? although the disagreement in beliefs, philosophies and Gods, are the believers still able to connect by putting differences aside? Understanding and respecting one another?

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