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El Clasico is the biggest match in soccer - former Real Madrid winger Steve McManaman

He's lined up for Liverpool against Manchester United, but the Champions League and La Liga winner insists nothing compares to Madrid's rivalry with Barcelona.

Sunday night will see Barcelona and Real Madrid lock horns in La Liga for the first time this season, with Jose Mourinho's reigning champion sitting eight points behind its rivals.

Speaking exclusively to, former Real Madrid winger Steve McManaman recounted his Clasico experiences, insisting that the fixture represents the 'biggest match in football'.

"When you play at the Camp Nou, certainly from when you play at home, everyone knows it is two factions within Spain – the Catalans against the Madridistas, Cataluna against Spain – their instant dislike for each other, their rivalry, their religion.

"It’s a very strange match, fueled by a long, long, centuries old divisive aim where, generally they dislike each other so much.

"There’s a lot of rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United, certainly, and Liverpool and Everton, but I’ve never seen rivalry of this standard because of the nature of the political factions within Spain."

Steve McManaman speaking at the Kicking and Screening festival's premiere of El Clasico, a film investigating the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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