From Ronaldo calming Camp Nou to Messi's iconic shirt celebration: The best Clasico moments of the 21st century

Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Real Madrid BarcelonaGetty/GOAL

There are few matchups like El Clasico. Perennial La Liga superpowers Real Madrid and Barcelona truly despise each other, and always produce some of the best and most heated matchups in Europe.

It helps, of course, that the two sides always have some of the best players in the world. We've been spoiled by Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo, there's been Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo Nazario, Xavi, Iniesta and all the rest.

Clasico matches yielded one of Messi's finest moment in club football, Jose Mourinho's most resounding defeat and some baffling fan antics have added to the intrigue.

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The two teams will meet again in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals on Wednesday, and though Messi and Ronaldo won't light up this fixture again, there will still be some of the most exciting young players in world football on show. It remains a game not to be missed.

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So as anticipation builds once again, GOAL takes a look at 10 of the most iconic Clasico moments of the 21st century.