Juliano Belletti told Stats Perform about his experiences of playing for Barcelona in El Clasico. He feels Barcelona and Real Madrid may create memories that will last a lifetime in Sunday’s Clasico, recalling his time on the team that defeated the legendary ‘Galacticos.’
The 45-year-old reminisced on the historic football match‘s significance and remembered his first Clasico after arriving in Catalonia. “Most of the best players in the world are [at Barcelona and Real Madrid],” Belletti told Stats Perform. “So, just being involved is already special. Barca and [Real] Madrid have fans all over the world. We are aware of it as football players. And when we are not involved in El Clasico, whether we are from the football world or not, we are watching this game.”
“There is top quality football, there is a big rivalry. There is so much history and it is something global. It is not only about LaLiga. That’s why I believe the impact of the result of this game, winning or losing, is incredible. That’s all that makes this Clasico special. My first Barca v Madrid was at Camp Nou in 2004. We faced ‘Los Galacticos’ of Real Madrid. It was very special for me to be there at that time.”
“Besides, we won that game 3-0. It was even more special as my first time playing against ‘Los Galacticos’ and winning the game. And even nowadays my family remembers that day.” According to Belletti, those that appear in this weekend’s game will already believe that they have made it in the game.
“This sport is very competitive,” Belletti said. “Reaching Barca or Real [Madrid] is a very high level, so demanding, a very hard-working culture. So, being there, you think: ‘Oh my god, I did well. Now it is time to enjoy it.'” In recent years Barcelona has been on the decline, having failed to win the league in each of the last two seasons and not winning the Champions League since 2015.