There is another Clasico this midweek and it’ll once again be strange to not see Lionel Messi involved. He was the star of this fixture for so long, but he wasn’t always polite along the way.
Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek looked back on his experiences of El Clasico in his autobiography and discussed Messi.
“He was deceptive and provocative, the same as Barcelona and Pep Guardiola,” Dudek said about the Argentine.
“They were so ready to provoke you and they were able to do it to perfection. That hurt Jose Mourinho and the whole team a lot.
“I saw Messi say such rude things to Pepe and [Sergio] Ramos that you would not imagine from such a quiet and seemingly good person.”