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Four Barcelona players to get a standing ovation at Santiago Bernabéu

Published at :March 28, 2024 at 3:55 PM
Modified at :March 28, 2024 at 3:55 PM
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Rohit Sarkar


Youngster Lamine Yamal has become the latest addition to the prestigious list

Barcelona and Real Madrid share one of the fiercest rivalries in football history. The El Clasicos is one of the most heated battles on the football field, where the teams don’t even spare an inch for each other. When an FC Barcelona player plays on the hallowed turf of Santiago Bernabeu, they are welcomed with boos and jeers from the Real Madrid fans. In the same way, when the Los Blancos visit Barcelona for a game at Camp Nou, the Barcelona fans vent their anger at the Real Madrid players.

It is not common to see either Barcelona players get praised or get a standing ovation at the Bernabeu. In the same way, it is a rare occurrence that a Real Madrid player receives a standing ovation at Camp Nou. However, we have definitely got to witness some of the rare moments when a Barcelona player has received a standing ovation from the Real Madrid fans.

Such a sight is proof that the player in question has dazzled the Bernabeu and forced them to rise to their feet and applaud the genius. In this article, we will take a look at the four players who have received a standing ovation at the Santiago Bernabeu.

4. Lamine Yamal:

The Santiago Bernabeu witnessed a remarkable moment when Lamine Yamal, just 16 years old, left the field during Spain’s game against Brazil. Despite being a Barcelona player, Yamal received a standing ovation from the home crowd after delivering a performance for the ages.

His skill and composure on the ball were beyond his years, earning him the admiration of both sets of fans. Yamal is showing his magic this season for FC Barcelona and has emerged as the biggest prodigy in the world. The youngster has been the focal point of Barcelona’s attack this season. In the same way, he was in full flow for Spain against Brazil. The intensity of his performance was such that, even the Bernabeu had to rise and applaud the genius of the guy.

3. Andres Iniesta:

In 2015, the Santiago Bernabeu bore witness to a masterclass performance by Andres Iniesta. As Barcelona secured a commanding 4-0 victory over their arch-rivals, Iniesta’s influence on the game was undeniable. With his trademark grace and precision, he orchestrated the midfield, leaving the Real Madrid defence in disarray.

As Iniesta made his way to the sidelines, the entire stadium rose to applaud him—an acknowledgement not just of his performance on that day, but also of his illustrious career, including his iconic goal in the 2010 World Cup final. Iniesta even scored a brilliant goal in that match. Iniesta is one such Barcelona player, who has always been respected by the Real Madrid fans. That night, they stood up to honour the legacy of the midfield maestro.

2. Ronaldinho:

During his prime in 2005, Ronaldinho was a giant of the game, attracting fans around the world with his audacious skills. When Barcelona faced Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, Ronaldinho delivered a performance for the ages.

His dazzling dribbles and clinical finishing left the home crowd spellbound, earning him the rare accolade of a standing ovation from the Real Madrid faithful. It was a moment that abolished club rivalries. Ronaldinho was obviously a fan favourite all around the world. What he could do with his feet was hard to think of. That day, Ronaldinho forced Santiago Bernabeu to forget about the rivalry and honour the legacy of the guy who was a football great.

1. Diego Maradona:

In history, there are very few moments which can match what the world saw at the Santiago Bernabeu in June 1983, when Diego Maradona graced the pitch. Near the peak of his powers, Maradona produced a moment of sheer brilliance, weaving past defenders with effortless grace before slotting the ball into the back of the net. As the crowd erupted in praise, even the staunchest Real Madrid supporters couldn’t help but acknowledge the greatness before them. 

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