Julian Belleti is filled with this confidence that Sundays clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid will definitely go down memory lane like the past ones.
Belleti played three seasons at Camp Nou between 2004 and 2007, winning two LaLiga titles to his credit and scoring the winner in the 2006 Champions League final against Arsenal.
It’s on record that he featured in four games against Los Blancos for the Blaugrana, winning one, losing one and drawing two.
Presently, he is the assistant manager at Brazilian club Cruzeiro. He gave an insight of the big match in the past while saying.
“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 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 what makes this Clasico special.
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.”
Belleti also asserted that those who’ll feature in the game will have this certain justification that they’ve made it while the game lasts.
“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.'”he concluded.
Barcelona have experienced a lot of issues ranging from not winning the title for two years, to not selling their super star due to financial crises.