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Two of the most intense rivals in the world of soccer will battle it out on the field in Spain today. Real Madrid will host FC Barcelona in the 230th El Clásico.

With Madrid just three points behind Barcelona, fans in the Spanish capital are hoping for a win today to keep pace with famed coach Luis Enrique's defending champions. Whether you're a die-hard fan of fútbol or prefer the games as more of a social gathering, we can think of a reason — 12 reasons to be more accurate — you might find today's showdown entertaining.

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Meet 12 of the hottest players hitting the field at today's El Clásico.




1

Cristiano Ronaldo

The 30-year-old Real Madrid forward is originally from Portugal.

2

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior

The Barcelona forward is just 23 years old.

3

Sergio Ramos

The 29-year-old defender, originally from Spain, also serves as team captain for Real Madrid.

4

Lionel Messi

Despite injuring his knee at the end of September, Lionel Messi is still one of Barcelona's most beloved players. 

5

Kiko Casilla

The Real Madrid goalie was signed by the team in July 2015. 

6

Gerard Piqué

7

Francisco Román Alarcón

The Real Madrid attacking midfielder, known simply as Isco, is also dad to an adorable baby boy.

8

Rafael Alcántara do Nascimento

The 22-year-old Brazilian is an attacking midfielder for Barcelona. 

9

Karim Benzema

The 27-year-old Real Madrid striker also has a thing for shoes, showing off an impressive collection of kicks on his Instagram.

10

Claudio Bravo Muñoz

The 32-year-old Chilean, who plays goalie for Barcelona, can definitely work a suit.

11

Marcelo Vieira Jr.

The 27-year-old Brazilian, who plays defender for Real Madrid, lives by the words, "Never Forget Where You Came From," as seen on his Instagram. 

12

Marc Bartra Aregall

The 24-year-old defender for Barcelona joined RCD Espanyol for the 2001/02 season at a very young age, before moving to La Masia when he was just 11 years old.


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