Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona, Nov. 19 2005
We’ve all seen how tough it can be to appease the crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Real Madrid supporters have immaculately high standards for their own players and should they fall short of them, regardless of the opposition, they’ll make their feelings unashamedly clear.
So you can imagine just how special a performance needs to be for the spectators to shift focus from their own onto one of the opposition’s star performers, even more so when it’s a man donning the colors of Barcelona. But that’s exactly what Ronaldinho did as he bewitched the watching Madridistas in an exemplary Blaugrana display.
The match was a vital contest as these two teams were in the midst of an engrossing title battle. Barcelona held a narrow one-point over Real in the title race, but the supporters packed into the Santiago Bernabeu that evening were desperate for their own side to put on a show and haul themselves back into leading contention for the title.
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What actually transpired was a display of ruthless domination from Barcelona. While the possession statistics were split down the middle, the Catalonians had 20 shots to Real’s five, including seven on target and three that found the back of the net.
The first came from Samuel Eto’o, a player who was on the Los Blancos books as a teenager but rarely got a chance to show what he could do. But years on from when Real let the Cameroonian walk out the door, he was a thoroughbred goalscorer in the colors of their great rivals and when he was played in by a fresh faced Lionel Messi, he made no mistake with a forensic finish.