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Football News > Real Madrid vs Barcelona - Nike & adidas Battlefield

Eternal rivals meet again for a place in the Champions League Final. A Clasico encounter like never before as two cities collide in one of the most anticipated matches in Spanish Champions League history. Real Madrid and Barcelona will meet for the third time in 11 days tonight as the world's eyes descend on Madrid.

The Bernabeu will host the first leg of the Champions League semi-final El Clasico which has all the ingredients to live up to the hype surrounding the match. Two giants of world football will go head to head as individual battles commence. It will be an adidas and Nike battlefield tonight, as some of the brands biggest assets clash for supremacy.

What more can be said about Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi? With two goals in the last two meetings, Ronaldo has shown that he is well an truly over his El Clasico jinx. For Los Cules, no man poses a greater threat at the Bernabue than Messi. With four goals, he has scored more at the Bernabeu than any other player in Barcelona history.

Both sides have an overwhelming wealth of attacking talent. Real Madrid's 22 year old German play-maker has arguably been Madrid's player of the season. Ozil's dynamism and attacking creativity has been crucial to Madrid's success. David Villa's goal against Osasuna couldn't have come at a better time. With his confidence back, the World Cup winner will relish another opportunity against Real Madrid's defence.

Emmanuel Adebayor has enjoyed new found success at Real Madrid since his move in the January transfer window. The Togo international and adiZero Prime wearer can cause problems to any defence with his aerial threat. Straight off the La Masia conveyor belt, Pedro has established himself as one of Barcelona's biggest attacking threats. After another impressive season, the Superfly wearer is never far away from finding the net.

Angel di Maria has been massively influential in Madrid's success this season. Along with a string of impressive performances, the young Argentine provided the assist for Cristiano Ronaldo's winning goal in the Copa del Rey final. The goal was a direct result of Alves being caught out of position by di Maria. The Brazilian will have to carefully balance his attacking and defensive duties tonight as he looks to provide width on the break.

Two leaders. Two of the greatest mid-fielders in the game. Xabi Alonso and Xavi will be central to either sides success tonight. Xavi will be without midfield partner Andres Iniesta who has been ruled out through injury while Khedira's place in Madrid's starting line up is likely to be taken by Lassana Diarra. The midfield battle could decide the match, with both players looking to control the pace of the game early on.

Have your say on tonights historic game and join the conversation with the SoccerBible community online, on Twitter and on Facebook. It's a tale of two cities - which side will be heading to Wembley in May?




iAmDavidVilla said:

nike for me, more sexy abstact designs in comparision to adidas

April 27, 2011 1:34 PM

goonerman1990 said:

all unbeliveable players. can not wait for the match!!

April 27, 2011 1:35 PM


BARCA all da wayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 27, 2011 1:38 PM

Safes Direct said:

I hope its a great game tonight....... Last few meetings have been boring to watch!

April 27, 2011 1:43 PM

Ile said:

BARCA <3<3<3<3<3<3

April 27, 2011 1:53 PM

samroberts said:

adidas every time

April 27, 2011 2:03 PM

Hala.Madrid said:

Real will go to the final and then they will crush manchester into pizes!          viva los blancos<3!!!!:)

April 27, 2011 2:04 PM

are5th said:

barca !

April 27, 2011 2:14 PM

DR7 said:

Cristiano Ronaldo and Nike!!!

Halla Madrid!!

April 27, 2011 2:29 PM

nickbol said:

ronaldo, ozil, pedro, di maria, xavi

April 27, 2011 2:32 PM

Santiaguito21 said:

F*** farsa, barsa, madrid will defet them, hell yeah

April 27, 2011 2:46 PM

10unknown96 said:

adidas, messi and REAL Madrid

April 27, 2011 2:49 PM

bayyo158 said:

nike for me

April 27, 2011 3:43 PM

bayyo158 said:

cmon madrid

April 27, 2011 3:43 PM

chazza778 said:


April 27, 2011 3:52 PM

Manik11 said:

Nike, and I jus hope it's a good game!

April 27, 2011 3:55 PM

JB7. said:

nike all the way!!!

April 27, 2011 3:56 PM

yeesang said:

I would like to know why is villa not wearing the prime version just like adebayor and alves?

April 27, 2011 4:00 PM

Tom008 said:

Nike Mercurial & Real Madrid !

April 27, 2011 4:26 PM

Portugal R live said:

It will be tight game for sure, hopefuly an entertaining game, hopefuly real madird go through, but barca are a super team sp it will be tought

Every Portuguezer around the world will be hoping for Real Madrid to go through !

So Hala Madrid ;)

April 27, 2011 4:35 PM

5050cent said:

whre the *** is iniesta

April 27, 2011 4:44 PM


Ronaldo will score, it's a hundred percent. Messi may not be performing. It's gonna be tough as *** after Villa has broken his drought.

April 27, 2011 4:50 PM

goonerman1990 said:

@5050cent Iniesta aint playing...he's injured

April 27, 2011 5:00 PM

messi712 said:

iniesta aint playin' wat a shame but adizero all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 27, 2011 5:24 PM

NP9 said:


April 27, 2011 5:28 PM

danniel2391 said:

adidas, barca and messi!!!!

April 27, 2011 5:31 PM

Madridmanfan792 said:

Madrid for me I think they showed their dominance in the cup final and they'll do it again today. Madrid vs Manchester Utd in the final!

April 27, 2011 5:33 PM

imcr7 said:


April 27, 2011 5:56 PM

bdub481 said:

I have a feeling this game will be high scoring.

April 27, 2011 6:01 PM

ronaldohater said:


April 27, 2011 6:37 PM

manufan500 said:

Cmon ADIDAS and Madrid

April 27, 2011 7:07 PM

YBJ_92112 said:

iniesta not playing?... well real will win then (i hope) - KO in 25mins *rubs hands in anticipation*

April 27, 2011 7:19 PM

mclark18 said:

VIVA EL BARCA!!!!! come on catalans

April 27, 2011 7:21 PM

Nickbonista said:

Hala madrid!

April 27, 2011 8:13 PM

grimandi said:

Shame Kaka could not be on the list

injuries really wrecked him

April 27, 2011 8:56 PM

Manutd_exeter said:

Anyone noticed pedros custom superfly sole plate like drogbas ?

April 27, 2011 9:14 PM

Johnny23 said:

This game was a joke haha. Pepe shouldn't have been red carded, although it was nice acting on alves's part, he clearly wasn't hit in the ankle like he was acting at most it was by the mid foot part or toe area and nothing more since he retracted his foot.

April 27, 2011 9:43 PM

luiz7 said:

barcelona just won the champions league match 2-0

April 27, 2011 9:48 PM

gerson10 said:


April 27, 2011 9:49 PM

barcaafan said:

if anyone tries to argue ronaldo is better than messi after this game i might have to kill them.

April 27, 2011 9:52 PM

Pink_Panther said:

barca 2-0 madrid

April 27, 2011 9:53 PM

cesc_the_best said:

barcelona have good actors especially dani alves and pepe red card was a joke

CONGRATULATIONS barcelona fair win

April 27, 2011 9:54 PM

Destined4Peace said:

Addias 2 - 0 Nike

April 27, 2011 9:55 PM

Ulfinator said:

it was a nice .....FIGHT :D:D:D

April 27, 2011 9:57 PM

cesc_the_best said:


RONALDO is better

April 27, 2011 9:58 PM

goonerman1990 said:

UEFA are on some kind of mission to make Barca win the champions league. First Van Persie now Pepe. Two complete joke red cards. Messi's goals were good but not deserved. When did defending become so looked down upon? Real would have held on with 11 men and had a fair chance in the second leg. Now we'll never know.

April 27, 2011 10:08 PM

LADA said:


United look out 4  MESSI

April 27, 2011 10:14 PM

isalman said:

barca 2 - 0 madrid

adidas 2 - 0 nike

messi 2 - 0 ronaldo

April 27, 2011 10:18 PM

CephasTuribamwe said:

MESSI! Ronaldo lost that battle can't wait for 2 Leg!

April 27, 2011 10:20 PM

D keeper .. said:

pepe deserved red card but ronaldo is still better than messi

April 27, 2011 10:27 PM

cesc_the_best said:

agree with goonerman1990 first van persie and now pepe.Arsenal could have score a goal and advance and

real could have kept tyhe score 0-0

WAKE UP UEFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 27, 2011 10:29 PM

D keeper.. said:

@ goonerman

Actually he was suspended

April 27, 2011 10:31 PM

D keeper.. said:

@ D keeper,,

Ur a retard*d pr*ck 4 stealing my name and profile

April 27, 2011 10:32 PM

D keeper .. said:

haha sorry guys im drruuuuunk!

April 27, 2011 10:39 PM

D keeper.. said:

@ D keeper

And ***/weird

I demand u delete ur account or get a new name

April 27, 2011 10:54 PM

poopdeckmanification said:

How come Messi doesn't wear Adizero Prime's? Best pair are Pedro and Adebayor definetly!

April 27, 2011 11:06 PM

D keeper .. said:

@ D keeper

mwaaaaaaah. hehe i love having conversations with myself. give me a moment im going to reply to myself let me just think of something to say

April 27, 2011 11:06 PM

D keeper .. said:

@ D keeper

sorry, I cant think of anything to say!!!!!!!!

April 27, 2011 11:13 PM

D keeper.. said:

@ """" D keeper """"""

Ive a funny felling ur ratchet or THE "genius"

April 27, 2011 11:17 PM

D keeper.. said:

ya defo

April 27, 2011 11:20 PM

D keeper .. said:

@ D keeper

yes thats right im the genius ;) sorry i wanted a new account and couldnt think what name to use

April 27, 2011 11:20 PM

D keeper.. said:

ha, ahhaa

April 27, 2011 11:21 PM

D keeper .. said:


April 27, 2011 11:27 PM



April 28, 2011 12:36 AM

trackjunkieS2K said:

absolutely disgraceful game. i'm very disappointed.

April 28, 2011 12:43 AM

Ned Ved said:

Can't dispute the classic Messi goal.  About the only bright moment of the match marred mostly by whining, arguing, and acting.

It looks like Barca stole the thunder from Ronaldo in the acting and diving department - little disappointed with Barca for collectively sinking to that level.

April 28, 2011 12:47 AM

Steven4vapor said:

I swear Barcelona is the most bandwagon team ever

April 28, 2011 1:37 AM

FCBarca said:

How can people say pepe red card was a joke!! Paul Scholes got red card in fa cup semi vs city, Just the same as pepe's...

Real were scared to attack in their home stadium, flashbacks of the 5-0 maybe !!!! Got what they deserved, Nothing !


April 28, 2011 1:38 AM

Ratchet said:

^You are a douche.

April 28, 2011 1:51 AM

DALLA5 TX said:

  Barca 3-0

2 goals Messi

Barca all the way!!

April 28, 2011 2:52 AM

barc4b0y said:

The good futbol won today. Mou's tactic is just two defensive blocks on midfielders and defenders and strict marking on messi, xavi, iniesta. and palying on counter attacks. its just a way of playing but for real madrid playing that way i dont like that. Barca all and all learned their lesson from the cup match and made some adjustments on the team villa showed more confident and better aim on goal, keita recoverd lots of lose balls, mascherano proved as a good defender when needed. also pep notice that alvez going too much on attack made the defense vulnerable agaists madrid's counter attacks so all fist half he just played until midfield. Pepe deserved to be red carded he had no need to go that high showing his cleats on the shin height of alvez. and that doomed madrid's game. messi got all the freedom on midfield to dible slow albeola, ramos, alonso. Afellay just enter on the rite time and did what he had to and messi made his job. Messi's second goal is just taken from playstation amazing finnish with right foot.

the best boots performance on Barca side was Predator, Ctrs 360, v1.10SL and Adizero.


April 28, 2011 3:02 AM

Johnny23 said:

@parc4b0y I have to disagree on the Pepe part and the good futbol. Barcelona was whining and diving the entire game, as for the Pepe foul you can clearly see Alves wasn't even hit in the ankle like he was acting and they always say the more they roll the faker it is and he rolled like he was on fire haha. I'm a Madrid fan but I do admit Barca outplayed Madrid in almost everything after the red card to Pepe. It would have been a lot worse if Pepe was in front of Alves and coming in with cleats like that but in the replay you can clearly see that he came from the side and Alves was raising his foot as well, Alves wasn't even hit at all if he was the most was probably by the toe or mid foot nothing more. Don't deny it just say Alves was a good actor and that's what earned Pepe a red card oh by the way did you see how he had to be carried off and then jumped right back into the pitch and did a full sprint for the ball? there was no pain or limping on his part haha I'm just trying to get you to see what you are saying is a little off.

April 28, 2011 4:11 AM

Johnny23 said:

@FCBarca that red card is a joke because of how it happened you can't tell me that Alves didn't act at all. Alves acted like he got hit in the ankle when the most he probably got hit on was the toe are mid foot at most, sure he came cleats up but it was to step on the ball if he wanted to hurt alves I think we can agree pepe can certainly do a karate kick. Stop being a fanboy and open your eyes and see that the red card was given because of how Alves acted he wasn't hit to the extent were he had to stop drop and roll. I go for Madrid but I am able to admit that Barcelona out played them, can you ignore your fanboy personality and look that if Alves didn't act that would have been a yellow card? Oh before I forget near the end of the game messi had 4 fouls in a row I believe and the ref didn't card him hmmmm I wonder what that implies haha.

April 28, 2011 4:16 AM

bdub481 said:

@ D keeper

Are you okay?

A lot of people might hate me on this but I kind of like both Real and Barca. Both play very good football. Its probably

April 28, 2011 4:19 AM

Johnny23 said:

Actually now I'm 100% sure that alves wasn't even touched on that play haha if you look at the replay and pause it at impact Alves is able to touch the ball and retract his foot before Pepe even touched him. The replay is on youtube, Alves is a good actor I have to give it to him but I'm sure most Barcelona fans won't admit that barcelona acted a lot this game.

April 28, 2011 4:27 AM

aDOMik6 said:

Yes I agree Johnny23. Everytime there was a foul all of the Barca players were surround the ref. AND Pedro played like a little girl. Like the commentators said "It is plain embarrassing".

April 28, 2011 5:34 AM

LADA said:

@ johnny23 i agree with your play acting observation but somebody was going off in that game i mean a few min. after the red card addebayor punched a barca defender with both fist straight to the face and not even a yellow card . The reality is that there was alot of unsavory tactics in this game and with alot of great footballers on the pitch canceling each others brilliance out sometimes thats what u get. kinda reminds me of the liverpool chelsea matchups in the champions league semis a few years ago.

April 28, 2011 5:36 AM

Johnny23 said:

@LADA Adebayor did get a yellow card but it's funny that it was intentional and there was more contact than the foul on Alves. I looked at the play over an over again and I clearly saw that Pepe touched the ball with his bottom heel/studs and alves hit the ball but not at any instance did Pepe touch alves in that play. That's a good example I remember that game, it's a shame that refs influence games. The thing that was really annoying was the fact that near the end of the game messi committed about 4 fouls in a row and touched the ball intentionally when he was on the floor with his right hand, the ref didn't give him a yellow for all the fouls and when he committed the fourth foul he just gave the ref a thumbs up haha

April 28, 2011 5:58 AM


....messi is the best ,,,,just face it,,,,his 2nd goal had nothing to do with the red card !!!! he ran thru 6 defenders alone!!!!!

April 28, 2011 6:56 AM

Sebbe said:

pepe red card:)

April 28, 2011 7:17 AM

neckovski10 said:

the second & third best teams in the world... c'mon UNITED!!!

April 28, 2011 7:48 AM

Gooner07 said:

real madrid better destroy it  i dont want barca gettin to the finals

April 28, 2011 8:11 AM

Ratchet said:

I'd definitely say Barca did some acting, but nothing compared to Real Madrid. Let's be honest, Alves dramatised Pepe's foul, but RM had been doing that to him every time he got near some one. Even Di Maria (I think it was him) dived to the ground after Alves was stepping backward and he collided into him. If he actually ran into him properly, Alves would have fallen over, not Di Maria. Di Maria basically hugged him and then outrageously dived. And wasn't it him who dived and got a free kick near the corner post?

It was a sad game. It wasn't until Pepe got sent off that the game actually improved. Barca vs Man U should be a good game though.

April 28, 2011 10:24 AM

FCBarca said:

Johnny23 please don't use this 'acting' as an excuse for madrids failure to preform. Mour knows he must change to defensive tactics to stop barca. RM wanted barca players to react to fouls and kicks of the ball. Did u also forget about the marcelo stamp on pedro. Another red card.

And please, don't call me a fanboy. I have wacted this barca team grow from the days when Rijkaard was in charge. When this boy from la masia was talked about as the next big thing, LIONEL MESSI

April 28, 2011 11:03 AM

10unknown96 said:

It was a fair win indeed but after this match I think a lot less of Alves than I used to. Even though the match, especially the 1st half, was scattered with lots of theatrics on both sides and not much game time, (almost like American Football) Alves sense of fairness was disgraceful.

To all those claiming UEFA refs are biased towards Barca: That's total crap!! Any neutral observant would have acknowledged that the ref was impartial.

Anyways all the best for Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho & Co. at the Camp Nou!!! Theoretically it's still possible!!!

April 28, 2011 11:19 AM

Ratchet said:

What did Alves do wrong? Di Maria had dived on him twice and he had been carded for doing nothing wrong. He was simply getting one back on RM for their ridiculous behaviour. He just got lucky that Pepe was red carded. Di Maria was the one who deserved the red card though for his childish ***.

April 28, 2011 11:50 AM

barc4b0y said:

@Johnny23 Alvez was marked by two madrid palyers already Pepe playing as the first defensive block for madrid in the midfield everybody can see pep just ran about 20meters with No intention on recovering the ball he go straight to Alvez to try to injured him and the rules says you dont have to actually hit the opponent but also try to and in either ways pepe just do a stupid decision and got what he deserved. as for madrid palayer also made their olympic driving like his dude di maria. besides the referee signal every tackle both both teams since second half so dont find any excuses dude.

April 28, 2011 10:34 PM

sammessi10 said:

i agree with dj supadan

May 1, 2011 10:41 PM
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