The main danger when Barcelona visit the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu will unsurprisingly come from Lionel Messi, as it has, so often in the past.
Barcelona’s No.10 enjoys scoring in Real Madrid’s home, so much so that 14 of his 24 goals against the club have come at the stadium, more than he’s managed at the Camp Nou.
It all began on May 2, 2009, when he scored twice in Pep Guardiola‘s first season in a 6-2 win that will live long in the memory.
The next time he scored at the Bernabeu was in the following season, as he took the ball down from a Xavi pass, before beating Raul Albiol and finishing past Iker Casillas with his weaker foot to win 2-0.
In 2010/11, the two clubs met within just a few days and he scored in the league, from the penalty spot, and in the Champions League, as he left numerous Real Madrid defenders for dead with his best goal to date in the white part of Madrid.
He also scored in 2011/12, beating Pepe and Casillas again, but he had to wait until the Supercopa de Espana a year later to score again form a free-kick, though it wasn’t enough to win the title.
Messi’s next league goal at the Bernabeu came in 2012/13, this time beating Diego Lopez.
In the following season, the Argentinean recorded his second hat-trick against the eternal rival and his first in the stadium, with two penalties helping him on the way to a 4-3 win.
However, after that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner faced a three-year wait to celebrate in the Bernabeu again.
It was worth the wait, though, coming in the last league Clasico as he famously scored his second goal of the game in the dying moments to win the tie and to show his name to the crowd to celebrate.
On Saturday, Messi returns with the aim of expanding on his 14 goals in the cauldron that is the Bernabeu and, if he does achieve it, he’ll extend his tally for the Pichichi standings too.