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El Clasico: What if FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid was a Popularity Contest?

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This Sunday, March 22, Real Madrid and Barcelona, two of the world's biggest football clubs, will face off in one of the most watched football matches, the El Clásico. Starting now, fans can follow the action in real-time by visiting With the Trending: El Clasico experience, you can:

  • View posts from the teams, players, and other public voices with In the Story
  • See posts from your friends and people in your network with Friends and Groups
  • See real-time reactions from people around the world with Live Feed
  • View photos and videos from news outlets and people at Camp Nou 

As excitement builds ahead of the game, fans have already taken to Facebook to share their thoughts, connect with teams and players, and talk about the match on Facebook. Facebook has taken a look at the conversation to see which players, team, and manager they're talking about the most:

FB Infographic

The Facebook El Clásico Starting XI
If the starting XI were based on the number of likes of the players' official Facebook pages, we would see very different starting line-up than on Sunday. Iker Casillas would be in goal, with a back four of Gerard Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Pepe . In what would be an attack-minded midfield, Andres Iniesta, James Rodriguez, and Gareth Bale would occupy the middle of the park. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. as the starting forwards. Carlo Ancelotti would be the team's coach.
Facebook Buzz

Anonymously analyzing all of the El Clásico conversation on Facebook between March 2 and 15, 2015, Facebook determined which teams, players, and managers were the most talked about.

Most talked about team

Most engaged/interacted with team (by unique people interacting with content mentioning a team)

Most talked about player

  • Global:
    • 1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
    • 2. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)

Most talked about manager

  • Global: Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid)

Top 10 countries discussing El Clásico

  1. Brazil
  2. Mexico
  3. Argentina
  4. United States
  5. Indonesia
  6. Spain
  7. Colombia
  8. Chile
  9. Italy
  10. Vietnam

Real Madrid and Barcelona have a combined Facebook fanbase of 134 million globally, which means one in 10 of all monthly active people on Facebook are fans of either Real Madrid or FC Barcelona's official pages.


For more El Clasico coverage, be sure to check out our FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid StoryStream, featuring team newstactical analysis and an extended preview of tonight's big match!

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