El Clasico is more than a game of football. The two Spanish giants advocate polar political ideologies, making their rivalry unique. Real Madrid are viewed as representing Spanish nationalism and Barcelona, Catalan nationalism.
Needless to say, there is a massive political component involved when the two teams face off. It evokes a spirit of patriotism and passion that makes the rivalry special.
A few years ago, it was impossible to imagine El Clasico outside Spain. Yet, the lucrative economic proposals have made it possible. Most recently, the two teams met in the quarterfinals of the Supercopa de Espana in Saudi Arabia.
According to reports from MARCA, Barcelona and Real Madrid are closing in on an agreement for a pre-season El Clasico in the Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas.
La Liga has tried several times to take field matches in the United States. However, their attempts failed twice, with the RFEF and FIFA raising their voice against it. Not to mention the fans who were
Javier Tebas denied any possibility of taking El Clasico overseas last year when he spoke with ESPN. He said,
“El Clasico is a more difficult game to export because it’s the most important club game in the world, it’s different. But we might take other official games, we’re certainly looking at that.”
Holding a preseason game between the two arch-rivals is the best chance for the US to host a Clasico. Both teams will have key players missing in the pre-season but, one can expect the crowds to turn up regardless.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.