The ultimate guy to travel from Barcelona to Actual Madrid has informed supporters to strap themselves in for the “match that stops the planet”, forward of Saturday’s 255th El Clasico come across.
Javier Saviola swapped Nou Camp for Bernabeu in 2007, and used to be a Barcelona and Argentina global teammate of “the best footballer of all time”, Lionel Messi.
And Saviola, who oversaw the advance of a handful of Barcelona’s younger stars as an under-19 lecturer on the membership, mentioned the worldwide clamour for the fixture used to be indicative of a contention that trumps any alternative within the game.
“Barcelona and Real Madrid are two of the biggest three teams on the planet,” Saviola informed the Publish.
“The history of the clubs and background of the fixture are unrivalled, and the majority of the players on the pitch are idols, people are fanatical about them.
“I had the privilege of being in both of these institutions, where you follow great players and breathe the history in each corner of the clubs.
“People in both cities live the match, the colour and the atmosphere around the stadium are special. But there is passion around the world, before, during and after the game. It is the match that stops the planet.
Gifted former playmaker Saviola joined Barcelona from Argentine giants River Plate in 2001, aged 19. He watched on as Messi developed in the club’s renowned La Masia academy, before the 16-year-old made a first-team debut in 2003.
Saviola played alongside Messi at the 2006 World Cup, and was a regular Barca teammate in the 2006-07 season before joining Real Madrid.
“I played with amazing players for Barcelona and Real Madrid: Luis Figo, Patrick Kluivert, Rivaldo, Raul, Guti, David Beckham.
“But Leo is the best of all, it is impossible to compare him with anyone … I am very proud and happy I shared the field with him.”
Saviola used to be keen to observe the fresh of L. a. Masia’s skill in “the biggest arena” this weekend.
He coached 16-year-old Lamine Yamal, who’s forming a usual park in supervisor Xavi Hernandez’s staff, and Marc Guiu, the 17-year-old who got here off the bench to attain on his debut towards Athletic Bilbao ultimate moment.
“Barcelona are characterised by this philosophy of promoting young, courageous players,” Saviola, who’s predicting “an exciting 3-3 draw”, mentioned.
“We could see when Lamine touched the ball for the first time, he was different – and if he was well trained, he would become a great player. Marc’s life will change overnight, he has to keep his feet on the ground and know it is a long journey.
“Xavi was very surprised when he realised their temperament was on the same level as their football, everyone is talking about the joy they play with.”