Alexis and Cesc will play in their first ever home league match against Real Madrid this Saturday, and will be hoping to continue a curious tradition.
Quini, Maradona, Lineker, Koeman, Romario, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Eto'o, Messi and David Villa all scored in their first ever matches against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.
Several players have got their Camp Nou clásico careers off to a goalscoring start. Since 1978/79, when Hans Krankl beat García Remon in a 2-0 win, a number of players have excelled in their first experience of welcoming the eternal rival to the Catalan capital. Maradona, Lineker, Romario, Ronaldinho and Messi all repeated Krankl’s feat, as did Zlatan Ibrahimovic two seasons ago (1-0) and David Villa with a brace in last season’s 5-0 win. This Saturday, we could see another new name on the list.
Leo Messi, in 2006-07, was the last player to score three goals in a league match against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou. The Argentinian, now the club’s highest all-time goalscorer, grabbed a late goal to salvage a point from a 3-3 draw. Before him, both Gary Lineker (86/87) and Romario (93/94) had managed to find the Madrid net three times in the same fixture. The Brazilian’s hat trick formed part of the penultimate 5-0 win against Madrid at the Camp Nou, and will always be remembered for his amazing 180º spin to beat Alkorta. (via FCBarcelona.com)
Scorers debutants in a classic
1986/87 Gary Lineker (3)
1993/94 Romario (3)
2004/05 Samuel Eto'o
2006/07 Leo Messi (3)
2010/11 David Villa