Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, has insisted that the El Clasico is still the best game in club football, despite Lionel Messi’s departure from Barcelona.
Both LaLiga rivals clash at the Camp Nou on October 24.
Madrid are currently top of the table, while Barca are in ninth place.
Messi’s exit, following that of Cristiano Ronaldo from Madrid in 2018, has led some to question the current level of the two Clasico giants.
But Benzema still feels there is enough quality left in the two squads to put up a show.
“For me, it’s still the same. It remains the best match that exists in football.
“It doesn’t matter about the players who are there, who have left or who will join. Real-Barca is historic. The names change but before there was [Zinedine] Zidane, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, [Samuel] Eto’o. Real-Barca will always be Real-Barca,” Benzema told ESPN’s Julien Laurens in an exclusive interview.