Only two Barcelona players have received standing ovation at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and it is such a great honor for them considering the eternal rivalry between these teams.
The Argentine legend Diego Maradona was applauded when he scored that wonderful goal in the Copa del Rey in 1983.
Ronaldinho was given similar applause in November 2005, and Andreas Iniesta got the same 10 years later after being substituted in what appears to be his last El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
To admit, its difficult for Madrid fans to applaud an eternal rival club player in all sense,
But Maradona’s goal in 1983 was so good that the Madrid fans couldn’t help but give him a standing ovation.
It took 22 years before they could do it to another Brazilian legend.
Before Ronnie’s arrival at Camp Nou, Barca hasn’t won a match at Madrid’s ground for almost a decade until Ronnie gave a pass to Xavi in 2004 that helped Barcelona to win 2:1 at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Messi has played 15 times at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, with 10 wins , 1 draw and 4 loses, he has one of the best record by any Barcelona’s player.
Why Messi hasn’t been applauded by Madrid fans
Some reasons can be:
- He plays in a time of Cristiano Ronaldo, which happens to be Madrid’s greatest and highest goal scorer, and with the rivalry between both players, the fans won’t even consider doing that.
- Some say because of his views on Catalan and their independence, which have always angered a lot of Madrid’s fans, directors and board members alike, they won’t do such as giving him a standing ovation.
- Some Madrid fans believed he kicked the ball against them in a 2011 el clasico match and it appears they haven’t forgiven him.
Messi has scored many fantastic and jaw-breaking goals at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium that deserves a standing ovation for at least 5–10 minutes (to make him the highest minutes given to any player in football history),
But only time will tell if he will get one in no near distant future.