Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has revealed how hot the rivalry between Real and Barcelona had been, that the players of both clubs had clashed shortly before joining the Spanish national team to win the 2010 World Cup.
The rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid peaked shortly before the 2010 World Cup, although Jose Mourinho had not yet arrived in the Spanish capital.
Real Madrid and Barcelona were the dominant teams in Spanish football up to that point, but the whites were experiencing a difficult period in the Champions League, as they were forced to watch their Catalan rivals become the best team in the world.
Speaking at an event for the publication of the documentary about Spain’s triumph in South Africa, Ramos showed how the Barca and Real players had clashed before the World Cup.
“The Barcelona and Real Madrid players had just torn each other to pieces,” Ramos said.
“There were many players from both clubs in the national team, but our disagreements had to be secondary. Vicente del Bosque did a great job of uniting us, making us realize that we had to separate the club’s problems from the heart of the national team.”