Former Arsenal and Barcelona man reveals the Old Firm is the 'most intense' rivalry in football

Giovanni van Bronckhorst of Barcelona in action during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-final first leg match between Benfica and Barcelona at the Estadio da Luz on March 28, 2006 in Lisbon, Portugal.
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Former Barcelona, Rangers and Arsenal player Giovani van Bronckhorst has revealed that the Old Firm derby outranks El Classico in intensity.

The Dutchman, who spent a combined seven years at Rangers and Barcelona, claimed that the Old Firm was the most intense fixture he's ever played in, although El Classicos were the biggest games of his career.

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James Ridge is a freelance journalist based in the UK. He recently spent time with The United Stand as an online news editor and has covered the beautiful game from England’s eighth tier all the way to the Premier League.