Hat-tricks, hell-raising and high treason: 10 huge Clásico debuts

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9. Zinedine Zidane (2001)

In 2001, the sense of excitement and glamour surrounding Real Madrid was astounding as Perez’s Galactico project began to take shape. Zidane was one of the high-profile acquisitions who helped the Clásico pendulum of power swing in Madrid’s favour. 

Unsurprisingly, he made his first appearance in such a game look easy. The Frenchman was Real's creative hub in midfield, unlocking the Barcelona defence for Fernando Morientes’s opener and sticking to the ball every time his team poured forward.

The second goal was created without Zizou, but the free-flowing football involved represented Madrid’s burgeoning confidence; something the Frenchman helped create with his arrival.

Madrid went on to win the Champions League in his first season at the club, thanks in no small part to his breathtaking volley in the final against Bayer Leverkusen.

10. Neymar (2013)

When Neymar signed for Barcelona in 2013, he was widely expected to become a Barcelona legend. One of the best avenues to achieve such a status would be perform in the biggest games... like the ones against Real.  

The young Brazilian duly obliged on his first outing, scoring the opener in Barca's 2-1 win on home soil and terrorising the Madrid defence with his pace, dribbling and trickery. 

His opener helped pave the way for another Barca triumph, on a night where Gareth Bale struggled to make an impact for los Blancos.

The Welshman would make his mark in spectacular style later in the campaign. Here, though, Alexis Sanchez added a second before Jese grabbed a late consolation for Carlo Ancelotti's men. 


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