This weekend will bring us one of the most anticipated games in world soccer. El Clasico will take the limelight for the first time in the 2021-22 La Liga season as Barcelona host Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Sunday, in a game that will be broadcast in the US by ESPN+.
It may be true that both sides have lost big-name players such as Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos, but this derby is bigger than any superstar who could step into the field. El Clasico is important by itself, regardless of the players that take part in it.
But even if people believe this game will lack valuable players, it's time to debunk that myth. Here, take a look at the most expensive players of Barcelona and Real Madrid who will play in the upcoming Clasico.
4. Ansu Fati
The 18-year-old sensation has had a fast rise in Barcelona, emerging as the club's next big figure after Lionel Messi. Ansu Fati, who was given the No. 10 jersey, has a $66 million market value, per Transfermarkt.
3. Federico Valverde
The Uruguayan midfielder has surprisingly made an impact in Real Madrid being an unknown player at the time. Federico Valverde has quickly become a key player for Los Blancos and, according to Transfermarkt, his market value is $71.50 million.
Casemiro has played a pivotal role in Real Madrid's successes over the last few years ruling in the middle of the park. Transfermarkt claims the Brazil international has a market value of $77 million.
1. Frenkie de Jong
The Dutch midfielder has been one of the few good signings Barcelona have made over the last few years. Frenkie de Jong, 24, is an important player for Ronald Koeman and a valuable asset for the club, as Transfermarkt claims his market value is $99 million.
On Sunday, Barcelona and Real Madrid will be head-to-head in one of the less predictable Clasicos in a long time. To watch the game in the US, make sure to tune in to ESPN+.