After Iniesta and Ronaldo exit, Messi's injury cause a Barça-Madrid without their big stars
Andrés Iniesta signed for Vissel Kobe and Cristiano Ronaldo did it for Juventus. Barça and Madrid fans knew that a Clasico without them would be weird. They were two of their best players. However, Messi's injury was something unexpected.
Last time the world saw a Barça-Madrid without Messi and neither Ronaldo was eleven years ago. It was in 2007 when Madrid won 0-1 at the Camp Nou in a match before Christmas. Messi was also injured and he could not help their teammates in the last Frank Rijkaard season in charge.
Next season, with Guardiola as a coach, Barça won the triplet and it was the historic 2-6 at the Santiago Bernabeu with Leo Messi as a great star. Next season, in the 2009/10, Real Madrid signed Cristiano and it started a wonderful era in football story with Messi and Ronaldo rivalry. Messi has won 17 time Real Madrid scoring 26 goals and Ronaldo did it 8 times with 18 goals.
The last time that Barça played against Madrid without Messi was in 2015 at Santiago Bernabeu. However, Messi played the last 30 minutes on a match that Barça won 0-4. On the other side, Madrid won 2-0 in 2017 in a match without Ronaldo.