THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

25 October ~ The idea of a Briton taking part in the Spanish Clásico might not be a new one, but the expectation awakened by Gareth Bale in Spanish football is still remarkable. While the likes of Laurie Cunningham, Steve Archibald, Steve McManaman and Michael Owen occasionally scored in these clashes, it was Gary Lineker who displayed the most impressive performance ever made by a player from the UK in a Real Madrid v Barcelona match. It was in 1987, and the English striker scored a hat-trick as the Catalans won 3-2. After the game, Real Madrid's Jorge Valdano praised Lineker's quickness: "Lineker would kill them all in the Wild West".

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