- Category: Premier League
Athletic Bilbao vs. Real Madrid is one of the historic classics of Spanish football. It may not carry the international weight that Barcelona-Real clashes currently enjoy, but back in the day these sides were the powerhouses of the national league.
In the early to mid-1930s Athletic and Real regularly battled for the league title. After the Civil War, Telmo Zarra emerged as La Liga's most lethal striker -- until one Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro appeared on the Spanish scene -- helping the Basque club to a league title, a few runners-up positions and a fistful of King's Cup trophies.
Toward the end of his career, Zarra lined up against Alfredo di Stefano, one of the many players who were able to compete in the Spanish league under