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13/04/97. Ronaldo's enormous night

One of Ronaldo's most brilliant performances was in the 1996/97 La Liga match at the Vicente Calderón, where the Brazilian star scored a hat-trick in a 5–2 blaugrana victory. A goal by Kiko gave Atlético the lead, but the Barça number 9 helped Bobby Robson's side make a second-half comeback that included a red card for Diego Simeone and a Ronaldo penalty kick to seal a historic triumph.


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10/05/98. Rivaldo scores from midfield

With Luis Van Gaal's Barça having wrapped up the league and Copa del Rey titles weeks earlier, on 10 May 1998, the penultimate matchday of the season, Rivaldo scored one of his best goals a a Barça player, surprising the Calderón with a strike from midfield. Although the goal put Barça up 1–0, Atlético ended up winning 5–2.


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29/04/00. Centennial victory

One of Luis Van Gaal's last games of his first stint with Barçá came at Atlético. Barça, in the middle of a tight title chase, won, 3–0, on goals from Sergi Barjuan, Dani García and Gabri. Deportivo ended up winning the title that season, while Atlético finished second to last and suffered a stunning relegation to the Second Division.


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19/09/04. Rijkaard's Barça draws on Gio's amazing strike

A Week 3 visit to the Calderón in Frank Rijkaard's maiden season featured an unstoppable Ronaldinho supported by a cast new players and hopes of a renewed hunger for titles that would later come to fruition. But it was the left full back, Gio van Bronckhorst, who had arrived the year before, who scored an incredible goal from inside the penalty area, allowing Barça to head back to the Catalan capital with a point in their pockets.


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20/05/07. Rout with no reward

In Week 35 of the 2006/07 season, amidst a brutal race for the league title, FC Barcelona got their biggest victory ever at the Calderón — a 6–0 triumph. Messi scored twice, while Gianluca Zambrotta, Samuel Eto'o, Ronaldinho and Andrés Iniesta chipped in with one apiece. But despite the rout, Barça would eventually come up short in the final standings.


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01/03/08. Ronaldinho's final Barça goal was a jewel

Ronaldinho's 94th and final goal for FC Barcelona came on 1 March 2008 at the Calderón. After a pass from Xavi, the Brazilian unleashed a bicycle kick from the penalty spot that Christian Abbiati couldn't stop. It was a true work of art. But just like the day that Rivaldo scored, the goal opened the scoring in a game that Frank Rijkaard's Barça lost, this time 4–2.


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01/03/09. Thierry Henry brace in Pep Guardiola's first match at the Calderón

The new coach's fist game at Atlético was a wild, 4-3 defeat. Thierry Henry and Leo Messi but Barça up, but Diego Forlán and Kun Agüero tied it up ahead of a frantic final 15 minutes. Henry gave Barça a 3–2 lead before Forlán (penalty kick) and Agüero again struck for Los Colchoneros to secure a 4–3 win.


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26/02/12. Messi's big surprise

We've seen it all from Leo Messi. And on this magical night, with ten minutes to play and the score tied at 1–1, Messi did it again. With Atlético's goalkeeper still conferring with his teammates as they were forming a wall to obstruct a free kick, Messi didn't wait, beating the out-of-position keeper to give Barça a 2–1 win.



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12/05/13. League title with 100 points

With FC Barcelona — who were coached by Tito Vilanova and Jordi Roura that season — having wrapped up the La Liga title the night before when Real Madrid had failed to beat Espanyol, Barça were applauded onto the pitch by Atlético prior to their match there. Falcao opened the scoring for Atleti, but Alexis Sánchez tied it and an own goal by Gabi gave Barça a 2–1 win. 


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17/05/15. First La Liga title under Luis Enrique

FC Barcelona mathematically clinched the 2014/15 La Liga with a 1–0 win on a goal by Leo Messi. The final whistle unleashed a certain euphoria among the players and coaching staff, who achieved their first title of the Luis Enrique era en route to an unprecedented second treble.

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