In this Tuesday Oct. 3, 2017 photo, Irene Guszman, 15, wearing a Spanish flag and Mariona Esteve, 14, wearing an estelada or independence flag, walk along the street to take part at a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
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Often symbolized as pitting the pride of Catalonia against Spain's capital, the Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid is a match laced with political and social as much as sporting tension.In Barcelona, Catalan flags, including the independence-supporting Estelada, are commonly flown, while the crowd at Europe's biggest stadium chant in favor of independence in the 17th minute of each match to mark the fall of Catalonia in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714 .La Liga president Javier Tebas has repeatedly warned Barca would not be allowed to continue playing in the Spanish league if the drive for independence is followed through.However, even outspoken pro-independence campaigners like former Barca president Joan Laporta have called for Barca to remain in La Liga.The most-watched football match in the world will attract a potential TV audience of 650 million people who will tune in to see five-time Ballon d'Or winners Cristiano Ronaldo of Real and Barcelona's Lionel Messi.
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