Goalkeeping great: Iker Casillas
Years went by without Fernando Torres managing to score a goal against Casillas. 'San Iker' also ruined more than one derby for Sergio Agüero at the Calderón. Top dog between the sticks.
Right-back dynamo: Míchel Salgado
A full-back who showed so much pride for the shirt and was indefatigable in his forward forays down the wing. I remember so many derbies in which he simply owned the right flank; there was no-one to get past him.
Talisman at centre-back: Sergio Ramos
I would also have liked to pick Fernando Hierro here, but every Madridista is eternally grateful to Ramos for that 93rd-minute equaliser in Lisbon. The biggest goal ever scored in a derbi madrileño, without a shadow of a doubt. La Décima!
Centre-back with licence to roam: Pirri
By the time I began going to the football in 1973, Pirri was playing as a central defender with an eye to get forward. He always showed his leadership in the derbies, snapping into the tackle and joining in the attack to chip in with goals.
Left-back force of nature: Roberto Carlos
Real Madrid's derby thunderbolt ripped it up against Atlético. Los Rojiblancos were quaking in their boots every time he crossed the midfield and unleashed one of his left-footed howitzers.
Bossing the midfield: Uli Stielike
A rock at the heart of the engine room. In the derbies in the late 70s and early 80s, Stielike bossed the midfield and almost always won his duels. I'll never forget that 5-0 victory at the Bernabéu when he devoured Atleti all by himself.
El gran capitán: Raúl González Blanco
Raúl's debut at the Bernabéu came in a derby, and he only went and pinged one into the top corner... His solo goal at the Calderón, when he skinned Juan Manuel López and fired past José Francisco Molina, will also remain forever etched in the memory of every Madridista.
The passion: Juanito
Who could forget the famous occasion that referee Juan Andújar Óliver showed Juanito a yellow card, moving the Andalusian to get down on his knees and beg him to take it back, since it meant that he would miss the derby the following week. A Real Madrid icon.
The magic up front: Emilio Butragueño
I remember the derby at the Calderón in his first season in the team, when he was brought on in the final 20 minutes and changed the game, setting up Jorge Valdano to score the winner. He was unique. Time and again Atleti were left reeling by his class and predatory instincts in front of goal.
The legend: Alfredo Di Stéfano
Unfortunately I never got the chance to see him play live, but my father often reminds me of a wonderful backheeled goal that he scored in a derby at the Bernabéu. The 'Blond Arrow' understood the rivalry with Atlético better than anyone. Los Colchoneros were his arch sporting enemies.
The Best: Cristiano Ronaldo
Derbies bring the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo. I've seen him hit a couple of hat-tricks at the Calderón, not to mention one at the Bernabéu in last year's Champions League. And then there's his unforgettable penalty in the shoot-out in Milan... A monster who still has plenty more derby wins to come.