Real Madrid in many people’s eyes are the biggest club in the world. It is hard to argue with their opinion because of the sheer success they’ve had and the calibre of players that have represented the club since they were founded in 1902. The likes of Alfredo di Stefano, FerencPuskas, Hugo Sanchez and to the more recent Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo have all played for the giants and a host of other world class players. Their prowess in the financial market over the years has enabled them to spend hundreds of millions of pounds on Europe’s best players.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Many believe this man is one of the greatest footballers of all time if not the best. What’s preventing him from claiming that title is his success on the international stage but for his clubs, he has been scintillating. He made a record transfer fee of £80million to Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 and has an incredible scoring ratio for the club. He has scored 285 goals in 273 games which is a fantastic return on a player in his 6th season for the club.
2. Zinedine Zidane
What a technically gifted player the Frenchman was. Although his career ended in controversial circumstances in the 2006 World Cup final, no one can deny Zidane what a stellar career he had. He joined the club as a 29-year old from Juventus for a world record transfer fee at the time and the attacking midfielders most iconic moment in a Madrid shirt was that brilliant volley in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen. He is now manager of the Real Madrid Castilla side and could potentially be a future manager for the first team.
Before Cristiano showed up, Madrid’s favourite No.7 was Raul. He started at the youth club as a 15-year old and made his breakthrough in 1994 where he took the club by storm. He was lethal for the C team which earned him his step up. He scored an impressive 228 league goals in 550 games and is the club’s record goal scorer on 323 goals. He won 6 La Liga titles including 3 Champions League winners medals before leaving the club in 2010.
4. Alfredo di Stefano
You’re not named Honorary President of the club for nothing. He died in July last year but spent 11 successful years at the club. Even the great Pele described di Stefano as the most complete player of all-time. He was a very powerful centre forward who had high levels of vision and scored goals at a supreme rate. 307 goals in 396 games is an evident statistic of how lethal he was in front of goal and helped him win 8 top flight Spanish titles. He was also part of the side that won 5 consecutive European Cups.
If Alfredo di Stefano was having a bad game, then his team mate FerencPuskas wasn’t far behind to back him up. They formed one of the best ever attacking partnerships and was also part of the side that won 8 Spanish titles. He scored 4 hat tricks in his first season at Real Madrid and was a predator inside the penalty box. He also has an FIFA award in his name which marks the best goal of the calendar award.
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