10 Football Stars Who Once Played For Real Madrid

Real Madrid has become associated with most top class players since the turn of the millennium.

To be fair, it’s been that way for decades, but in the last 22 years, they’ve really taken it to new levels. 

No time period shows this better than Florentino Pérez’s first presidency, from 2000 to 2007, often known as the Galácticos era. 

Check out this list of five former Real Madrid players:

 1. Samuel Eto’o

Many people are unaware that Samuel Eto’o began his professional football career with Real Madrid, where he progressed from the youth squad to the first team.

He did not make the cut at the club, though, and only made three first-team appearances before being sent to Mallorca.

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2. Esteban Cambiasso

While many people will remember Cambiasso for his heroics at Inter Milan, the midfielder also played for Real Madrid from 2002 to 2004.

3. Emmanuel Adebayor

Togolese football legend Emmanuel Adebayor is the second African player on our list. He is well-known for his exploits with a number of European clubs, including a brief loan spell at Real Madrid in 2011.

4. Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez, a former Manchester United and West Ham striker, also spent time on loan with Real Madrid from 2014 to 2015.

5. Michael Essien

Michael Essien, a former Chelsea midfielder, was one of those African footballers that played for Real Madrid between 2012 and 2013, spending a year with the club.

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6. Dani Parejo

After coming through the youth levels at Villarreal, Dani Parejo spent a brief time with the main squad at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

7. Juanfran

While Juanfran rose to prominence with Atletico Madrid as a right back, it was at Real Madrid that the Spanish fullback began to realize his full potential before being moved to the club in 2006.

8. Marcos Alonso

Marcos Alonso, the veteran wingback who is currently at Chelsea, spent two years with Real Madrid before joining Bolton in 2010.

9. Fabinho

In his early years, Fabinho, a Brazilian defensive midfielder, also played for Real Madrid. However, he was moved to Monaco in 2013 after failing to make the club’s cut.

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10) Juan Mata

Legend of the English Premier League Juan Mata was one of the rare players in his early career to play for Real Madrid.

However, the midfielder was unable to get into the first squad at the club and was subsequently transferred to Valencia.

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