Without an iota of doubt, Real Madrid is one of the best clubs in the world. They have been remarkable in nurturing young stars to become one of Europe’s sought-after talents.
While many players dream of playing in the Santiago Bernabeu, there are a few players who had to leave the club to show their true worth.
On that note, below are four superstars who had to leave Real Madrid to show the world their true worth.
1. Arjen Robben
Arguably one of the greatest players in his position. Robben moved to Real Madrid from Chelsea in 2007 as one of the most promising rising stars in the world, but his time at the Santiago Bernabeu was disheartening.
He was plagued with so many injuries and inconsistencies when even a chance. This led to his release to Bayern Munich in 2009.
At the Bavarians, the Dutchman won 8 Bundesliga, 5 German Cups, 1 UEFA Champions League, and 1 Club World Cup.
Fabinho started his football career in 2012 at Rio Ave before moving to Real Madrid in 2013. However, his time with the Los Blancos was also disheartening.
He spent most of his time at the Bernabeu on loan and ultimately left for Monaco after making just one appearance.
At Monaco, Fabinho became one of the best versatile midfielders in the world, and it wasn’t long before Liverpool came calling for his services.
We all know the successes Fabinho had had since joining the Merseyside club.
3. Wesley Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder was one of the best players in his position at Ajax before moving to Real Madrid in 2017 for a transfer fee of $27 million.
He showed glimpses of his uniqueness in his first season with the Los Blancos, but in the subsequent seasons with the club he became a shadow of himself.
This led to his move to Jose Mourinho’s inter Milan in 2009.
Under the Catalan manager’s tutelage, the Dutchman was a beast. He won the treble in his debut season and was among the top three in the Ballon d’Or ranking.
4. Samuel Eto’o
Before becoming a Barcelona legend, Samuel Eto’o played for Real Madrid under Jose Mourinho’s tutelage.
However, he spent most of his time in Madrid on loan, and this led to his release to Mallorca in 2000.
After leaving Santiago Bernabeu, the former Cameroon international grew to become one of the best players in the world, winning the Champions League in Barcelona under Pep Guardiola and Inter Milan under Jose Mourinho.