The Ones That Got Away

Real Madrid CF is club known for their extravagant spending in assembling the ever famous galacticos comprising of stars like beckham , ronaldo ,zidane etc.Though whether the project was a success is an argument for another time. It is in stark contrast to the real Madrid side of the 1980s to 2000 which comprised of a majority of home grown players.

Despite real Madrid becoming more conservative in its spending, opting to purchase less established young players and develop them, there are many who have fallen victim to our clubs merciless transfer policy

They include:


Claude Makele

After arriving from Celta to Real Madrid for a substantial 14M fee .Makele proceeded to establish himself as one of the best holding midfielders in the team and substantially added to his medal tally

However, despite his value to the team, Makélelé was one of its most (relatively) under-paid members, earning a fraction of that paid to his more illustrous teammates . In the summer of 2003, feeling that his position at the club was insecure after the shock sacking of del Bosque and the arrival of David Beckham, and encouraged by teammates Zidane, Raúl, McManaman and Fernando Morientes, Makélelé decided to ask for an improved contract. The Real management flatly refused to consider his request. Upset, Makélelé handed in a transfer request, whereupon he was signed by Chelsea. Club president Florentino Pérez infamously poured scorn on Makélelé's footballing abilities and proclaimed that Makélelé would not be missed:

" We will not miss Makélelé. His technique is average, he lacks the speed and skill to take the ball past opponents, and ninety percent of his distribution either goes backwards or sideways. He wasn't a header of the ball and he rarely passed the ball more than three metres. Younger players will arrive who will cause Makélelé to be forgotten.[5] "

His opinion differed from that of players like Zidane, who remarked the following after Makélelé was sold and Beckham was bought

" Why put another layer of gold paint on the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine? "

He was handpicked by a certain Jose Mourinho and was the engine of the side that won two consecutive premier leagues


Wesley Sneidjer

Sneijder was the second of three Dutchmen to sign for Real Madrid 2007–08 season, joining Royston Drenthe and Arjen Robben. He also was given the number 23, which had been previously worn by David Beckham for four seasons at Real. In his first La Liga match for Real, he scored the winner in the Madrid derby against Atlético Madrid. On the second matchday, he scored two goals against Villarreal CF, one of them on a direct free-kick. Sneijder capped a fine first season in Spain by hitting a stunning free kick in the last game of the season against Levante UD at the Bernabéu, taking his goal tally to nine in the La Liga season, a season which also saw Real retain their title.But despite his exploits he was deemed not good enough and sold off to Inter Milan to make room for a certain Kaka for a frugal 15m where he became an instant success


Arjen Robben

Robben proved crucial for many Real Madrid matches, making his famous runs down the left wing, and quickly became a first choice for the left midfield position, making 28 appearances during his debut season and scoring five goals. Real Madrid won the league title with some games to spare, and were already the champions of Spain when they played their arch-rivals FC Barcelona on 7 May 2008.Robben claimed he was "forced" to leave Real Madrid, saying that he "didn't want to go, but the club wanted to sell him".


Juan Mata

Mata started his football career at Real Oviedo, where his father spent most of his career. He stayed there for three years before joining Madrid at age 15. After appearing for their Cadete Ateam, he swiftly progressed through the junior teams, Juvenil C and finally the Juvenil A. But lack of first team oppurtunities meant he had to move to valencia and later chelsea where he has been nothing short of a revelation .


Samuel Etoo

Yet another real madrid player deemed not good enough and not given chances , becomes one of the leading top scorers for our sworn rivals


Clarence Seedorf

Seedorf moved to Real Madrid in 1996, where he was "virtually ever present in the Blancos team for the first three seasons." In his first season, he helped that team regain the La Liga title; in his second season (1997–98), he played a major role in the team's Champions League success, as Real Madrid secured a 1–0 victory over Juventus in the final, earning his second Champions League title of his career.

At the end of the 1998–99 season, Real Madrid and Juventus wanted to swap Seedorf for Zinedine Zidane, but the deal didn't go through and the French playmaker waited two more years before joining Real Madrid.While playing for Real Madrid, Seedorf scored a notable long-range goal against Atlético Madrid in 1997.

Starting from the summer of 1999, Seedorf's role at Real Madrid became less prominent during the short term of Dutch coach Guus Hiddink at the club, and he was eventually transferred back to Italy during the 1999–00 season, this time to Internazionale, for a fee about 44 million Italian lira (about 23M).

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