Real Madrid are one of the few clubs in the world that had a glorious past and has a formidable present. They are a side that established their dominance over world football early on and never looked back. Some great players played for the club and contributed in achieving all the glory that the club possess. In this article, we will have a look at some of the best Real Madrid players ever.
Combining various aspects like legacy, longevity, skills, impact on the club, here are 10 best Real Madrid players of all time –
10. Sergio Ramos
Without Sergio Ramos there would be no tenth European Cup for Real Madrid, and no 11th either. His 93rd minute equaliser in Lisbon in 2014 broke Atletico Madrid’s spirit and forced a period of extra-time in which Real scored three more goals.
Two years later he scored in the 1-1 re-match in Milan and converted his penalty in the shootout, winning man-of-the-match and lifting the trophy. They lifted the UCL trophy in the next two seasons as well.
Signed on the last day of the transfer window in 2005, when he was only 19, Ramos has repaid his £22million transfer fee many times over, albeit with a club record 21 red cards into the bargain.
His signing was doubted by many as he arrived as a youngster from Sevilla, but he was the big Spanish bet made by Florentino Perez and it has worked well. Now the club captain, he is one of the world’s best defenders today.
Pirri played in Real Madrid’s midfield winning 10 leagues and was part of the team that won the European Cup in 1966. He played from 1964 to 1980 scoring 173 goals in the process that put him in the list of ‘best Real Madrid players ever’.
Defender, midfielder and even a striker when necessary, Pirri was a spectacular player who could operate in many positions and he appeared in 561 official matches for Real Madrid. The Real Madrid legend was part of the all-conquering Ye-Ye team at Real Madrid, consisting only of Spanish players and captained by Francisco Gento.
8. Fernando Hierro
Fernando Hierro appeared in more than 500 official games with Real Madrid and representied the nation on nearly 90 occasions, while appearing in four World Cups and two European Championships.
Equally at ease as a central defender, sweeper or defensive midfielder, he had the ability, at his peak, to combine solid defensive play with a near-unlimited passing range and surprising goalscoring talent, which made him one of the world’s most sought-after players.
With the Merengues, he won five La Liga and three UEFA Champions League trophies over the course of nearly 15 years, from 1989 to 2003.
7. Iker Casillas
Real Madrid’s official website calls him “the best goalkeeper in our history”, and it’s hard to disagree with them.
Not only did Casillas possess lightning reflexes and a one-on-one ability second to none, but he also had the humility, composure, and leadership qualities that have made him Madrid’s best ever captain.
He won win 18 trophies in 16 seasons for the club including five leagues and three Champions Leagues. He left the club in 2015.
6. Zinedine Zidane
Gave the best years of his career to Real Madrid. Elegant, decisive and spectacular, Zidane conquered the Bernabeu with his football in the five years he spent with the club. His goal in Glasgow that sealed the Champions League in 2002 will stay forever in the memories of Madrid fans.
Zidane also won the league the following season and was voted Fifa World Player.
He has also won three UCL titles as the manager of the club. Zidane’s name is immortal in Real Madrid’s history.