Real Madrid had some great players in the past years. There are a number of players who stand out for their performance and achievements at the club. With that in mind, there are some signings that marked the beginning of an era or even the end of one. Following are the five signings who are the most important to Real Madrid’s history
1. Luís Figo
In the history of Real Madrid, there is no other signing who had a greater impact on La Liga than Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo. The Portuguese legend won the La Liga title with Barcelona in two successive years and without a doubt is the world’s best player. Figo was Madrid’s first-ever galácticos and the term has ever since been synonymous with football.
2. Alfredo Di Stefano
Alfredo Stéfano Di Stéfano Laulhé, an Argentine professional was an excellent footballer and coach. The story of Di Stefano was a fascinating one as he was supposed to sign for Barcelona but ended up at Real Madrid. His status at Real Madrid is not even matched by Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentine legend was probably the one player who was bigger and famous than the club itself during that period.
The transfer details are too complex but in short, Barcelona tried extremely hard to secure his signature. Real Madrid stole him from the Catalans with the political influence in Argentine and Colombia. DI Stefano won 5 UEFA Champions League titles in a row and became Real Madrid’s top goal scorer of all time. Later on, this record was broken first by Raul and then Ronaldo.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo
No list of Real Madrid’s signing will be completed without Cristiano Ronaldo. In terms of pure statistics, he is the club’s best player. He was signed for a record fee of 94 million Euros and became the most expensive player in 2009. He helped Madrid to win a La Liga title and two Champions Leagues in that time. At the age of 35 he is still strong and is nowhere close to retiring.
4. Claude Makélélé Sinda
Makélélé was real important to Real Madrid and was signed from Real Club Celta de Vigo under contentious circumstances for a record fee of 14 million Euros. With impressive skills and hard work, he helped the club become the best team in the world in just three seasons. Makélélé allowed his teammates to do anything they pleased knowing they had him to sweep up opponents’ attacks and explained the central defensive midfield position as well as setting the benchmark for the future generation.
5. Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Yazid Zidane is known for his capability as a player and his contribution to the club. He became a legend at the club as he managed to make players in the team excel even more. He was the player who in 150 appearances managed 37 goals and 44 assist meaning he scored or assisted every other game.
Since Zinedine Zidane took over as manager hot seat, he has earned even more legendary status including the fact that his instant impact has managed to give more importance to the young rising stars of football coming through their academy. The club has been breaking records in a row and they have only lost 4 games in that time. It’s remarkable what Zizou has administered with the club in just a short space of time.