Real are renowned for their high-profile transfer dealings. Always at the forefront of securing the world’s top talents, it also have a reputation for ‘ruining’ great players.
The theory is that every summer Real sign at least one high-profile; The good side of this policy is that Real recruit some of the most talented footballers in the world. The negative is that it often leads to players having huge pressure on them and being given very limited opportunities to prove their worth.
So many players have seen their careers go downhill at Real; Here are the players who were ruined by Real Madrid:
5. FABIO CANNAVARO
Cannavaro is considered to be one of the greatest defenders of all time.being in one in only three who ever attained Ballon d’Or.
In 2006, he captained Italy to victory at the World Cup, and joined Real Madrid the same year. His Los Blancos career started brightly, and he was very popular with the clubs supporters.
During his final seasons in Madrid, Cannavaro’s decline began to be evident, especially during the 2008-09 season. Due to his advanced age, he was often seen struggling when faced with pacy opponents such as Lionel Messi and Fernando Torres, leading to Real Madrid conceding any number of goals.
4. MICHAEL OWEN
Owen had a slow start to his Madrid career. He was often confined to the bench and drew criticism from fans and the Spanish press for his lack of form.
The 2012 Ballon d’Or winner, Owen scored 13 league goals, but was let go the following season.
3. ANTONIO CASSANO
Gifted with incredible technique and vision, Cassano could well have gone down as one of the finest players of his generation; Cassano became the second ever Italian player to sign for Real Madrid.
Just a few months into his tenure with the club, he began gaining weight due to poor eating habits; which resulted in Madrid fining him for every gram he remained over his playing weight, and earned him the nickname “Gordito“.
2. NICOLAS ANELKA
A quick player with good aerial ability, technique, shooting and movement off the ball.
Anelka moved to Real at the age of 20. He wasn’t given game time at the Bernabeu, unable to dislodge Raul or Fernando Morientes. In one season, he scored only 2 goals in 19 games.
A World Cup, Champions League, Serie A, Ballon d’Or and World Player of the Year winner prior to joining Real.
The samba boy became the second most expensive footballer in history when he joined Real Madrid in 2009 from AC Milan. The combination of pressure, injuries and the introduction of Mesut Ozil made the move a major flop. In the four years Kaka spent at Real, Barcelona reigned supreme. He made a total of 120 appearances, scoring 29 goals.