FIVE Former And Current Real Madrid Players Who Almost Joined Barcelona

FIVE Former And Current Real Madrid Players Who Almost Joined Barcelona

Real Madrid and Barcelona are Spanish clubs that have rivalry not only in football but also in political positions.

Any match between fierce rivals Real Madrid and FC Barcelona is called El Clasico. The rivalry between them is something that is known to each and everyone who watch and follow football.

Real Madrid viewed as representing Spanish nationalism and Barcelona viewed as representing Catalan nationalism.

Some famous players like Ronaldo Nazario, Samuel Eto’o, and Javier Saviola have managed to play for both these clubs.

But on the other hand, there are some players who were lured by both La Liga giants.

Now, let’s take a look at 5 former and current players who were scouted by Barcelona but ended up signing for Real Madrid.

5. Marco Asensio – Attacking midfielder

Marco Asensio was scouted by Barcelona when he was at Mallorca and the €4.5 million deal was agreed.

The young Spaniard also started the process of looking a house in Barcelona. However, the deal stalled when Barcelona suggested paying the fee agreed in installments.

With Mallorca wanted to be paid the full amount straight away, Real Madrid entered the race and snapped up him.

4. Alfredo Di Stéfano – Striker

When Di Stefano was playing for Colombia club Millonarios in 1952, Barcelona have bid for the striker but it was rejected.

One year later in 1953, the Blaugrana decided to make the arrangement for Di Stefano and his family to move to Spain.

However, the Spanish Football Federation intervened and blocked the Di Stefano’s move because there was no agreement with Millonarios.

By that moment, Real Madrid president, Santiago Bernabeu signed the Argentine after agreement with Millonarios.

3. Kaka – Midfielder

Kaka would have played for Barcelona following his successful spell at AC Milan.

The Catalan side had agreed on a player-exchange deal involving Kaka and Ronaldinho. But the Brazilian ended up signing for Barcelona’s bitter rivals Real Madrid.

Barcelona president, Joan Laporta had dinner with Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi said: “We had dinner with Silvio Berlusconi. And he proposed a player-exchange deal involving Kaka and Ronaldinho. It started out as a bit of a joke, but Berlusconi quickly turned serious.”

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