Zidane and Ramos with LaLiga | Denis Doyle / .
Real Madrid have made many signings in the last 20 years, but only a few have managed to shine with the team and these are the top ten
Bale celebrates one of his goals against Liverpool | Michael Regan / .
For many, the Welsh footballer has not met all the expectations that had been placed on him, but his role does not make him one of the best reinforcements for the Whites in the last 20 years. Gareth Bale has been key in all the titles that the meringues have achieved since he arrived with crucial goals such as those of the Champions League final against Liverpool.
Raphael Varane during a match | OSCAR DEL POZO / .
The Frenchman arrived in 2011 as a young man who did not have a year of professional experience. Zinedine Zidane bet on him and was right because his growth has been developing over all these years until he became the undisputed starter. Varane is still 27 years old and is called to inherit Ramos’ baton in the rear.
Casemiro defends and marks | Denis Doyle / .
Very few drawbacks could be added to the Brazilian’s signing, especially after the last few seasons. Casemiro has been in charge of supporting the team when it was worst. Real Madrid paid six million for him in 2013 and after a fruitful loan in Porto he returned to be irreplaceable, the best in the world in his position.
Marcelo celebrates a goal | Quality Sport Images / .
More than 13 years ago, the winger crossed the Atlantic to dress in white for the first time and is now a legend of the club. His punctual failures do not tarnish a brilliant career at Real Madrid, learning from Roberto Carlos to be the best, and with a smile on his face despite criticism. Marcelo refused transfers, became a man at the Bernabéu and never had a bad word. Pure madridismo.
Modric celebrates a goal with Real Madrid | Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno / .
« 42 million to cover shame » said the cover of the Sport newspaper the day they presented the Croatian. Since then eight years have passed and Modric has not only lifted four Champions League, he has also achieved a Ballon d’Or to interrupt the dominance of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. It was 42 million, more than expected, but the midfielder has returned much more to the club.
Toni Kroos celebrates a goal | Angel Martinez / .
Guardiola is still pulling his few remaining hairs and dreams of recovering one day the man he let out in 2014. The German came to Real Madrid as a substitute for Bayern Munich to become one of the best midfielders in the world. This season is a great example of his abilities.
Zidane holds one of his Champions League | Matthias Hangst / .
The Frenchman was very expensive for Florentino Pérez to be the year 2001. Zidane was the most expensive signing so far, but with the performance he has given to throw it in his face. As a player he achieved the magical goal of the ‘Ninth’, as an assistant he got the ‘Tenth’ and as a coach the following three Champions and two Leagues. Zidane was expensive, but worth gold.
Benzema has been the best player this season | Angel Martinez / .
The French striker came as the one covered in that summer of great signings of 2009, but eleven years later he has shown that the scorer who arrived from Lyon was much more than that. Benzema has thrown the team on his back this season and has made him a LaLiga champion, but it is that years ago he was already key in all successes, even when he was branded as a low scorer.
Sergio Ramos celebrates his goal in the Champions League final | Chris Brunskill / Fantasista / .
The captain’s armband of Real Madrid is an object that weighs much more than the scale says and Sergio Ramos is one of those who has worn it best in this 21st century, and that is to say. The camero inherited the Casillas captaincy after his departure and with him came dozens of successes. This year he dressed again as a leader and is, without a doubt, the best defender in the club’s history.
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal with Real Madrid | Denis Doyle / .
It would be difficult to snatch the first place from Sergio Ramos, but the importance of the Portuguese in Real Madrid since his arrival has been incontestable. Cristiano Ronaldo has been the team’s leader for nine years, not only with his goals, but also with his winning character, and his absence will be noticed for many years.