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Best Real Madrid players of all time

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Real Madrid, which is one of the best teams in the world, has introduced great players to the world of football. Which players are on the list of best Real Madrid players of all time? Join us

Real Madrid Football team is the biggest and greatest team in the history of European football. Many great players dream of wearing this team's shirt. We come across the names of many legends, who their high skills have changed the fate of this team in

Real Madrid

history.

Real Madrid has won 34 La Liga titles, 19 Copa del Rey titles, 11 Spanish Super Cups titles, 13 European Cups titles, 2 UEFA Cups titles, 4 European Super Cups titles, and 7 FIFA Club World Cups titles from the beginning of its establishment until now.

The list of

greatest Real Madrid players of all time

includes great players, each of whom alone can turn a team into a champion. Stay with us to review the

best footballers in the history of Real Madrid.

Greatest Real Madrid players of all time

Let's take a look at the list of

best footballers in the history of Real Madrid

that starts with the great Alfredo Di Stefano.

Alfredo Di Stefano

  • Nation:

    Argentina-Spain

  • Date of Birth:

    04.07.1926

  • Seasons as a Whites' player:

    11

Undoubtedly, Alfredo Di Stefano is the greatest legend in the history of Real Madrid. Maradona was named Di Stefano, the best player in football history. The Argentinean legend said about the great Di Stefano: "I think the best was [Alfredo] Di Stefano. He was superior to everyone - even me. Pele didn't want to recognize Di Stefano's talents. Pele's friends invented a trophy, especially for him, being a living legend of football. I even beat Pele in Rio for being the best in history. "

The genius who led the team to five consecutive European Club Cup made Real Madrid the proudest side in Europe. All football experts consider him, along with Diego Maradona and

Lionel Messi

, as the best players in the history of Argentine football.

He joined the Whites in 1953 and experienced the Champions League final five times between 1956 and 1960, scoring in all five games, and with seven goals along with Puskas, he became the top scorer in the Champions League. He left the club in 1964 with 308 goals in 396 games, becoming Real Madrid's top scorer for many years, Until Raul and

Cristiano Ronaldo

broke his record. The legend left the club after 11 years, with the respect of all the people of Madrid.

He won 8 Primera Division titles, one Copa del Rey title, 5 European Cup titles, two Latin Cup titles, and one Intercontinental Cup title during his eleven years with the Whites.

His individual achievement as a Real Madrid player:

  • Pichichi Trophy (in 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1959)

  • Ballon d'Or (in 1957 and 1959)

  • European Cup top scorer (in 1958 and 1962)

  • Spanish Player of the Year (in 1957, 1959, 1960, and 1964)

Some football lovers consider him the greatest Real Madrid player of all time, and others believe that Ronaldo should be at the top of the list of

best Real Madrid players of all time

. According to SportMob's list of the

all-time greatest Real Madrid players

, Di Stefano is the best Real Madrid player ever, due to the more trophies he has won during his time with the Whites.

Stay with us to introduce other best footballers in the history of Real Madrid.

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Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Nation:

    Portugal

  • Date of Birth:

    05.02.1985

Seasons as a Whites' player:

9

Undoubtedly Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best strikers of the 21st century. The star of these days of football world joined the Whites in 2009, and with Kaka, they formed one of the best attacking partnerships in the world at the time, made Real Madrid's situation a little better. He reached Raul's goal scoring record in 2015 and currently is the Real Madrid top scorer of all time, with 451 goals during his spell with the Whites. Although he has been successful in all seasons during his time at Real, his best season can be considered the 2016-2017 season.

The star won two La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, two UEFA Super Cup titles, and three FIFA Club World Cup titles during his time with the Whites.

His individual achievement as a Real Madrid player: 

  • FIFA Ballon d'Or (in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017)

  • The Best FIFA Men's Player: (in 2016 and 2017)

  • UEFA Best Player in Europe Award (in 2014, 2016, and 2017)

  • European Golden Shoe (in 2011, 2014, and 2015)

Unfortunately, Cristiano Ronaldo, who is one of the

best Real Madrid players of all time

, left the team without any celebration due to his clash with Florentino Perez, the president of Real Madrid.

The striker, who is one of the

best Real Madrid players ever

, said about his separation from Real Madrid: “I felt it inside the club, especially from the president, that they no longer considered me the same way that they did at the start. In the first four or five years there, I had the feeling of being ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’. Less afterward. The president looked at me through eyes that did not want to say the same thing, as if I was no longer indispensable to them if you know what I mean."

Finally, Ronaldo, Real Madrid top scorer of all time, left the Whites in 2018 and joined

Juventus

.

Paco Gento

  • Nation:

    Spain

  • Date of Birth:

    10. 21. 1933

  • Seasons as a Whites' player:

    18

Next on our list of

best Real Madrid players of all time

is Paco Gento, who has played 18 seasons for the Whites. In 1953 he joined Real Madrid, alongside Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas, formed one of the most memorable attacking lines in Real Madrid history.

The legend said about the Real Madrid team at that time: " When you have talents like Raymond Kopa, Ferenc Puskas, and Alfredo di Stefano, you have to put them all in the team and as a result, we were very attack-minded. We had so many great players on that team. It is not surprising we won so many European Cups."

The legend, one of the

best Real Madrid footballers of all time

, holds the record for the most La Liga titles with 12 titles as well as two Copa del Rey titles, six European Cup titles, one Intercontinental Cup titles, and two Latin Cup titles. The closest person to him in terms of La Liga's title is Lionel Messi, with ten titles. He has made eight appearances in the Champions League final, setting a record with the Rossoneri legend Paolo Maldini.

His individual achievement as a Real Madrid player:

  • World Soccer World XI (in 1960, 1961, and 1962)

  • Golden Foot Legends Award (in 2004)

Finally, in 1971, he retired after 18 years, scoring 182 goals during his spell in Real Madrid.

Ferenc Puskas

  • Date of Birth:

    02.04.1927

  • Seasons as a Whites' player:

    9

Nation:

Hungry

 

According to SportMob's list of the best Real Madrid players of all time

Hungarian Ferenc Puskas is in fourth place. At the 1954 World Cup in

Switzerland

, a player was introduced to the world whose name will forever remain in the history of world football. In that World Cup, the legend won the award for the best player of the cup.

In 1958 great Puskas, who is one of the

best players in Real Madrid history

, joined the Whites, and during nine years, he has netted 242 times, making him one of the Real Madrid top scorers of all time. The legend set another record by scoring four hat-tricks in one season in La Liga.

Ferenc Puskas, the best Real Madrid players ever, won five La Liga titles, one FA Cup title, three European Cups titles during his spell.

Sir Alex Ferguson, former

Manchester United

coach, said about Puskas: “He was a special player in his day without question. How that Hungary team didn’t win the 1954 World Cup is beyond me?”

His individual achievement as a Real Madrid player:

  • Pichichi Trophy (in 1960, 1961, 1963, and 1964)

  • European Cup top scorer (in 1960 and 1964)

In 2009 FIFA introduced the FIFA Puskas Award in his honor. Puskas Award is given to the most beautiful goal over the year.

Unfortunately, the legend passed away on 17 November 2006 at the age of 79.

Zinedine Zidane

  • Nation:

    France

  • Date of Birth:

    06.23.1972

Seasons as a Whites' player:

5

Next on our list of best Real Madrid players of all time is Zizou, who is who was very popular among Real Madrid fans. Zizou, who was one of the most expensive players in football history, achieved all the football honors during his career as a football player.

Famous French star left the Juventus in 2001 and joined the whites, becoming one of the best Real Madrid footballers of all time.

He scored Real Madrid's winning goal in the 2002 Champions League final and, along with Ronaldo, is one of the two players to win the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times.

Many great players admire Zidane's skills, including 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

, a Swedish football player. He said: “When Zidane stepped onto the pitch, the ten other guys just got suddenly better. It is that simple; it was magic; he was a unique player. He was more than good; he came from another planet. His team-mates became like him when he was on the pitch.”

Also, Alfredo di Stefano, who is one of the best players in Real Madrid history, said about the French star: “He dominates the ball, he is a walking spectacle, and he plays as if he had silk gloves on each foot. He makes it worthwhile going to the stadium — he is one of the best I have ever seen."

Zizou won one La Liga title, two Supercopa de Espana titles, one UEFA Champions League title, as well as one UEFA Super Cup title for five years with Real Madrid.

His individual achievement as a Real Madrid player: 

  • FIFA World Player of the Year (in 2003)

  • UEFA Team of the Year (in 2002 and 2003)

  • IFFHS World's Best Playmaker (in 2006)

The legend announced his retirement in 2006 and, after that, started his coaching career. He is currently the head coach of Real Madrid, but many football lovers believe that the French legend was more successful during playing career than his coaching career.

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Raul

  • Nation:

    Spain

  • Date of Birth:

    27.06.1977

  • Seasons as a Whites' player:

    16

In our list of best Real Madrid players of all time, Raul, the role model of many young players, is in sixth place.

Raul, who was named the most loyal player in the history of the Whites, joined Real Madrid in 1994 and spent 16 seasons with Real Madrid, scoring 323 goals for the team, becoming one of the Real Madrid top scorers of all time.

The legend has won three European Cups titles, two Intercontinental Cups titles, one European Super Cup titles, six La Liga titles, and four Spanish Super Cup titles during his spell at Real Madrid.

His individual achievement as a Real Madrid player:

  • La Liga's Best Spanish Player: (in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002)

  • Pichichi Trophy: (in 1999 and 2001)

  • UEFA Champions League top goalscorer: (in 2000 and 2001)

Raul, who scored in two finals, left the Whites in 2010 and joined

Schalke 04

. Like Ronaldo, he left Real Madrid due to a clash with Florentino Perez. The retired footballer said about his separation from Real Madrid: “Leaving Real Madrid wasn't easy for me, and nor was it easy for the club, but by the time I had made my decision and it had happened, it was already summer." He continued: "I have had the feeling [for a while] that this is the time to move on. I have worn the Real Madrid shirt for many years. I'm 33 now and it is time for some younger and stronger players to come in."

Iker Casillas

  • Nation:

    Spain

  • Date of Birth:

    05.20.1981

  • Seasons as a Whites' player:

    16 (Real Madrid senior squad)

According to SportMob's list of the best Real Madrid players of all time, great Iker Casillas is in seventh place. Undoubtedly, Casillas, along with Buffon, is one of the best goalkeepers of the 21st century.

The legend has worn a Real Madrid shirt 510 times, becoming one of the all-time greatest Real Madrid players.

Casillas won six La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey titles, three UEFA Champions League titles, and one FIFA Club World Cup title during his spell as a Real Madrid player.

His individual achievement as a Real Madrid player:

  • La Liga Best Goalkeeper: (in 2009 and 2012)

  • IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper: (in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012)

Finally, the legend left Real Madrid in tears in 2015 and joined

Porto

. He also left Real Madrid due to a clash with Florentino Perez and a series of injuries in his last season with the Whites. The retired goalkeeper said: "There was a spell when I was getting a lot of criticism, and I needed time away from that." He continued: "I’m happy now, and it shows on my face. "It was a tough move, but for me, this is a new experience with renewed feelings of excitement." "The situation at Madrid was not the best; I was always the focus of attention, be it positive or negative, and I needed space to breathe."

 

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