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Best Real Madrid midfielders of all time

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Like many other big clubs, Real Madrid has had many outstanding midfielders from the beginning of its establishment until today. In the following article, we are going to take a look at the best ever Real Madrid midfielders.

Undoubtedly one of the most famous clubs in the world is

Real Madrid

, which was founded in 1902. If we take a look at the history of this club, we come across the names of great players who have played in various positions for this team.

The Spanish giants have won 34 La Liga titles, Copa del Ray title on 19 occasions, Supercopa de Espana title 11 times, UEFA Champions League title 13 times, as well as FIFA Club World Cup title 4 times throughout their history.

The Whites have always had great players like Zidane, Alonso, and

Tony Kroos

in the position of midfielder, which is one of the principal positions in the football team. In the following article we are going to let you know about

best Real Madrid midfielders of all time.

All-time best midfielders at Real Madrid

Let's take a look at the list of best Real Madrid midfielders of all time, that starts with Zinedine Zidane, the current coach of this team.

Zinedine Zidane

  • Nation:

    France

  • Date of Birth:

    23 June 1972

Seasons as a Whites' player:

5

Zinedine Zidane, a French icon, is regarded as one of the

all-time best Real Madrid Midfielders

. The legend, who is known as Zizou, joined

Juventus

in 1996, and with this Italian team, he won the Serie A title twice. "He is a special player. He creates space where there is none. No matter where he gets the ball or how it comes to him, he can get out of trouble. His imagination and technique are amazing." Edgar Davids, Zizou's ex-team-mate, said about the legend's ability. After five successful seasons with La Vecchia Signora, the popular midfielder joined Real Madrid for €75 million in 2001. "Technically, I think he is the king of what's fundamental in the game – control and passing. I don't think anyone can match him when it comes to controlling or receiving the ball." Michel Platini said about Zizou.

The retired footballer has won La Liga title one time, Supercopa de Espana on two occasions, one UEFA Champions League title, UEFA Super Cup title one time, as well as one Intercontinental Cup title during his spell with the Whites.

Alfredo Di Stefano said about Zidane's style of playing: "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's one of the best I have ever seen."

Zidane, who is one of the

best Real Madrid midfielders ever

, scored 37 goals and 51 assists in 155 appearances that he has made for Real Madrid.

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Jose Pirri

  • Nation:

    Spain

  • Date of Birth:

    11 March 1945

  • Seasons as a Whites' player:

    16

According to SportMob's list of the

best Real Madrid midfielders of all time,

Jose Pirri is in second place. In 1964 when the midfielder was 19-year-old joined Real Madrid and won 10 La Liga titles, Copa del Rey title four times as well as European Cup title one time during his spell in Real Madrid. The legend won 15 trophies in his 16 years serving for the Whites, from 1964 to 1980. Although Jose Pirri was a midfielder, he had high abilities in attack and defense.

The legend, who is one of the best Real Madrid midfielders ever, scored 172 in 561 appearances that he has made for the Whites.

Ignacio Zoco

  • Nation:

    Spain

  • Date of Birth:

    July 31, 1939

  • Seasons as a Whites' player:

    12

Next on our list of

best Real Madrid midfielders of all time

is Ignacio Zoco, who joined Real Madrid in 1962. After the retirement of Puskas and Di Stefano, he joined the Whites to contribute Real Madrid's success with his high skills.

The tall midfielder played alongside Vicente del Bosque and Pirri and was the captain of the young team at that time. The legend won ten trophies including, the La Liga title 7 times, two Copa del Generalisimo titles, as well as European Cup title one time. The Spain midfielder played for the whites from 1962 to 1974, scoring 16 goals in 438 appearances that he has made for Real Madrid.

Ignacio Zoco, who is one of the

greatest Real Madrid midfielders of all time

, passed away on September 28, 2015 in Madrid.

Raymond Kopa

  • Nation:

    France

  • Date of Birth:

    October 13, 1931

Seasons as a Whites' player:

3

According to SportMob's list of the best Real Madrid midfielders of all time, Raymond Kopa is in fourth place. The legend, who was known for his dribbling skill, joined the Whites in 1956 and won La Liga title two times, three European Cup titles, as well as one Latin Cup title during his spell in Real Madrid.

The France-born midfielder, who is known as a little Napoleon, scored 30 goals in 101 appearances that he has made for the Spanish club. The legend, who is one of the greatest Real Madrid midfielders of all time, along with Puskas and Di Stefano, formed one of the best teams in the history of Real Madrid.

The French midfielder has won three consecutive European Cups during his three years from 1956 to 1969 at Real Madrid.

Unfortunately, Raymond Kopa, who is one of the

all-time best midfielders at Real Madrid

, passed away in March 2017.

Luka Modric

  • Nation:

    Croatia

  • Date of Birth:

    September 9, 1985

  • Seasons as a Whites' player:

    9/current

As the next midfielder in our list of best Real Madrid midfielders of all time,

Luka Modric

is in fifth place. Widely known as a Cruyff of the Balkan, Luka Modric left

Tottenham

in 2012 and joined Real Madrid for £30 million, making him one of the highest-paid players at that time. "I spent four great years there with a lot of emotions, with a lot of love from the club and the fans. I enjoyed every moment with Tottenham. But in one moment, you feel you need to take a step forward, to go to a higher level. I think it was the right time for me to go, but I will always be thankful to Tottenham for everything they did for me. I became a better player there, and they pushed me to this level where I am at the moment," said Modric.

In his first season at Real Madrid, which concurred with the last season of Jose Mourinho as a coach of the Whites, Modric just warmed the benches. But upon the arrival of the Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti, everything worked out in Luka's favor, becoming one of the

best Real Madrid Midfielders ever

“All I dreamed of when I became a footballer was to play for a club as big as Real Madrid. It is maybe the most famous and best club in the history of football,” said Luka about Real Madrid.

The Zadar-born midfielder has won La Liga title twice, one Copa del Rey title, Supercopa de Espana on three occasions, UEFA Champions League title four times, UEFA Super Cup title on three occasions as well as FIFA Club World Cup title three times. 

The current Real Madrid midfielder, who is one of the all-time best Real Madrid midfielders, has scored 11 goals in 213 appearances that he has made for the Los Blancos.

Toni Kroos

  • Nation:

    Germany

  • Date of Birth:

    January 4, 1990

  • Seasons as a Whites' player:

    7/current

According to SportMob's list of the best Real Madrid midfielders of all time, Toni Kroos is in sixth place. The German boy made his debut for

Bayern Munich

in 2007 when he was 17. He then joined

Bayer Leverkusen

on loan and rejoined Bayern Munich after 18 months. The midfielder, who is one of the

best ever Real Madrid midfielders

, joined the Los Blancos in 2014 for €30 million. "The Spanish league has better individual players than the German league. However, in Germany, there are more teams that are uncomfortable to play against because they are more aggressive than teams in Spain," said Kroos.

A tall midfielder, Toni Kroos, has won La Liga title twice, Supercopa de Espana on two occasions, three UEFA Champions League titles, UEFA Super Cup title two times as well as FIFA Club World Cup title four times.

"How Toni distributes the ball, how he receives it, is very good. He's technically excellent ... He has made progress in the last few matches, I'm extremely satisfied with the player," said Joachim Low.

The 30-year-old midfielder, who is one of the all-time best Real Madrid midfielders, scored 19 goals in 284 appearances that he has made for the Whites.

Clarence Seedorf

  • Nation:

    Paramaribo, Suriname

  • Date of Birth:

    April 1, 1976

Seasons as a Whites' player:

4

Widely known as a professor, Clarence Seedorf, joined the Los Blancos in 1996 for £7.74 million. The powerful midfielder, who is one of the best Real Madrid midfielders of all time, was almost always one of the key players in the first three seasons as a Real Madrid player.

In the first season, he helped Real Madrid win the La Liga title; in the second season, the 1997-98 season, he played a key role in the Whites' Champions League victory over Juventus, which was also the second title of the Seedorf Champions League.

"I'm not Zidane and not Rui Costa, but I have qualities - I can create assists - but I have to step up a level to become like those two," said Seedorf.

 The retired midfielder won the La Liga title one time, Supercopa de Espana on one occasion, one UEFA Champions League title, as well as the Intercontinental Cup title once.

Seedorf, who won UEFA Champions League with three different clubs, netted 20 times in 159 appearances that he has made for the Whites from 1996 to 1999.

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Fernando Redondo

  • Nation:

    Argentina

  • Date of Birth:

    June 6, 1969

Seasons as a Whites' player:

6

Next on our list of best Real Madrid midfielders of all time is Fernando Redondo, who joined the Whites for £3.5 million in 1994. Redondo spent his golden years at Real Madrid and won La Liga title twice, two UEFA Champions League titles, as well as one Intercontinental Cup title.

“I was fascinated by him. He is tactically perfect,” said Capello. The creative midfielder, known as the Prince, scored 5 goals in 225 appearances that he has made for the Whites.

He left the club in 2000 when Florentino Perez became president of Real Madrid and joined AC Milan. After his departure, Real Madrid fans protested outside the stadium.

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Xabi Alonso

  • Nation:

    Spain

  • Date of Birth:

    November 25, 1981

Seasons as a Whites' player:

6

Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso is another outstanding midfielder on the list of best Real Madrid midfielders of all time.

In 2009 the midfielder left Liverpool and joined the Whites for £30 million. “It was clear Alonso was royalty after our first training session together in August 2004. He was, by some distance, the best central midfielder I ever played alongside. If, totally hypothetically, I was going to become Liverpool manager one day. I know who I’d love to have as my assistant: Xabi Alonso or Jamie Carragher,” said Steven Gerrard.

A technical midfielder in his six-year spell won one La Liga title, Copa del Rey title two times, Supercopa de Espana on one occasion, as well as one UEFA Champions League title.

Alonso, who joined Real at the same time as Ronaldo and Kaka, scored six goals in 236 appearances that he has made for the whites.

“Xabi Alonso is like a metronome, a player in the style of Xavi Hernández. I’m sure that when he hangs his boots up, he’ll be a great coach. He reminds me of Pep Guardiola when he was a player: He already acts like a coach when he is on the field,” said Jose Mourinho.

The Spain midfielder, who is one of the greatest Real Madrid midfielders of all time, left the Whites in 2014 and joined Bayern Munich. In 2017 he announced his retirement and currently is a Real Sociedad B coach.

That was the SportMob's list of the best Real Madrid midfielders of all time. What other midfielder do you think has to be added to this list? Comment us your views

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