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Best Real Madrid forwards of all time

Sat 28 November 2020 | 8:30

In football, the way that gives your team the lead and makes you the winner is scoring goals. Goal scoring is the forwards and striker's most important job. They have the responsibility to turn the chances created into goals. Here, we want to list the Best Real Madrid forwards of all time.

Known as one of the most decorated and successful clubs in the world of football, Real Madrid holds the record for most Laliga and most European Cup/UEFA Champions League wins. Interesting! Isn't it? First let's check Real Madrid all time achievements.

The team's all-time achievements include:

Domestic

:

  • Thirty-four La Liga titles

  • Nineteen Copa del Rey

  • Eleven Supercopa de España

  • One Copa Eva Duarte

  • One Copa de la Liga

International

:

  • Thirteen European Cup/UEFA Champions League titles

  • Two UEFA Cups

  • Four UEFA Super Cups

  • Four  FIFA Club World Cup

  • Three Intercontinental Cup

Los Blancos also have a record seven club world championships.

The club was founded on 6 March 1902 as Madrid Football Club. The term Real which means Royal in Spanish was bestowed to the club by the former king of Spain, Alfonso XIII.Since then, the club has established itself to be one of the most widely supported teams in the world.

Through the years, many football stars were born or continued their reign in  Santiago Bernabéu, one of which kind were the capable forwards. It's very clear that without the good players the club would never be what it is today. The amazing strikers were no exception. So in this article, in honor of these players, we want to review the

Best Real Madrid forwards ever

. The footballers, who dominated the team's opponent with their lethal abilities and techniques.

Who are the Real Madrid best forwards ever?

So here is the list. It should be stated that the list has no particular order. Tune in and Enjoy.

Gareth Bale

The Welsh footballer Gareth Bale recently returned to his old club

Tottenham Hotspur

and, he seems happy than ever! But we can't forget about some solid performances that he gave during his 7-year spell with Los Blancos.Even in his first season in  2013–14, he helped the Whites a lot. Scoring in both Copa del Rey and Champions League finals which, Madrid won both of them.His goal against Barcelona in Copa del Rey's final was probably one of the best goals of the year and showed his tremendous speed.In total, Bale won four Champions League titles, two

LaLiga

titles, two UEFA Super Cups, and one Copa del Rey.

Generally, Bale at his peak was a quick, strong winger with heading accuracy, the capability to make attacking runs, and pace who has been also used as s  striker or center forward. His swerving free kicks and long-range shots are well-known as well. Bale's main problem in his last season was dealing with injuries which limited him a lot. Hope he gets better in Tottenham and enjoys what he does.

Hugo Sánchez

Former Mexican-born striker is the second footballer in the list of the

Best Real Madrid forwards of all time

. He had a seven-year spell with the Vikings. He also played with several Mexican clubs and he had stints at American, and Austrian teams as well. 

Considered the greatest Mexican footballer of all time, he scored around 540 goals thorough his whole career which places him among the top scorers in some categories including LaLiga's fourth all-time top scorer, and its third-highest scoring foreign player and, Los Blanco's seventh top scorer.

He was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players in 2004 and we can state boldly that he is the best player in the North American region and CONCACAF.He began his road to be among the

Real Madrid best forwards ever

in 1985 when he left the Whites old rivals Atlético Madrid and joined the Vikings On 15 July 1985.

Sánchez was an athletic, quick, intelligent, and mobile center forward with movement and solid skills who scored 164 goals in 204 matches for Madrid.

Fernando Morientes

The Spanish striker Fernando Morientes Sánchez played for various clubs in different leagues including, LaLiga, Ligue 1, and Premier League. His spell at Madrid lasted eight years and, it's worth mentioning that the team for which he played the longest was Los Blancos.

He represented the Whites over 189 times from 1997 till 2005, netting 72 times. Forming a great partnership with former captain Raul, he was an important part of the squad that won three

UEFA Champions League

titles and two LaLiga titles.

Befoe his Real Madrid stint, he was playing for Albacete and then Zaragoza from 1993 to 1997, appearing  22 and 66 times in order for Albacete and then Zaragoza.Then in the summer of 1997, he joined the first team and in his debut season, he succeeded to score 12 goals within 33 games.

Having an accurate header and shoots, he was a solid fast finisher and a  creative mind who established himself as one of the

Best ever Real Madrid strikers

, with his hard work and abilities.HE was also known for his free-kicks accuracy.

With the arrival of Ronaldo(Brazillian) his appearances with the team decreased and soon he was loaned to Monaco in 2003 and when he came back he just participated in 13 matches as a substitute. Soon after in January 2005, the Premier League club Liverpool signed him for a transfer fee of €9.3 million.

Francisco Gento

Francisco Gento López played as an outside left forward or a left-winger for  Real Madrid from 1953 till 1971. He almost spent all of his professional careers with the Vikings. He just had a one-year stint with Racing Santander making only 10 appearances.

The whites number 11 shirt, won numerous trophies with the club one of which we can mention his six European Cup final. This is the record for the most European Cup/Champions League wins of all time. With appearing in eight European Cup finals, he also has the record for the most appearances in the European Cup finals. Francisco Gento all-time honors with Los Blancos are included:

  • La Liga title:

    12 times

  • Copa del Rey title

    :2 times

  • European Cup title

    :6 times

  • Latin Cup title

    : 2 times

  • Intercontinental Cup title

    :1 time

  • Small Club World Cup title

    :1 times

As one of the Best Real Madrid forwards of all time, he was a prolific technical footballer with extreme speed, great vision capable of both scoring and providing assists for his teammates. This creative and skillful winger was a lethal player for his opponents and when he was teamed up with other great individuals like  Raymond Kopa, Alfredo Di Stéfano, and Ferenc Puskas , the team became and undeafeted force.

Ronaldo

Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima is the only Brazillian footballer whose name is in the list of the

All-time Best Real Madrid forwards

. He is the Worldcup's second-highest top scorer with a total of 15 goals.

Ronaldo has numerous individual honors, for example we can mention Ballon d'Or, the Golden Shoe, the Golden Ball, and the silver ball. As one of the greatest players of all time, he was inducted in several halls of fame and now continues his career as the president of La Liga club Real Valladolid.

Born on 18 September 1976 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil he started his professional career at the age of 17 and made his debut for Brazil in a friendly match in Recife against Argentina on 23 March 1994. Meanwhile, he went to play for several clubs including Cruzeiro, Inter Milan, PSV, Barcelona, and then in 2002 he joined the Withes and broke all records with a €46 million transfer fee.He didn't stay much at Madrid and he suffered from a knee injury as well. Nevertheless, he scored 83 goals within his 127 appearances with Los Blancos.

His vision, passing, crossing ability, techniques, or in total, greatness gave him so many honors one of which is being among the Best Real Madrid forwards of all time.

Ferenc Puskas

Hungarian former manager and footballer Ferenc Puskás played with the Vikings from the late 50s till the late 60s. He was one of the key factors in Madrid's Team which dominated the 50s alongside Francisco Gento, Raymond Kopa, and Alfredo Di Stéfano.

Before he joined Los Blancos he was at Budapest Honvéd, a Hungarian club where he made 350 appearances, netting 358 times for Kispest during a 13-year spell. It is worth mentioning that he won five Hungarian top division League titles with Budapest and also declared as the Hungarian top scorer four times.

Then finally in 1958, he joined real Madrid after clubs like Juventus, Milan, and Man United refused to sign him due to a two-year ban from UEFA for refusing to return to Budapest and also his age.Despite being a 31 old footballer, he began his Madrid stint very well, scoring a hat trick in his second game. In his first season, he scored 3 more hat tricks and became LaLiga's 1958-59 season's second top scorer.

Within his period with Los Blancos, he scored 156 times and won the Pichichi, which is awarded to Laliga's every season's top scorer, four times. After representing the Vikings 180 times, he retired in 1966 after winning three European Cups, five Laliga titles, and the Spanish Cup once. He also capped for Spain and Hungary national teams a total of 89 times. Sadly, he passed away on 17 November 2006 aged 79.

Raúl

On the continuation of the

Best Real Madrid forwards of all time

list, we have the Withes former captain Raúl González Blanco. Regarded as one of the key players in history, he scored 323 goals within his 16-year Madrid spell which earns him the second place in Real Madrid's all-time goalscorers list. Speaking of being amongst the top scores, Raúl is also the fifth goalscorer in La Liga's history plus being the highest Spanish scorer in European leagues which contain his goals at Bundesliga's Schalke as well.

In 1999, IFFHS named him as the best striker in the world and was mentioned in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players in 2004. He became very close to receiving the 2001 Ballon d'Or but lost it to Liverpool's Michael Owen.He began his journey with the Whites first team in 1994 after playing for Madrid's youth team, C team, and B team from 1992.

Despite being a goal-scoring center-forward or a supporting striker he was also very good at creating chances and assisting. His leadership and discipline made him a great captain and in total one of the

Best forwards in Real Madrid history

. He eventually left Madrid in 2010 and joined Schalke 04. He retired in 2015 after playing a season with New York Cosmos.

Karim Benzema

Los Blanco's current striker Karim Benzema is playing his 12th year there. He has been with Madrid since 2009 and established himself as one of the Best Real Madrid forwards of all time.

He has been named French Player of the Year three times and has given us some great performances within his Madrid spell, winning three La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, four UEFA Champions League titles, three UEFA Super Cup, and three FIFA Club World Cups with them.

Born on 19 December 1987 in Lyon, France, he started his youth career at his hometown club Bron Terraillon SC aged eight. During a match, where he scored two goals, against Lyon's youth team he attracted the club's attention.Then in 1997, he joined Lyon and after seven years he was promoted to the B team.Eventually, he was called up for the first team and made his debut on 15 January 2005 against Metz. Since then, he has played over 100 matches with Lyon winning four Ligue 1 titles.

Finally, On 9 July 2009, he joined the Whites making his league debut for Madrid on 29 August 2009, and began his journey to be among the

Best ever Real Madrid forwards

. Being skillful, capable, and agile with the ability to use both feet, justify his place on the list.

Santillana

Carlos Alonso González is a former Spanish striker who played for Los Blancos in the 1970s and 1980s. He was nicknamed Santillana because of his birthplace, Santillana del Mar, Spain.As one of the Best Real Madrid forwards of all time, he played 645 matches on Madrid's side and scored 289 times within those matches, placing him at Laliga all-time goalscorers.

Born on 23 August 1952, he started playing football in 1966 when he joined a youth team named Barreda, where he stayed four years and then began his senior career with

Racing Santander

in 1970.In  Racing Santander, he only played for one season, making 35 appearances and netting 16 times.

Eventually, in 1971, he joined the Whites scoring ten throughout in 34 matches in his first season. He went to play 17 La Liga seasons during his 17-year stint at Los Blancos which means he was present for every year he was staying at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.

Known for his amazing header he was an important individual there and is considered one of the

All-time Best Real Madrid strikers

. He won 15 trophies with them including nine Laliga titles, four Copa del Rey trophies, two consecutive UEFA Cups, and a Copa de la Liga.His retirement match came in the 1987–88 season against Real Valladolid. He retired at the age of 36 which shows his longevity.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Everybody knows who he is! The five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is definitely among the

Best Real Madrid strikers ever

. He is considered by some the greatest footballer in the world or of all time.The club's all-time top goalscorer has won La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey, and four UEFA Champions League titles. As one of the key factors in the club, he played an important role in The Whites' success and made a grand impact there.

Born on 5 February 1985 in Madeira, Portugal, he started football when he was seven years old. He played for an amateur team Andorinha for three years, then spent two years with Nacional. In 1997, he joined and played for the

Sporting CP

youth team till 2002, when he joined the B team and then the first team. In Sporting, he played as a traditional winger. After a year with the Lions, he set a record fee of £12.24 in the Premier League and joined Manchester United. After winning a champions league and three Premier Leagues in his seven-year spell for the Red Devils, he joined Los Blancos in 2009 for a world record transfer fee of  £80 million.

In Sporting and Manchester's first season, he played as a traditional wingerrenowned for his dribbling and tricks like flip-flap. After that, he played a more offensive role, and when he joined Madrid and his defensive duties became more limited. With his skills, dribbling, speed, accurate shooting and header, and so many other things, he earned his place among

Real Madrid's best forwards ever

. After 9 years of dominance, he left the Whites and joined Juventus in 2018.

Alfredo Di Stéfano

The last person in the list of

Best strikers in Real Madrid history

is the  Argentinian former coach and footballer, Alfredo Di Stéfano. He played for Real Madrid for 11 years but, he had spells in other clubs as well. Other teams in which Di Stéfano played are in order:

  • River Plate

    :66 appearances and 49 goals

  • Huracán

    (on loan):25 appearances and 10 goals

  • Millonarios

    :101 appearances and 90 goals

  • (Madrid spell)

  • Espanyol

    :47 appearances and 11 goals

He also played in three different national teams: Argentina, Spain, and Colombia.

In Madrid, he was teamed up with  Ferenc Puskás, Francisco Gento, both of them were also one of the Best Real Madrid forwards of all time, and Raymond Kopa.They were the great reason for Real's success in the 1950s including, five consecutive European Cups and reaching the final seven times. Some consider this team the greatest team of all time.

The two-time Ballon d'Or winner is currently LaLiga's sixth all-time goal scorer and speaking of goal scoring, he is the third-highest goalscorer in Real Madrid.Nicknamed "the Blond Arrow" he was a  quick, powerful, and skillful striker who scored 216 goals in 282 games he played with the withe jersey.

He also coached several teams such as the Withesthemself, Valencia, Boca Juniors, Sporting CP, and so on.Unfortunately, this legend passed away on 5 July 2014 after a heart attack but one thing for sure, he will always be remembered.

So that was the list of

Best Real Madrid forwards of all time

. Hala Madrid!

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