51 Real Madrid Best Players of All Time

Andrew Kovacs

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51 Real Madrid Best Players

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol is one of the most successful and renowned professional football clubs in the world. Founded in 1902, Real Madrid has a long history of success both domestically and internationally with multiple La Liga titles, Champions League trophies, as well as other European competitions. The iconic white home kit has become synonymous with its players over the years such as Cristiano Ronaldo who have helped bring international fame to this club from Spain’s capital city of Madrid. With an impressive stadium that can hold more than 85 thousand people and a royal honorific title bestowed upon it by King Alfonso XIII back in 1920, Real Madrid remains today one of Europe’s elite teams that continues to strive for excellence year after year.

Table of Contents

1. Cristiano Ronaldo


Cristiano Ronaldo Career

  • 1992–1995: Andorinha
  • 1995–1997: Nacional
  • 1997–2002: Sporting CP
  • 2002–2003: Sporting CP B
  • 2002–2003: Sporting CP
  • 2003–2009: Manchester United
  • 2009–2018: Real Madrid
  • 2018–2021: Juventus
  • 2021–2022: Manchester United
  • 2023: Al Nassr
  • 2001: Portugal U15
  • 2001–2002: Portugal U17
  • 2003: Portugal U20
  • 2002–2003: Portugal U21
  • 2004: Portugal U23
  • 2003: Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest football players in history. He started his career at Sporting CP and went on to play for some of the biggest clubs in Europe, including Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Ronaldo led Portugal to victory at the 2018 World Cup, becoming the most successful player in their history. 

In 2017 he was named FIFA Player of the Year after scoring 32 goals in 36 appearances for the club and country that year.

Ronaldo has been married to Russian model Irina Shayk since 2009 and they have two children together - Cristiano Jr., who is nine years old, and Eva, who is seven years old. Ronaldo's net worth as of 2019 is estimated at $365 million dollars.

Cristiano Ronaldo is a world-renowned football player who has played for some of the biggest clubs in the world, such as Manchester United and Real Madrid.

He is one of Portugal's most successful athletes ever, having won numerous awards and medals including two UEFA European Championships. 

Ronaldo was born in Lisbon, Portugal on December 13th 1988 and began playing football at an early age with local club Farense FC. 

After impressing during his time at Farense, he moved to Sporting CP where he became one of Europe's top young talents before joining Manchester United in 2003 for £12 million (an American record).

At Manchester United, Ronaldo helped lead them to several Premier League titles and Champions League successes; however, his greatest achievements came when he led. 

Portugal to their first major international tournament victory since 1966 by winning the 2016 UEFA European Championship trophy with Real Madrid later that year. 

In 2018 Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus for a fee reported to be around €100 million (£89million), becoming the Italian champions' all-time leading goalscorer after netting 98 times in total throughout his career so far.

Breaking both Alessandro Del Piero’s record and scoring more goals than any other footballer in Serie A history.

In 2019 CR7 announced his retirement from professional football but will continue playing for Portuguese side Al Nassr until 2021 whilst also coaching youngsters within the club's academy system.

2. Iker Casillas


Iker Casillas Career

  • 1990–1998: Real Madrid
  • 1998–1999: Real Madrid C
  • 1999: Real Madrid B
  • 1999–2015: Real Madrid
  • 2015–2020: Porto
  • 1996: Spain U15
  • 1996–1998: Spain U16
  • 1997–1999: Spain U17
  • 1999: Spain U18
  • 1999: Spain U20
  • 1999–2000: Spain U21
  • 2000–2016: Spain

Iker Casillas is a world-renowned goalkeeper who has played for Real Madrid for the past 16 years. 

In 1996, Casillas made his international debut for Spain U15s and has since gone on to win over 60 caps, representing his country at various tournaments including Euro 2004 and the World Cup in 2014.

Known as one of the best goalkeepers in history, Casillas was honored with a prestigious Ballon d'Or award in 2009 and was also named Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year four times during his career with Porto. 

After retiring from football at the end of 2020, Casillas will continue to support Real Madrid both on and off the pitch.

Casillas is a world-renowned goalkeeper and captain of the Spanish club Real Madrid. He made his international debut in 1999 and has represented Spain at the FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championship, and Confederations Cup. 

Casillas also won the Champions League twice with Real Madrid before joining Barcelona in 2006 where he helped them win two La Liga titles.

In 2016 Casillas moved to America to play for LA Galaxy but retired from professional football after one season due to an injury sustained during pre-season training.

Also Played For: la liga, spain national football team

3. Alfredo Di Stéfano


Alfredo Di Stéfano Career

  • 1945–1949: River Plate
  • 1945–1946: Huracán (loan)
  • 1949–1953: Millonarios
  • 1953–1964: Real Madrid
  • 1964–1966: Espanyol
  • 1947: Argentina
  • 1957–1961: Spain
  • 1967–1968: Elche
  • 1969–1970: Boca Juniors
  • 1970–1974: Valencia
  • 1974: Sporting CP
  • 1975–1976: Rayo Vallecano
  • 1976–1977: Castellón
  • 1979–1980: Valencia
  • 1981–1982: River Plate
  • 1982–1984: Real Madrid
  • 1985: Boca Juniors
  • 1986–1988: Valencia
  • 1990–1991: Real Madrid

Di Stefano was an Argentine forward and attacking midfielder who played for River Plate, Real Madrid, Huracán, and Millonarios in his career. Di Stéfano won three consecutive European Cups with Real Madrid from 1955 to 1957 and also won the Intercontinental Cup in 1960.

He is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time and is often cited alongside Pele, Diego Maradona, and Lionel Messi as one of the best players ever to play the game. 

Di Stefano had lengthy injury-plagued final years of his playing career which led him to retire at age 43 in 1953.

After retirement, he became a coach with Real Madrid winning two more La Liga titles before retiring from coaching in 1998 after leading them to their tenth Champions League title victory that season aged 70 years old.

Making him both club's most successful manager and oldest winner of a major trophy/title (the UEFA European Championship).

He died on 7 July 2014 at the age of 88 after suffering heart failure following surgery complications arising from a stroke he suffered earlier that year; this made him Argentina's oldest living World Cup player when he passed away.

Di Stéfano was one of the greatest footballers of all time and is widely regarded as one of the best goalscorers in history.

He won numerous honors during his playing career, including five La Liga titles with Barcelona and Real Madrid, three European Cup crowns with Real Madrid, two Intercontinental Cups with club sides River Plate and Valencia, as well as a Copa América title with Argentina. 

Di Stéfano also had a lengthy managerial career which included spells at Elche, Boca Juniors and Valencia.

He led Sporting CP to their first-ever UEFA Champions League win in 1986 but resigned after just six months due to health concerns. In 2002 he was named Spanish Footballer of the Century by FIFA and received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2003. 

Di Stéfano died at the age of 82 on 5 January 2014 following a long battle against prostate cancer.

4. Karim Benzema


Karim Benzema Career

  • 1993–1996:AS Des Buers Villeurbanne
  • 1996–1997: Bron
  • 1997–2005: Lyon
  • 2004–2006: Lyon B
  • 2004–2009: Lyon
  • 2009: Real Madrid
  • 2004: France U17
  • 2004–2005: France U18
  • 2005–2006: France U19
  • 2006: France U21
  • 2007–2022: France

Karim Benzema is a French international footballer who plays as a striker for the Spanish club Real Madrid. He started his career at Lyon before joining Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2009.

Benzema has won numerous honors with Lyon, Spain, and France including the Ligue 1 title in 2006 and the Coupe de France twice (in 2004 and 2008). 

In 2011, he joined the Italian side Juventus on loan but returned to Real Madrid shortly after without scoring any goals.

After another unsuccessful spell at Juve, Benzema signed for Premier League outfit Chelsea FC in 2013 but was quickly shipped out on loan again to Real Sociedad where he scored 15 times in 34 appearances over two seasons.

Before returning to Chelsea permanently in 2015 where he spent three years until 2019 when he moved back to Real Madrid once more Karim Benzema is a French professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Real Madrid and the France national team.

Karim Benzema made his debut with Les Bleus in 2004 and has since represented his country at major tournaments including the World Cup and UEFA Euro Championship. 

Benzema's consistent performances have led to him being dubbed "the new Zinedine Zidane" by some media outlets, while he also enjoys a strong rivalry with fellow Frenchman Kylian Mbappé. 

Karim Benzema has won several honors during his international career, most notably winning the FIFA World Cup with France in 2022 where he scored one of the goals of the tournament against Croatia in their final match.

In 2019, Benzema was charged with tax fraud relating to income earned from image rights; however, this charge was later dropped after paying €44 million back into the state coffers over three years.

5. Sergio Ramos


Sergio Ramos Career

  • 1992–1996: Camas
  • 1996–2003: Sevilla
  • 2003–2004: Sevilla Atlético
  • 2004–2005: Sevilla
  • 2005–2021: Real Madrid
  • 2021: Paris Saint-Germain
  • 2002: Spain U16
  • 2003: Spain U17
  • 2004: Spain U19
  • 2004: Spain U21
  • 2005–2021: Spain

Ramos was born in Camas, Spain on March 30th, 1986. Ramos began his career with the local side Casa del Fútbol Camas before moving to Sevilla in 2003. 

After helping Sevilla win the UEFA Cup and Copa Del Rey in 2004 and 2005 respectively, Real Madrid signed him in 2006 for a then-world-record fee of £27 million.

Ramos has since made over 470 appearances for Los Merengues and is renowned as one of the finest defenders of his generation. 

He won two La Liga titles (2009–10, 2011–12) as well as the Copa Del Rey (2014), Supercopa de España (2011), Champions League (2013), Spanish Supercup (2012) and European Championship (2008).

In 2018 he captained Madrid to their tenth European crown – their fourth consecutive – beating Liverpool 3-1 on aggregate after playing an instrumental role throughout the competition.

This led to him being named both player of the year and captain of Europe's best team at the Ballon d'Or Awards ceremony later that month.

On July 1st 2019, it was announced that Ramos would join Paris Saint-Germain ahead of season 2020/21.

Also Played For: spanish fut, sevilla fc

6. Raúl


Raúl Career

  • 1987–1990 : San Cristóbal
  • 1990–1992 : Atlético Madrid
  • 1992–1994 : Real Madrid
  • 1994 : Real Madrid C
  • 1994 : Real Madrid B 1
  • 1994–2010 : Real Madrid
  • 2010–2012 : Schalke 04
  • 2012–2014 : Al Sadd
  • 2014–2015 : New York Cosmos
  • 1994 : Spain U18
  • 1995 : Spain U20
  • 1995–1996 : Spain U21
  • 1996 : Spain U23
  • 1996–2006 : Spain
  • 2018–2019 : Real Madrid (youth)
  • 2019– : Real Madrid B
  • 2020 : Real Madrid U19

Raúl González Blanco is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Real Madrid B. He was born in Madrid, Spain on 27 June 1977. Raúl began his career with San Cristóbal before joining Atlético Madrid in 1990.

After one season at Atlético, he joined Real Madrid and made his senior debut in 1994. Over the course of five seasons with Los Merengues, Raúl contributed 228 appearances and scored 66 goals (making him their second all-time top scorer).

In 2010, he moved to newly promoted Real Madrid C where he spent two seasons before retiring from playing professionally due to injury aged 33 years old Raúl is a Spanish international footballer who has played for Schalke 04, Al Sadd and the New York Cosmos.

Raúl has represented Spain at various youth levels up to the Under-21 level and helped his country to win the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2006. 

After impressing for Schalke 04's reserves, Raúl made his senior debut in 2002 and went on to score 66 goals over the next two seasons before joining Al Sadd in 2014.

In 2015, Raúl joined the newly formed New York Cosmos but left after one season due to personal reasons. Returning home to Spain later that year, Raúl rejoined Al Sadd where he currently plays as an aged player captain. 

Furthermore, during his time away from football, Raúl served as manager of Real Madrid B between 2018 and 2019 before being appointed manager of Real Madrid's youth team ahead of their 2020 campaign.

"I've always been very passionate about football," said 33-year oldRaúl."It was my favorite when I was a child so it’s great that I can still enjoy playing it even though I am no longer competing at a professional level."

Also Played For: fc schalke 04

7. Ferenc Puskás


Ferenc Puskás

Ferenc Puskás, who was born in Budapest in 1927, is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. He played for Honvéd and Real Madrid before making his international debut for Hungary in 1945.

After retiring from playing he went on to manage Panathinaikos and won two Greek league titles and three Greek Cups during his six-year tenure there. 

Ferenc Puskás died at the age of 79 after a long illness, leaving behind a legacy as one of the greatest footballers ever.

Ferenc Puskás was a Hungarian footballer who is considered one of the greatest players in history. 

He played for some of the most successful clubs in Europe and helped them win numerous championships. Puskás also holds the record for most goals scored in a single season, with 38 during the 1956-57 campaign.

Ferenc Puskás died at the age of 74 after a long battle with cancer.

Also Played For: hungary national football team

8. Zinedine Zidane


Zinedine Zidane Career

  • 1981–1982: AS Foresta
  • 1982–1983: US Saint-Henri
  • 1983–1986: SO Septèmes-les-Vallons
  • 1986–1990: Cannes
  • 1989–1992: Cannes
  • 1992–1996: Bordeaux
  • 1996–2001: Juventus
  • 2001–2006: Real Madrid
  • 1988–1989: France U17
  • 1989–1990: France U18
  • 1990–1994: France U21
  • 1994–2006: France
  • 2013–2014: Real Madrid (assistant)
  • 2014–2016: Real Madrid B
  • 2016–2018: Real Madrid
  • 2019–2021: Real Madrid

Zidane is one of the most decorated footballers of all time, with five Champions League titles, three La Liga titles and two Intercontinental Cups to his name.

He first came to prominence at Cannes, where he helped lead the club to Ligue 1 glory in 1989. Zidane then moved on to join Juventus, where he won four Serie A titles before joining Real Madrid in 2001.

In 2006, he left Madrid for a brief spell at Paris Saint-Germain before retiring from professional football later that year. Zidane made a return to coaching with Marseille in 2016–17 but was sacked after just six months due to poor results.

*Senior career includes matches played while manager of France Zinedine Zidane is a French football manager and former player. 

He most notably held the role of head coach of Real Madrid from 2001 to 2006, winning three La Liga titles, two UEFA Champions League trophies, one Copa del Rey title and one Spanish Super Cup during his time at the club.

Prior to taking over as head coach of Los Blancos, Zidane enjoyed a successful playing career with Lyon and Juventus FC where he won numerous honors including five league titles and four Italian Cups between 1992 and 1998 respectively. 

A hard-working midfielder who was known for his passing ability, Zidane made an impact in European competitions with France where he played at U17, U18s, and U21s levels before making his international debut in 1988 against Switzerland.

Over the course of his 108 appearances for Les Bleus, he helped lead them to victory at Euro 96 (the first ever European Championship) as well as reaching the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup which they eventually lost out on to Brazil after extra time. 

After retiring from playing full-time in 2006 following stints with Marseille FC and Atlético Madrid B (during which time he also managed both clubs), Zidane took up coaching duties with Valencia CF before moving on to become. 

Carlo Ancelotti's replacement at Real Madrid – guiding them back to domestic glory within just two seasons under his charge whilst also helping guide France through their victorious campaign at UEFA Euro 2016 later that year en route to becoming world champions once again.

9. Luka Modrić


Luka Modrić Career

  • 1996–2000: Zadar
  • 2000–2003: Dinamo Zagreb
  • 2003–2008: Dinamo Zagreb
  • 2003–2004: Zrinjski Mostar 
  • 2004–2005: Inter Zaprešić 
  • 2008–2012: Tottenham Hotspur
  • 2012: Real Madrid
  • 2001-2006: Croatia

Modrić is a Croatian footballer who plays for Real Madrid in La Liga. He has played for Dinamo Zagreb, Inter Zaprešić and Real Madrid.

 Modrić was born on September 9th, 1985 in Zadar, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia to a footballing family; his father Miodrag played professionally while his brother Dražen also played professional football.

After starting out with local side Zadar before joining Dinamo Zagreb in 2003 at the age of 18, he became one of the most consistent players in Croatia during their successful period domestically and abroad between 2003-2008 appearing 94 times and scoring 26 goals (including 24 league goals). 

In 2004 he joined Inter Zaprešić on loan where he made 16 appearances scoring 4 goals and helping them win the Croatian Cup that season which saw him named Player of The Tournament by UEFA as well as being voted into the Bundesliga Team Of The Year by German magazine Kicker.

On July 1st, 2008 it was announced that Modric had signed for Tottenham Hotspur after protracted negotiations with both clubs reaching an agreement late on deadline day.

Following interest from other Premier League sides including Chelsea and Manchester United but within weeks Spurs chairman Daniel Levy announced that they had re-signed Luka to a new long term deal making him one of London's most coveted players ever. 

During his two seasons at White Hart Lane playing 102 games and scoring 23 goals it was evident that there were few midfielders able to match up against him or create chances similarly whether it be Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, or Samir Nasri all conceding defeat when pitted against "The King".

Following Tottenham’s relegation from the Premier League during 2011–12 season rumors circulated linking Modric with moves away from north London although nothing came of these until January 2013.

When Spanish club Real Madrid confirmed their signing stating: “Luka will join us next summer pending international clearance” thus ending any speculation about his future. 

Since arriving at Real Madrid have completed a £ 27 million move on July 10th, 2014 (one week prior to what would have been contracting expiry). 

Los Blancos had an immediate impact winning back-to-back Champions League titles whilst also becoming La Liga champions for consecutive years. 

Something no team other than Barcelona had managed previously - cementing himself as arguably one. 

if not THE best midfielder Europe has ever seen currently holding multiple records such as Most Club Luka Modrić is a world-class midfield player who has been an integral part of some of the most successful clubs in Europe.

He started his career with his hometown club Tottenham Hotspur before joining Real Madrid in 2012. 

At the international level, he has represented Croatia at both the FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro Championship, where they have reached the latter stages on two occasions. 

Luka is married to supermodel Hanne Gaby Odiele and they have one child together. In 2017, he announced that he would be leaving Real Madrid after 14 seasons to take up a new role with Juventus FC.

10. Gareth Bale


Gareth Bale Career

  • 1999–2006: Southampton
  • 2006–2007: Southampton
  • 2007–2013: Tottenham Hotspur
  • 2013–2022: Real Madrid
  • 2020–2021: Tottenham Hotspur (loan)
  • 2022–2023: Los Angeles FC
  • 2005–2006: Wales U17
  • 2006: Wales U19
  • 2006–2008: Wales U21
  • 2006–2022: Wales

Gareth Bale is a Welsh international footballer who currently plays for Los Angeles FC in the United States. Gareth Bale was born on July 16, 1989, in Cardiff, Wales.

At just under 6 feet tall and weighing 131 pounds, he quickly established himself as one of the most talented young footballers in Europe and won numerous honors with clubs such as Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur.

Real Madrid, and Liverpool before joining Spanish giants Real Madrid for a world record fee of £85 million.

 In 2012, Bale played for England at the UEFA European Championship where they reached the final but were beaten by Spain. He has also represented Wales at various levels including Under-21s, and the full national team. 

Olympic Games World Cup qualifiers, and Euro 2016. Gareth Bale signed for American club Los Angeles FC ahead of their inaugural season in 2018 after completing an impressive season that saw him win both La Liga and Champions League with Real Madrid.

Also Played For: spurs premier league, tottenham hotspur f.c

11. Hugo Sánchez


Hugo Sánchez Career

  • 1976–1981 : UNAM
  • 1979–1980 : San Diego Sockers (loan)
  • 1981–1985 : Atlético Madrid
  • 1985–1992 : Real Madrid
  • 1992–1993 : América
  • 1993–1994 : Rayo Vallecano
  • 1994–1995 : Atlante
  • 1995–1996 : Linz 20
  • 1996 : Dallas Burn
  • 1997 : Atlético Celaya
  • 2000 : UNAM
  • 2000 : Mexico (interim)
  • 2001–2005 : UNAM
  • 2006 : Necaxa
  • 2006–2008 : Mexico
  • 2008 : Mexico U23
  • 2008–2009 : Almería
  • 2012 : Pachuca

Hugo Sánchez is a Mexican football forward who played for Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, and América. He started his career with UNAM before moving to Atlético Madrid in 1981.

After a spell at Rayo Vallecano, he joined America in 1994 but only made 11 appearances for the club. In 1995 he signed for Atlante where he retired from playing later that year.

Hugo Sánchez was part of the Mexico national team squad that won the 1986 World Cup and the 1990 Confederations Cup as well as finishing runner-up at both tournaments respectively.

He has also represented his country at two Olympic Games (1980 and 1984). 

Shortly after retiring from playing, Hugo Sánchez went into management with CD Tenerife in Spain's second-division championship season of 2007–2008. He currently works as an ambassador for Adidas.

Also Played For: club universidad nacional, mexico national football team

12. Ángel Di María


Ángel Di María Career

  • 1991–1992 : Torito
  • 1992–2005 : Rosario Central
  • 2005–2007: Rosario Central
  • 2007–2010 : Benfica
  • 2010–2014 : Real Madrid
  • 2014–2015 : Manchester United
  • 2015–2022 : Paris Saint-Germain
  • 2022 : Juventus
  • 2007 : Argentina U20
  • 2008 : Argentina U23
  • 2008 : Argentina

Di María is a world-class attacking midfielder who has played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe, including Real Madrid and Juventus. Di María was born in Rosario, Argentina in 1988 and started his career with Torito before joining Rosario Central in 2005.

Di maría joined Benfica in 2007 where he made 76 appearances over three seasons before moving to Real Madrid at the end of 2010. He spent two years in Madrid before signing for Juventus ahead of the 2016–17 season. 

As well as being an accomplished attacker, Di maría is also known for his crossing ability and set pieces which have helped him score goals both domestically and internationally throughout his career so far.

Having won numerous honors during his time playing football (including club titles with both Rosario Central and Benfica), Ángel Di María is currently plying his trade with Serie A side Juventus where he continues to be one of their most influential players on the pitch.

Also Played For: sl benfica, argentina national football team

13. Roberto Carlos


Roberto Carlos Career

  • 1988–1991: União São João
  • 1991–1992: União São João
  • 1993–1995: Palmeiras
  • 1995–1996: Inter Milan
  • 1996–2007: Real Madrid
  • 2007–2009: Fenerbahçe
  • 2010–2011: Corinthians
  • 2011–2012: Anzhi Makhachkala
  • 2015–2016: Delhi Dynamos
  • 1996: Brazil U23
  • 1992–2006: Brazil
  • 2012: Anzhi Makhachkala (coach)
  • 2013–2014: Sivasspor
  • 2015: Akhisarspor
  • 2015: Delhi Dynamos

Roberto Carlos is a Brazilian left-back who has played for Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Fenerbahçe. Roberto Carlos was born in Garça in 1973 and started his career with União São João before moving to Palmeiras and then Inter Milan.

Roberto Carlos won the Champions League twice while at Madrid – in 1998 and 2002 – as well as three La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys (Spanish Cup) medals, and four Spanish Super Cups. 

After leaving Madrid in 2009, Roberto Carlos joined Corinthians but he only stayed there for one season before returning to Europe with Anzhi Makhachkala the following year.

In 2013, after spells at Feirense (Portugal), Shanghai Shenhua FC (China), and Atlético Mineiro (Brazil), Roberto Carlos retired from professional football at the age of 38 due to injury problems sustained during his time on the pitch; however, he made a return later that year to play for Fluminense's reserves team.

As of February 2017, aged 49 years old, Roberto Carlos holds the record for most appearances by any player without having ever won any domestic honors in Brazil.

In December 2016 it was announced that he would be inducted into the Brazilian Football Federation Hall of Fame alongside Pele, Zico, Ronaldo, and Romário amongst others; this took place on 2 April 2017. 

Also Played For: brazil barcelona best football players

14. Marcelo Vieira


Marcelo Vieira Career

  • 2002–2005: Fluminense
  • 2005–2007: Fluminense
  • 2007–2022: Real Madrid
  • 2022–2023: Olympiacos
  • 2023: Fluminense
  • 2005: Brazil U17
  • 2007: Brazil U20
  • 2008: Brazil U23
  • 2012: Brazil Olympic (O.P.)
  • 2006–2018: Brazil

Marcelo Vieira is a Brazilian left-back who currently plays for Olympiacos in Greece. He started his career with Fluminense before joining Real Madrid in 2005.

Marcelo has played 386 times for Real Madrid, scoring 26 goals. Marcelo won the Golden Ball award at the 2018 World Cup as Brazil's best player of the tournament.

Marcelo is considered one of the world's best defenders and was named to FIFA's 30 Greatest Players of All Time list in 2017 Marcelo Vieira began his footballing career at Brazilian side São Paulo FC.

He went on to represent Brazil internationally and was part of the team that won the 2013 Confederations Cup. Marcelo also played a key role in helping Brazil win its first-ever Olympic gold medal in London in 2012.

In 2018, he announced his retirement from international football after 58 appearances for his country over six years. 

Marcelo is now concentrating on his coaching career, having taken up a position with Sao Paolo club Corinthians as assistant manager earlier this year.

Also Played For: olympiacos f.c

15. Casemiro


Casemiro Career

  • 2002–2010: São Paulo
  • 2010–2013: São Paulo
  • 2013:  Real Madrid Castilla (loan)
  • 2013: Real Madrid (loan)
  • 2013–2022: Real Madrid
  • 2014–2015: Porto (loan)
  • 2022: Manchester United
  • 2009: Brazil U17
  • 2011: Brazil U20
  • 2011: Brazil

Casemiro is a Brazilian defensive midfielder who has played for Manchester United since 2016. Casemiro started his career at São Paulo and made 92 appearances before joining Real Madrid in 2013 on a loan deal.

He was part of the team that won La Liga, Copa del Rey, and Champions League during his time at Madrid, before returning to United in 2018. 

Casimiro has also represented Brazil at various youth levels and was called up to their senior squad in 2017.

As a result of his impressive performances with both club and country, he has been named one of the world's best midfielders by several publications. 

With over 250 appearances under his belt, Casemiro is now looking forward to helping United win more trophies in the future Casemiro started his career at Porto and was loaned out to Manchester United in 2014.

He has since represented Brazil at several international tournaments, including the Copa América and FIFA U-20 World Cup. Casemiro is a commanding midfield presence who excels in controlling the tempo of games.

His calmness under pressure makes him an ideal captain for any team. With further honors likely forthcoming, Casemiro could soon be considered one of Brazil's greatest-ever footballers.

16. Pepe


Pepe Career

  • 2001–2002: Marítimo B
  • 2002–2004: Marítimo
  • 2004–2007: Porto
  • 2007–2017: Real Madrid
  • 2017–2019: Beşiktaş
  • 2019: Porto
  • 2007: Portugal

Pepe has been a regular member of Porto's starting XI since 2004 and was captain between 2014 and 2016. 

He made his international debut for Portugal in 2006 and played at the 2010 World Cup, Euro 2012, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Pepe is known for his strong defensive play as well as his accurate long-range shooting from set pieces. In 2017 he won both the Liga title with Porto and the Portuguese Supercup trophy after defeating Benfica on penalties in the final.

On 10 July 2018, Pepe announced that he would be retiring from professional football at age 39 following Porto's Champions League victory over Barcelona. 

After retirement, Pepe will take up a role with the Spanish club Atlético Madrid.[4] Pepe is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for the Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team.

Pepe has played for Porto, Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, and Real Madrid in Spain and Beşiktaş in Turkey. 

He won the UEFA European Championship with Portugal in 2016, as well as three La Liga titles (with Barcelona) and two Copa del Reys (with Real Madrid). 

In international football, he has represented his country at Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and 2014, Confederations Cup 2017 and 2019, as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign which culminated with a third-place finish behind France and Belgium.

Also Played For: portugal football team, european championship

17. Raphaël Varane


Raphaël Varane Career

  • 2000–2002: Hellemmes
  • 2002–2010: Lens
  • 2010–2011: Lens
  • 2011–2021: Real Madrid
  • 2021: Manchester United
  • 2010: France U18
  • 2012: France U20
  • 2011–2012: France U21
  • 2013–2022: France

Varane is a world-class central defender who has been capped by France at the youth level and senior levels. He joined Manchester United in January 2019, signing a five-year contract with the club.

Varane made his debut for Real Madrid in October 2011 against Racing Santander and went on to make 236 appearances for the La Liga side before moving to Manchester United in January 2019.

Varane is known for his powerful shot from distance as well as his temperament on the pitch, which has seen him labeled one of Europe's best defenders.

He was named Ligue 1 Player of the Year twice (2013–14, 2014–15) and helped lead Real Madrid to their tenth European Cup in May 2017 after beating Atlético Madrid 4–1 in the final held at Berlin’s Olympiastadion stadium.

Varane was also part of France’s team that won UEFA EURO 2016 where they reached the semi-finals before losing 2-1 to Portugal; he started all three matches. 

France’s campaign included their opening match against Romania which ended 0-0 but finished with two assists – one setting up Karim Benzema’s opener and another helping Antoine Griezmann score a late consolation goal.

Varane made 91 appearances for Les Bleus between U16 & U21 levels winning both tournaments he played in (the Toulon Tournament 2007 & 2009). In total he amassed 97 caps scoring 3 goals - all coming whilst playing at Lens.

Prior to joining United, Varane spent four seasons with French champions Paris Saint Germain where he won back-to-back titles (2012/13& 2013/14), Ligue 1 MVP awards (2013/14) Etc.

Being runner up once more behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic following PSG's victory over Monaco.

At the international level, Varane has appeared 79 times representing his country scoring 5 goals making him an integral member of Les Blues' defense.

Also Played For: rc lens, football manager 2022

18. Luís Figo


Luís Figo Career

  • 1989–1995: Sporting CP
  • 1995–2000: Barcelona
  • 2000–2005: Real Madrid
  • 2005–2009: Inter Milan
  • 1988–1989: Portugal U16
  • 1989: Portugal U17
  • 1988–1990: Portugal U18
  • 1990–1991: Portugal U20
  • 1991–1994: Portugal U21
  • 1991–2006: Portugal

Luís Figo is a Portuguese winger who played for Sporting CP, Barcelona and Real Madrid. He was part of the Portugal team that won the European Championship in 2004.

In 2009, he moved to Inter Milan where he retired at the end of his contract in 2014. Figo has been awarded several prestigious awards including five Ballon d'Or trophies, three La Liga titles and two Champions League crowns with Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.

In 2017, he announced his retirement from professional football after 18 years of playing at the top level in Europe Luís Figo is a Portuguese professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He began his career with Sporting CP and joined Barcelona in 1995 for £27 million.

After winning two La Liga titles and the Copa del Rey during his time at Barcelona, he moved to Real Madrid for £64 million in 2003. 

At the international level, Figo has represented Portugal at every age group from under-16s to the senior team since 1989, including UEFA Euro 2004 where they reached the semi-finals before losing to eventual champions Greece; and FIFA World Cup 2002 where he helped them reach the final stage where they lost 1–0 against Brazil.

On 26 January 2006, Figo announced his retirement from football due to persistent injuries.[1] In 2016 Luís Figo was appointed ambassador of UEFA's anti-racism task force. Born: Praia da Luz (Praia Da Luz), Lisbon (Portugal) on 24 October 1977 [age 42].  

Height: 1 m 83 cm Weight: 74 kg Athletic ability: Good dribbling speed Stamina: Excellent passing range Shooting technique:

 Decent left foot Tactics Skills Control Positioning DEFENDING MEMBER PLAYER TYPE Role Attacking Midfielder Club Teams Sporting CP FC Barcelona Real Madrid CF National Team Portugal Manchester United AC.

Also Played For: sporting cp

19. Emilio Butragueño


Emilio Butragueño Career

  • 1982–1984: Real Madrid B
  • 1984–1995: Real Madrid
  • 1995–1998: Celaya
  • 1983–1984: Spain U21
  • 1984: Spain amateur
  • 1985–1992: Spain

Emilio Butragueño is a Spanish striker who played for Real Madrid from 1982-1984. He scored 37 goals during his time at the club, which was good enough for 3rd in team scoring behind Raul and Fernando Hierro.

After leaving Madrid, Butragueño had a short spell with Racing Santander before joining Valencia CF in 1988 where he would remain until 1995. He then moved to Atlético de Madrid where he spent two seasons before retiring at the age of 36 due to injury problems.

Emilio Butragueño now works as an ambassador for various charities and governmental organizations around Spain Emilio Butragueño was a Spanish professional footballer who played as a midfielder. 

He started his career at Real Madrid, where he won three La Liga titles and one Copa del Rey title during his time there.

After leaving Los Blancos, Butragueño spent two seasons with Celaya before joining Valencia in 1998. In 2002, he moved to Atlético Madrid before retiring from playing later that year after helping the "Colchoneros" win their first-ever UEFA Champions League trophy. 

Emilio Butragueño also represented Spain at the international level and enjoyed considerable success internationally, reaching the semi-finals of the 1984 European Championship and earning a silver medal at the 1988 Olympic Games on home soil.

20. Amancio



Amancio Amaro Varela is an 83-year-old Spanish footballer who played for Deportivo La Coruña in the 1958-1962 season. Amancio made his professional debut with Victoria in 1954 and went on to play 92 matches for them before joining Deportivo La Coruña in 1958.

The outside right was Amancio's favored position and he scored 54 goals during his career, making him one of the club's most prolific scorers. After leaving Deportivo La Coruña, Amancio had a short spell at Real Betis before retiring from football in 1970. 

A devout Catholic, Amancio has since worked as a scout for Atlético Madrid and Sporting Gijón among other clubs.

Amancio was awarded Spain's highest sporting honor, the Order of Prince Henry II by King Juan Carlos I in 2010; this accolade recognized his contribution to Spanish football over several decades as both player and coach.

In 2014, he became president of the Galician Football Federation after previously being vice president between 2005–2010.

On 7 October 2017, it was announced that he would become honorary president of Athletic Bilbao following the resignation of Josua Urrutia due to health reasons. He currently resides near Bilbao with his wife Pilar and two children.

21. Toni Kroos


Toni Kroos Career

  • 1997–2002 Greifswalder SC
  • 2002–2006 Hansa Rostock
  • 2006–2007 Bayern Munich
  • 2007–2008 Bayern Munich
  • 2007–2014 Bayern Munich
  • 2009–2010  Bayer Leverkusen (loan)
  • 2014– Real Madrid 263
  • 2005–2007 Germany U17
  • 2009 Germany U19
  • 2008–2009 Germany U21
  • 2010–2021 Germany 106

Toni Kroos was born on 4 January 1990 in Greifswald, East Germany. He started his career at Greifswalder SC before moving to Hansa Rostock and then Bayern Munich.

In 2018, he joined Real Madrid and has since become a key player for the club. Toni Kroos is known for his strong passing ability and is considered one of the best midfielders in Europe today.

He has won several trophies with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid including two Champions Leagues (2012–13, 2013–14). Toni Kroos is married to Lena Klum and they have two children together: Kaija (born in 2009) and Luka (born in 2012).

Toni Kroos represented Germany at the youth level but switched allegiance to his native country of Croatia in 2011. As of 2019, Toni Kroos holds the record for most goals scored by an international midfielder with 38.

Also Played For: germany, laliga

22. Juanito



Juanito was a forward who played for Atlético Madrid in the 1970s and early 1980s. He was born in Fuengirola, Spain, in 1954 and died from a heart attack at the age of 37 years old in 1992.

Juanito made his debut with Atlético Madrid during the 1969-70 season and went on to make over 200 appearances for the club before retiring in 1984. In total, Juanito scored 47 goals during his career including 12 goals during his time at Atlético Madrid's main rivals Real Madrid.

After retiring from playing football, Juanito took up coaching positions with lower league clubs but he was most successful as manager of Racing Santander between 1989-91 where he led them to La Liga promotion status for the first time ever Juanito was a Spanish international who played for both the amateur and professional teams.

Juanito is best known for his time with Atlético Madrid, where he won two La Liga titles and one Copa del Rey. After leaving Atlético Madrid, Juanito managed clubs in Spain before moving to Mexico to manage Los Boliches in 1991. 

In 1992, he moved back to Spain to take over as manager of Mérida following the death of Jorge Valdano. However, after only six months in charge, Juanito was sacked due to poor results which saw Mérida bottom of their division at the time.

23. Iván Zamorano


Iván Zamorano Career

  • 1985–1988 : Cobresal
  • 1985–1986 : → Cobreandino
  • 1988–1990 : St. Gallen
  • 1990–1992 : Sevilla
  • 1992–1996 : Real Madrid
  • 1996–2001 : Inter Milan
  • 2001–2003 : América
  • 2003 : Colo-Colo
  • 2000 : Chile Olympic
  • 1987–2001 : Chile

Zamorano is a Chilean international footballer who played as a striker. He started his career with Cobresal in 1983 and later spent spells playing for St.

Gallen and Cobreandino on loan. Zamorano made 56 appearances for St. Gallen during his time at the club, scoring 34 goals in the process. He also featured for Chile at the senior level, appearing in 45 games and netting 22 times between 1985 and 1988.

After leaving Switzerland, Zamorano signed for Spanish side Racing Santander before retiring from football at the age of 33 due to injury concerns caused by concussions sustained during his earlier years as a professional player. 

Zamora now works as an ambassador for Concussion Australia and has spoken out about head injuries in sport to raise awareness amongst players and fans alike Iván Zamorano was a Chilean international footballer who played for Sevilla and Real Madrid.

He is best known in his homeland for his time at Colo-Colo, where he won 14 caps and scored 8 goals over three seasons. Zamorano represented Chile at the 2000 Olympic Games, helping them to fifth place in their group stage before being eliminated by Brazil in the quarterfinals. 

After failing to win any silverware during his first spell with Real Madrid, Zamorano enjoyed greater success with Inter Milan, winning back-to-back Champions League titles as well as Serie A crowns in 2001 and 2002.

In 2003, he rejoined Colo-Colo but retired from football shortly after due to injury problems.

Also Played For: chile national football team

24. Isco


Isco Career

  • 1997–1999: PDM Benalmádena
  • 1999–2006: Atlético Benamiel
  • 2006–2009: Valencia
  • 2009–2011: Valencia 
  • 2010–2011: Valencia
  • 2011–2013: Málaga
  • 2013–2022: Real Madrid
  • 2022: Sevilla
  • 2008: Spain U16
  • 2008–2009: Spain U17
  • 2010: Spain U18
  • 2010–2011: Spain U19
  • 2011: Spain U20
  • 2011–2014: Spain U21
  • 2012: Spain U23
  • 2013–2019: Spain

Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez is a Spanish attacking midfielder who plays for Real Madrid. Isco was born in Benalmádena, Spain on 21 April 1992 and started his career with PDM Benamiel before joining Valencia in 2006.

He made 69 appearances for Málaga before signing for Real Madrid in 2013 where he has since become an important part of the team's success, mainly as a creative force behind their attack. 

At the international level, Isco has represented Spain at under-19 and under-21 levels before making his senior debut against Macedonia in October 2009.

In June 2018, he helped Real Madrid win their eleventh UEFA Champions League title following a 4–1 victory over Atlético Madrid in the final game of the season Isco started his career at hometown club Malaga before moving to Real Madrid in 2008. 

He made his international debut for Spain in 2009 and has since been a regular starter for the national team.

Isco is known for his technically gifted play and excellent passing ability, which has helped him score goals both domestically and internationally. 

In 2018 he was named the best player of La Liga by ESPN FC, receiving praise for his performances with Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia over the previous two seasons. 

Isco is also a noted free-kick taker and has scored some memorable goals from distance during his career.

Also Played For: spain national under-21 football team, valencia cf

25. Francisco Gento

Francisco Gento

Francisco Gento was born on 21 October 1933 in Guarnizo, Spain. He played for SD Nueva Montaña, Unión Club Astillero and Rayo Cantabria before joining Real Madrid in 1957.

Gento won eight La Liga titles with Madrid between 1958 and 1966 and also helped the club to win the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1960 and the Copa del Rey in 1963. In 1967 Gento moved to Atlético Madrid where he spent two seasons before retiring at the age of 36.

After retirement from football, Gento worked as a coach at several clubs including Valencia CF, Racing Santander and Atlético de Madrid among others before his death aged 88 on 18 January 2022 Francisco Gento is a Spanish football legend who played for some of the best clubs in the world, including Real Madrid and Racing Santander.

He was one of Spain's most consistent goal scorers during his international career, tallying 43 goals over five years with Spain B and 55 goals overall representing Spain. 

After retiring as a player he managed several teams, including Castilla in his home country before taking charge of Granada and Cantabria abroad. Francisco Gento is widely considered to be one of the greatest strikers ever to play the game and will always be fondly remembered by fans around the world.

26. Fernando Hierro

Fernando Hierro Career

  • 1973–1978 : Vélez
  • 1979 : Málaga
  • 1980–1986 : Vélez
  • 1986–1987 : Valladolid B
  • 1987–1989 : Valladolid
  • 1989–2003 : Real Madrid
  • 2003–2004 : Al-Rayyan
  • 2004–2005 : Bolton Wanderers
  • 1989–1990 : Spain U21
  • 1989–2002 : Spain
  • 2014–2015 : Real Madrid (assistant)
  • 2016–2017 : Oviedo
  • 2018 : Spain

Fernando Hierro played for Vélez and Málaga as a defender before becoming Spain's manager in 2018. Hierro was appointed to replace Julen Lopetegui after the World Cup disaster.

He led Spain to the European Championships, but they were eliminated in the semi-finals by Portugal. In November, he resigned from his position and was replaced by Fernando Santos.

Hierro is married with two children and lives in Andalusia, southern Spain Fernando Hierro was born on May 12, 1969, in Valladolid, Spain. Fernando Hierro began his career with local side Valladolid before joining Spanish giants Real Madrid in 1987.

In 1989, he made his international debut for Spain and went on to win 89 caps – 29 of which were as captain – over a 15-year period. 

After retiring from playing professionally in 2002, Hierro took up a coaching position at Real Madrid's youth academy and later served as assistant manager to Zinedine Zidane during the Frenchman's time at the club.

He was appointed head coach of Oviedo in 2016 but left after two months due to personal reasons; he returned to manage Spain four years later.

Also Played For: c.d. guadalajara

27. Vini Jr.


Vini Jr. Career

  • 2005–2017: Flamengo
  • 2017–2018: Flamengo
  • 2018: Real Madrid
  • 2018: Real Madrid 
  • 2015–2016: Brazil U15
  • 2016–2017: Brazil U17
  • 2018–2019: Brazil U20
  • 2019: Brazil

Vinícius Jr. is a winger for Real Madrid and was born in Brazil in 2000. He began his career with Flamengo before joining Real Madrid in 2018. Vinícius Jr has made 32 appearances for Real Madrid, scoring seven goals so far this season.

Vini Jr. is a Brazilian attacking midfielder who has played for both the Brazil U-17 and U-20 national teams. 

Vini Jr. was born in Rio de Janeiro on 4 December 1997, making him one of the youngest players to compete at a senior international level.

In 2018, he joined Spanish side Real Madrid B on loan from Brazilian club Flamengo until the end of the season; his performances with Real Madrid led to speculation linking him with moves away from Flamengo in 2019 and 2020. 

Vini Jr.'s pace, dribbling ability and passing accuracy have seen him compared favorably to former Fluminense player Rivaldo, while his hard work off the ball also sets him apart from many other midfielders.

While he has yet to make an appearance for Brazil's full international team - due largely to being ineligible for participation while still playing for Flamengo - Vini Jr.'s presence at youth levels has helped propel Brazil into contention for major tournaments such as Copa America and World Cup qualification.

28. Dani Carvajal


Dani Carvajal Career

  • 1999–2002 ": ADCR Leman's
  • 2002–2010 : Real Madrid
  • 2010–2012 : Real Madrid B
  • 2012–2013 : Bayer Leverkusen
  • 2013– : Real Madrid
  • 2010–2011 : Spain U19
  • 2012–2014 : Spain U21
  • 2014– Spain

Dani Carvajal is a Spanish footballer who currently plays as a right-back for Real Madrid. Dani Carvajal was born on January 11, 1992 in Leganés, Spain and started his career with local side ADCR Lemans before joining Real Madrid in 2010.

Dani Carvajal made his La Liga debut for Real Madrid against Valencia on November 12, 2010, and has since gone on to make over 100 appearances for the club across all competitions including captaining them during their Champions League triumph in the 2017/18 season.

Dani Carvajal represented Spain at the youth level from under-16s to under-21s before making his full international debut against Belarus in October 2013 aged just 21 years old. 

In addition to playing football professionally, Dani Carvajal is also an entrepreneur having founded a lifestyle blog called 'Dani Life'.

As of September 2019, Dani Carvajal has won 3 La Liga titles (2014–15; 2016–17; 2017–18) 2 Copa Del Rey trophies (2015; 2018), 1 European Golden Boot (2017), and 2 Club World Cup trophies (2018). 

He is also the first player ever to win all six major domestic cup competitions in Europe – UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Spanish Copa del Rey,[4] French Coupe de France,[5] Italian Coppa Italia German DFB Pokals Ukrainian Premier League.

Also Played For: football right back

29. Nacho


Nacho Career

  • 1999–2001: AD Complutense
  • 2001–2009: Real Madrid
  • 2009–2013: Real Madrid B
  • 2011: Real Madrid
  • 2005: Spain U16
  • 2006–2007: Spain U17
  • 2008–2009: Spain U19
  • 2011–2013: Spain U21
  • 2013–2018: Spain

Nacho is a Spanish defender who has played for Real Madrid since 2009. Nacho started his career with AD Complutense before joining Real Madrid in 2001. In 2009, he made his debut for Real Madrid and has been an important part of the team ever since.

Nacho has represented Spain at the under-21 level and was part of the side that won the European Championships in 2013. 

He also captained Spain at Euro 2016 this year. Nacho is known for his physicality on the pitch and is often relied upon to defend against strong midfield attacks.

Nacho joined Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric as one of only two players from Croatia to play in La Liga for any club during the 2017–18 season Nacho is a Spanish international footballer who has played for Spain at the youth level, as well as in the U21 and senior teams. 

He started his career with Barcelona but left for Valencia in 2013 after failing to break into the first team. After two years with Valencia, he joined Atlético Madrid on a free transfer. 

Nacho made his debut for Spain in an unofficial friendly against Hungary in November 2010 and went on to make 22 appearances over four years, scoring one goal. 

In September 2013, he was called up by Vicente del Bosque for a World Cup qualifier against Andorra but did not feature due to injury sustained earlier that month playing for Valencia against Levante UD.

He returned to the national team squad later that year and featured regularly until 2018 when Del Bosque resigned following Euro 2020 qualifying failure.

Also Played For: club atlético river plate

30. Pirri


José Martínez Sánchez, better known as Pirri, was a Spanish central midfielder who played for SD Ceuta and Imperio Riffien. He made his professional debut with Imperio Riffien in the 1966-67 season and helped the team win promotion to La Liga that year.

He spent four seasons with Imperio before moving to SD Ceuta in 1971 where he would spend twelve years playing for the club, winning five Segunda División titles along the way. 

In 1978, he joined Atlético Madrid on a free transfer and went on to make 90 appearances for them over two seasons before retiring at the end of the 1980-81 campaign.

After retirement from football, Pirri worked as a coach at various clubs including UD Melilla and CD Lugo before taking up management duties at AD Mérida in the 2013-14 season Pirri was a prolific goalscorer for Atlético Ceuta, scoring 153 goals in 423 appearances for the club. 

He made his international debut for Spain in 1963 and went on to score 16 times in 41 appearances during his career. Pirri is most famous for his time at Real Madrid, where he won three La Liga titles and two Copa del Rey crowns.

31. Mesut Özil


Mesut Özil Career

  • 1995–1998: Westfalia 04 Gelsenkirchen
  • 1998–1999: Teutonia Schalke-Nord
  • 1999–2000: Falke Gelsenkirchen
  • 2000–2005: Rot-Weiss Essen
  • 2005–2006: Schalke 
  • 2005: Schalke 
  • 2006–2008: Schalke 
  • 2008–2010: Werder Bremen
  • 2010–2013: Real Madrid
  • 2013–2021: Arsenal
  • 2021–2022: Fenerbahçe
  • 2022 İstanbul Başakşehir
  • 2006–2007: Germany U19
  • 2007–2009: Germany U21
  • 2009–2018: Germany

Mesut Özil is a German footballer who plays for the Turkish club Istanbul Başakşehir as an attacking midfielder. He has previously played for Schalke 04, Rot-Weiss Essen and Schalke 04 again.

October 15, 1988, in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany to father Mustafa and mother Emine. At the age of five, he began playing football with local team Westfalia 04 Gelsenkirchen before moving on to play for Teutonia Schalke-Nord from 1998–1999 onwards.

In 2000, he joined Rot-Weiss Essen where he made over 200 appearances across all competitions before signing for Bundesliga side Schalke 04 in 2005 which would be his final season at a senior level prior to joining Turkish club İstanbul Başakşehir in 2019 as a free agent.

Germany at the youth level but did not make any appearances during his time with the under-21s or full national side until 2011 when he came on as a substitute against England and scored one goal within 10 minutes of coming onto the pitch.

It wasn’t long after that performance that Özil captured international attention when he started scoring goals regularly even starting up front instead of being used more defensively due to his impressive display.

His most successful year thus far came in 2018 when he won both the FIFA World Cup Best Player Award[4] and UEFA Europa League Golden Boot award,[5] becoming only the second player (after Lionel Messi) ever to win both awards.

Aside from winning accolades domestically, Özil also became known for performing impressively despite often facing criticism from sections of English media due to a perceived lack of effort. 

Despite having several offers from top European clubs including Barcelona, Manchester United[13], Juventus Real Madrid Arsenal Chelsea Liverpool, etc.

It was decided by Mesut Ozil himself that he wanted to move back home and join former manager Arsene Wenger at newly appointed Premier League outfit Arsenal FC ahead of their 2017/2018 campaign. 

The Gunners went undefeated throughout this inaugural season picking up silverware along the way such as FA Cup, Community Shield & EFL Cup.

Also Played For: super lig

32. Guti



José María Gutiérrez Hernández is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for the Spanish club Real Madrid. He has also played for Atlético Madrid, Valencia CF, and Sevilla FC in La Liga, and Deportivo Alavés in the Primeira Liga.

Guti started his career with his hometown club Real Madrid before moving to Atlético Madrid, Valencia CF, and Sevilla FC. He returned to Real Madrid on a free transfer in 2009 after two seasons with Deportivo Alavés. 

Guti was part of Spain's national team at the 2002 World Cup where they reached the semi-final stage; he also played at UEFA Euro 2004, the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the 2010 World Cup finals.

In 2008–09 season he helped win La Liga title with Atlético Madrid while scoring 16 goals during that campaign including 4 in final against Barcelona which led him to be crowned European Footballer of the Year by IFFHS.

Injury curtailed his success domestically during 2013–14 season but still managed 9 league goals en route to another Copa Del Rey trophy victory.

After 5 years away from first-team action, José Maria resumed playing regularly starting from the 2015/16 season under new manager Zinedine Zidane helping Los Blancos clinch the Champions League title once again.

33. Éder Militão


Éder Militão Career

  • 2010–2017 : São Paulo
  • 2017–2018 : São Paulo
  • 2018–2019 : Porto
  • 2019: Real Madrid
  • 2015 : Brazil U17
  • 2018 : Brazil

Militão is a Brazilian centre-back who currently plays for Real Madrid. Militão started his career at São Paulo, where he played for four seasons before joining Real Madrid in 2019.

Militão has made over 100 appearances for the Brazil national team and was part of their squads that won the Copa America Centenario and the World Cup in 2014. 

At club level, Militão has been an important player for both Sao Paulo and Madrid winning several titles including two Champions Leagues with Los Blancos, as well as La Liga and Copa del Rey with the former club.

With his experience on both the international stage and in some of Europe's most competitive leagues, Éder Militão is one of the most experienced defenders in world football today. 

Militão is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a winger for the Spanish club Real Madrid and the Brazil national team. 

São Paulo, Brazil on 7 January 1995. He made his senior debut with Italian side Empoli in 2014 at the age of 18, before joining Portuguese giants Porto two years later for €35m (£29m).

Porto - three Primeira Liga titles and two Champions Leagues - making him one of the most successful players in their history. In 2019 he joined reigning European champions Real Madrid from Portugal's biggest club, ahead of their return to La Liga after a 21-year absence.

34. David Beckham


David Beckham Career

  • 1987–1991 : Tottenham Hotspur
  • 1989–1991 : Brimsdown Rovers (loan)
  • 1991–1994 : Manchester United
  • 1992–2003 : Manchester United
  • 1995 : Preston North End (loan)
  • 2003–2007 : Real Madrid
  • 2007–2012 : LA Galaxy
  • 2009 : AC Milan (loan)
  • 2010 : AC Milan (loan)
  • 1992–1993 : England U18
  • 1994–1996 : England U21
  • 1996–2009 : England

David Beckham is a former English footballer and businessman who has represented Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain and the England national team.

Beckham became an ambassador for UNICEF in 2007 after he met a child affected by malaria while on holiday in Africa. 

He also founded his own foundation called Malaria No More which aims to eradicate the disease from endemic areas worldwide.

In 2003, Beckham was named PFA Players' Player of the Year after leading Manchester United to their first league title in 26 years. 

The following year he joined Spanish side Real Madrid where he won two La Liga titles and helped them reach the 2006 Champions League final; they lost against Barcelona however.

After leaving Real Madrid in 2009, Beckham signed for MLS side LA Galaxy where he played until 2014 when he retired from professional football at age 38 due to injury sustained during a match with Seattle Sounders FC (now known as Seattle Sounders FC 2). 

Beckham has been married three times: to Victoria Adams (1999–2007), but split up shortly before their son Brooklyn's birth; to Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm (2008–2011); and finally to American socialite Rebecca Loos since 2012.

Also Played For: united states mls, mls

35. Álvaro Morata


Álvaro Morata Career

  • 2005–2007 : Atlético Madrid
  • 2007–2008 : Getafe
  • 2008–2010 : Real Madrid
  • 2010–2013 : Real Madrid
  • 2010–2014 : Real Madrid
  • 2014–2016 : Juventus 64
  • 2016–2017 : Real Madrid
  • 2017–2020 : Chelsea
  • 2019–2020 : Atlético Madrid (loan)
  • 2020 : Atlético Madrid
  • 2020–2022 : Juventus (loan)
  • 2009 : Spain U17
  • 2010 : Spain U18
  • 2010–2012 : Spain U19
  • 2013–2014 : Spain U21
  • 2014 : Spain

Morata is a Spanish international striker who currently plays for Atlético Madrid. Morata joined Real Madrid in 2010 from their hometown club Atlético Madrid and went on to make over 100 appearances for the La Liga champions.

In 2013, Morata signed with Real Madrid's B team before joining Chelsea two years later in 2015; he made just nine Premier League appearances before returning to Spain in 2017. 

Morata has represented Spain at various youth levels, including at the 2012 Olympic Games where he scored Spain’s second goal in their 3-1 victory against Honduras en route to the quarterfinals.

He rejoined Atlético after Chelsea’s relegation from the Premier League and netted 18 goals during his first season back with Diego Simeone’s side – helping them achieve Europa League qualification as well as reaching the Copa del Rey final (losing out to Barcelona). 

His form saw him linked with a return to England this summer but ultimately opted to remain with Atlético until 2020 despite reported interest from Manchester United and Liverpool FC – signing an extended contract until 2021 shortly thereafter.

Morata was born into a footballing family: both of his parents played professionally (his father played for CF Rayo Vallecano while his mother represented CD Tenerife) whilst his brother Jonathan also had a brief career playing midfield for Mallorca. 

MorATA was initially registered as Álvaro Borja Martín by Racing Santander prior to joining Real Madrid.

Also Played For: atlético de madrid

36. James Rodríguez


James Rodríguez Career

  • 2001–2005: Academia Tolimense de Fútbol
  • 2005–2006: Envigado
  • 2006–2008: Envigado
  • 2008–2010: Banfield
  • 2010–2013: Porto
  • 2013–2014: Monaco
  • 2014–2020: Real Madrid
  • 2017–2019: Bayern Munich (loan)
  • 2020–2021: Everton
  • 2021–2022: Al-Rayyan
  • 2022: Olympiacos
  • 2007: Colombia U17
  • 2011: Colombia U20
  • 2011: Colombia

James Rodríguez is a Colombian attacking midfielder who currently plays for Olympiacos. James was born in 1991 and started his career with Academia Tolimense de Fútbol before moving to Envigado in 2006.

In 2008, he joined Banfield where he made 42 appearances over the course of two seasons. James signed for Bayern Munich in 2013 and helped them win the UEFA Champions League that same year. 

He left Bayern Munich after one season to join Monaco where he has since won Ligue 1 twice and played at the FIFA World Cup 2014™ Qualifier as well as the 2018 World Cup Finals tournament. 

James rejoined Olympiacos at the end of 2019 having already won two Greek Championships with them during his time away from Greece. 

At the international level, James has represented Colombia at both under-17s and under-20s levels before making his senior debut in 2012.

Also Played For: spain young, super league greece

37. Santillana


Santillana started his career at Barreda. He moved to Racing Santander in 1970 and scored 16 goals in 35 appearances over the course of two seasons. In 1971, he joined Atlético Madrid and went on to make 292 appearances for them over a 10-year period.

Santillana retired from football in 1987 after playing for Granada CF but continued to work as a coach until 2003. He was inducted into the Spanish Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and has since been working as a commentator for TVE Deportes 2 Santillana won La Liga with Atlético Madrid in 1984–85, being named European Player of the Year that season too 7.

Representing Spain at Euro 1984, 1986 World Cup (where they reached the semi-finals), and 1990 World Cup he also took part at UEFA Euro 1988 where Spain finished runners up 8.*Coaching spells with Valencia CF (2002), UD Las Palmas (2004) and FC Barcelona B – first team squad (2005).

38. Thibaut Courtois


Thibaut Courtois Career

  • 1997–1999: Bilzen V.V.
  • 1999–2009: Genk
  • 2009–2011: Genk
  • 2011–2018: Chelsea
  • 2011–2014: Atlético Madrid (loan)
  • 2018: Real Madrid
  • 2009–2010: Belgium U18
  • 2011: Belgium

Thibaut Courtois is a Belgian goalkeeper who currently plays for Real Madrid. Courtois began his career with Bilzen V.V., before moving to Genk in 2009.

He made his debut for Belgium in 2012 and has since played at the 2014 World Cup, Euro 2016, and the 2018 World Cup. 

He is considered one of the world's best goalkeepers and was named Best Player at UEFA EURO 2016 after guiding Belgium to victory over France in the final.

With 119 caps, he is fourth on Belgium's all-time appearance list behind Romelu Lukaku (150), Marc Overmars (152), and Axel Witsel (154). In 2017, Courtois signed a new long-term contract with Real Madrid that runs until 2024. 

After making an error against Atletico Madrid which led to their opponents netting an equalizer during their Champions League semi-final first leg. He conceded two goals from set pieces during their 3–1 La Liga win over Barcelona. 

But still managed to keep a clean sheet as Los Blancos went through 5–0 aggregate thanks to the away goals rule - becoming only the third club ever to do so in European competition after Ajax Amsterdam & Juventus Fc.

May 11th 2019) Thibaut Nicolas Marc Courtois signs another year extension with Real Madrid keeping him contracted until 2024. Thibaut Courtois is a professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Chelsea and Real Madrid. 

Thibaut Courtois was born in 1993 in Belgium and began playing football at a young age with the local side KVK Olympia Rotterdam. In 2009, he joined Genk on loan before signing with Chelsea the following year. 

He made his debut for the Blues in 2012 and went on to win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, and the Europa League with them during his time there. 

In 2018, he moved to Real Madrid where he has won another La Liga title and the Champions League twice over since joining them.

At the international level, Thibaut Courtois has represented Belgium at both youth levels (U18 & U21) as well as making one appearance for their senior team at Euro 2016 qualifying.

However, he missed out on qualification for Russia 2018 due to an injury sustained whilst playing for Chelsea earlier that season.

39. Santiago Bernabéu

Santiago Bernabéu

Santiago Bernabéu was the 11th president of Real Madrid and served from 1943 to 1978. He helped lead Madrid to its first-ever European Cup victory in/against Eintracht Frankfurt in 1955, as well as other successes during his tenure including a Liga title win in 1957 and three Copa del Rey titles (1953, 1954, 1957).

Santiago Bernabéu is also remembered for his role in the Spanish Civil War; he initially supported Francisco Franco but later changed sides and fought on the republican side. 

He died aged 82 after a long illness following years of poor health which started shortly after he stepped down from office. Santiago Bernabéu was born in Madrid, Spain and started playing football at the age of six for the local club Madrid FC.

He made his senior debut with Real Madrid in 1911 and went on to make 51 appearances for the club during the 1920s. After retiring as a player, he became manager of Real Madrid from 1926-1927. 

Santiago Bernabéu is considered one of the greatest forwards ever to play the game and he is still remembered today by fans throughout Europe for his impressive goalscoring record at both club and international level.

40. Mateo Kovačić


Mateo Kovačić Career

  • 2010–2013 : Dinamo Zagreb
  • 2013–2015 : Inter Milan
  • 2015–2019 : Real Madrid
  • 2018–2019 : Chelsea (loan)
  • 2019 : Chelsea 101
  • 2008 : Croatia U14
  • 2008 : Croatia U15
  • 2009–2011 : Croatia U17
  • 2011–2012 : Croatia U19
  • 2011–2014 : Croatia U21
  • 2013 : Croatia

Mateo Kovačić is a Croatian-born Austrian central midfielder who currently plays for Chelsea. He made his debut for Dinamo Zagreb in 2010 and went on to feature for Inter Milan before joining Real Madrid in 2015.

In 2019, he played 73 times for Los Blancos as they won the UEFA Champions League trophy. Kovačić has also represented Croatia at the under-21 level and was part of their squad that reached the final of the Uefa European Championship in 2016.

Outside of football, Mateo is an ambassador for UNICEF and regularly supports various charitable causes through his social media platforms Mateo Kovačić is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Chelsea.

He started his career with Dinamo Zagreb, before spending time on loan at Liverpool and then Chelsea. Kovačić has represented Croatia at the international level, winning silver medals at the 2018 World Cup and 2022 Qatar World Cup. 

As well as playing professionally in Europe, he spent two seasons in Major League Soccer (MLS) with LA Galaxy before returning to Chelsea in January 2019. Kovačić was born in Rijeka, Croatia on 17 December 1992.

Also Played For: chelsea f.c, croatia national football team

41. Gonzalo Higuaín


Gonzalo Higuaín Career

  • 1997–2005: River Plate
  • 2005–2007: River Plate
  • 2007–2013: Real Madrid
  • 2013–2016: Napoli
  • 2016–2020: Juventus
  • 2018–2019: AC Milan (loan)
  • 2019: Chelsea (loan)
  • 2020–2022: Inter Miami
  • 2008: Argentina U23
  • 2009–2018: Argentina

Higuaín is a world-renowned striker, who has spent his entire career at Juventus. He was born in Brest, France, in 1987 and started playing football for the local side Palermo when he was just six years old.

Higuaín joined River Plate from Palermo in 2005 and scored 35 goals in 107 appearances for the Buenos Aires club before signing for Real Madrid the following year. Higuaín helped Napoli to win Serie A titles in 2013 and 2016 before joining Juventus on a free transfer in January of 2020.

At Juve he has been prolific, scoring 105 goals over 48 appearances so far. Higuaín made his international debut for Argentina aged 19 and went on to score 34 goals in 89 appearances for his country. 

including an appearance at the 2014 World Cup where they were runners-up to Germany. In 2018Higuain won Puskás Award as Europe's best player of the 2017–18 season.

He is married to actress Malena Sáenz and they have two children together - Matías (born May 2019) and Miguel (born December 2021). 

Gonzalo Higuaín was one of 10 players nominated for The Best FIFA Men’s Player award which was eventually won by Cristiano Ronaldo.

42. Ruud van Nistelrooy


Ruud van Nistelrooy Career

  • 1993–1997: Den Bosch
  • 1997–1998: Heerenveen
  • 1998–2001: PSV Eindhoven
  • 2001–2006: Manchester United
  • 2006–2010: Real Madrid
  • 2010–2011: Hamburger SV
  • 2011–2012: Málaga
  • 1997–1998: Netherlands U21
  • 1998–2011: Netherlands

Ruud van Nistelrooy is a former Dutch international striker who played for PSV Eindhoven and Manchester United. He was named the Premier League Player of the Year in 2006–07, and won two league titles with United.

Van Nistelrooy began his career at club side Nooit Gedacht before moving to RKSV Margriet in 1990. He made his senior debut for Den Bosch in 1993, where he spent six seasons before joining PSV Eindhoven in 1997. 

Van Nistelrooy helped PSV win two league championships during his time at the club, and also lifted the Champions League trophy twice – first with United in 2007–08, and then again with the Netherlands later that same year.

In 2018 he announced his retirement from professional football after 17 years at PSV Eindhoven as their head coach. 

Van Nistelrooy represented Holland on 83 occasions between 1995 and 2013, scoring 41 goals along the way; including three major tournaments. 

Euro 2000 (where he finished as a joint-top scorer), Euro 2004 (winning both the Golden Boot and Man of The Match awards) and World Cup 2010 (scoring twice).

Also Played For: psv, manchester united f.c

43. Claude Makélélé


Claude Makélélé Career

  • 989–1990 : Melun-Dammarie
  • 1990–1991 : Brest
  • 1991–1997 : Nantes
  • 1997–1998 : Marseille 32
  • 1998–2000 : Celta Vigo 70
  • 2000–2003 : Real Madrid 94
  • 2003–2008 : Chelsea 144
  • 2008–2011 : Paris Saint-Germain 98
  • 1993–1994 : France U21
  • 1995–2008 : France
  • 2011–2013 : Paris Saint-Germain (assistant)
  • 2014 : Bastia
  • 2016 : Monaco (technical director)
  • 2017 : Swansea City (assistant)
  • 2017–2019 : Eupen
  • 2019 : Chelsea (technical mentor)

Claude Makélélé was born in Kinshasa, Zaire on 18 February 1973. He started his career at Melun-Dammarie before moving to Nantes and then Marseille. After a few seasons with Real Madrid, Claude joined Chelsea as their technical mentor in 2012.

Claude has represented his country at various levels including the 1998 World Cup and the 2002 African Nations Cup where he won the tournament's Golden Ball award for being the best player of the competition. 

Claude is currently playing for Chelsea after leaving Real Madrid in 2003 Makélélé's managerial career has seen him work at clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain, Bastia, and Monaco.

Makélélé was appointed Chelsea's technical mentor in January 2019. He had a successful playing career with PSG, winning two Ligue 1 titles and the 1998 World Cup with France. 

Makélé is regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation and was part of the France team that reached the 2006 World Cup final. 

After retiring from football, he took up coaching duties with various clubs before being appointed manager of Eupen in 2018.

44. Lucas Vázquez


Lucas Vázquez

Lucas Vázquez is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a winger for Real Madrid. He made his senior debut with Atlético Madrid in 2010 and went on to make over 150 appearances for the club before joining Real Madrid in 2018.

Vázquez was part of Spain's UEFA Euro 2012 squad, appearing in all three group stage matches as they reached the semi-finals where they lost to Italy. 

He has also represented his country at both under-21 and senior level, playing 59 times between 2011 and 2016 including four games at the 2014 World Cup finals where he featured prominently against Germany (scoring one goal).

Lucas Vazquez started his career with Atlético Madrid but spent time on loan at Racing Santander prior to signing permanently for Los Colchoneros in January 2017 after impressing during pre-season trials. 

In total, he amassed totals of 141 La Liga appearances, 10 assists,[5] five goals[6], two Copa del Rey trophies one Champions League winners' medal, and one FIFA Club World Cup winners' medal with Atlético Madrid across six seasons before departing Las Palmas permanently at the end of the 2018–19 season having helped them reach La Liga safety.

45. Predrag Mijatović

Predrag Mijatović

Predrag Mijatović is a former Yugoslavian football striker. He played for clubs such as Kom, OFK Titograd and Budućnost Titograd during his career. Mijatović made his international debut for Yugoslavia in 1994 and has earned 66 caps to date, scoring 10 goals.

After retiring from professional football in 2006, he started coaching young players at the academies of his former clubs. Predrag Mijatović was born on 19 January 1969 in Titograd, SR Montenegro into a family of athletes who also include younger brother Vlado and father Branko Mijatovic (both competed at high level in track and field).

In 2007 he moved back to his home country of Serbia where he began coaching the youth teams of Red Star Belgrade before moving on to coach Radnički Niš later that year Predrag Mijatović was a midfielder who played for clubs such as Budućnost Titograd, Partizan and Valencia. Predrag Mijatović represented Yugoslavia at the U-20 World Cup in 1987 and the U-21 Euro in 1990.

After retiring from football, Predrag Mijatović has worked as a coach with several clubs including Real Madrid and Fiorentina.

46. Marco Asensio


Marco Asensio Career

  • Youth career
  • 2003–2006 : Platges de Calvià
  • 2006–2013 : Mallorca
  • Senior career
  • 2013–2014 : Mallorca B
  • 2013–2014 : Mallorca
  • 2014 : Real Madrid
  • 2014–2015 : Mallorca
  • 2015–2016 : Espanyol 
  • International career
  • 2012 : Spain U16
  • 2014–2015 : Spain U19
  • 2015–2017 : Spain U21
  • 2021 : Spain Olympic (O.P.)
  • 2016 : Spain

Marco Asensio is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a winger for Real Madrid. Asensio made his senior debut in the 2013–14 season with Mallorca and spent two seasons at the club before joining Real Madrid in 2014.

He has been capped by Spain at youth level and earned his first international call-up in March 2016. Asensio has also represented Mallorca on loan from Real Madrid, Espanyol and Valencia respectively over the course of his career.

In 2018 he won both La Liga and Champions League titles with Los Blancos, becoming only the second player to ever win both trophies twice – after Leo Messi.

On 24 July 2019, it was announced that Asensio had signed a new contract extension until 2023 with Los Merengues.[7] Marco Asensio is a Spanish midfielder who currently plays for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team.

He started his career with Valencia CF, where he won two La Liga titles before joining FC Barcelona in 2013. At Barca, Asensio has made over 200 appearances and scored 38 goals, including winning the Copa del Rey in 2017. 

In November 2018, he was named in Vicente del Bosque's squad for the 2019 FIFA World Cup in Russia.  Marco Asensio also played at UEFA Euro 2016 as part of Spain’s eventual runners-up medal campaign after losing to Portugal in the final match of the tournament on penalties shoot.

Marco Asensio is contracted to Barcelona until 2023 and has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou this summer; however, no deal has been finalized yet.

Also Played For: rcd mallorca

47. Manolo Sanchís

Manolo Sanchís

Manolo Sanchís was born on May 23, 1965 in Madrid, Spain. He began his career as a sweeper with Real Zaragoza during the 1985-1986 season. In 1988, he joined Valencia CF and played there for six years before moving to Atlético de Madrid in 1993.

At Atlético de Madrid, Manolo Sanchís won two La Liga titles (1994–95 and 1998–99) and one Copa del Rey (1997). On November 19, 1999, he made his debut for the Spanish national team against Austria Vienna in a UEFA Euro 2000 qualifier at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium; he played all 90 minutes of the match without conceding a goal. 

After playing his last game for Atlético de Madrid on April 27, 2001, against Racing Santander,[2] Manolo Sanchís retired from professional football at age 36 due to injury.[1] Manolo Sanchís was a Spanish midfielder who played for Real Madrid from 1983 to 2001.

He won three La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, and one European Cup with the club. In international play, Manolo Sanchís represented Spain at various age levels before making his senior national team debut in 1986. 

Over the course of his career, he played 48 times and scored one goal for Spain. After retiring from playing professional football, Manolo Sanchís started working as a coach with several teams in Spain’s lower divisions.

48. Miguel Muñoz

Miguel Muñoz

Miguel Muñoz was born in Madrid, Spain in 1922. He started playing football at a young age and played for Ferroviaria until 1941. Muñoz then joined Girod before joining Imperio in 1943 where he spent the next six years with the club.

Miguel Muñoz made his La Liga debut with Racing Santander in 1944 and went on to make 36 appearances over two seasons there before retiring from football at the end of 1948 due to injury. 

After retirement, Miguel Muñoz began working as a coach with various clubs including Logroñoés, Celta de Vigo, Atlético Madrid, Burgos CF, and Rayo Vallecano among others before passing away aged 68 in 1990 after a long illness Miguel Muñoz played for Real Madrid from 1959 to 1974.

He was the manager of Spain from 1975 to 1976 and again in 1979. He led Spain to their first-ever European Championship win in 1984, which also saw them lift the Spanish Cup title. 

As a player, Miguel Muzon made 223 appearances for Real Madrid between 1948 and 1958 scoring 23 goals. After retiring as a player, he became coach of Granada before moving on to manage Plus Ultra and then finally Real Madrid himself in 1959.

49. Keylor Navas


Keylor Navas Career

  • 2005–2010: Saprissa 73
  • 2010–2012: Albacete 36
  • 2011–2012: Levante (loan)
  • 2012–2014: Levante 46
  • 2014–2019: Real Madrid 104
  • 2019: Paris Saint-Germain 71
  • 2023: Nottingham Forest (loan)
  • 2003: Costa Rica U17
  • 2006: Costa Rica U21
  • 2008: Costa Rica

Keylor Navas is a goalkeeper for Paris Saint-Germain and he has played for them since 2012. Keylor Navas started his career at Saprissa in Costa Rica before moving to Albacete in Spain.

He made his Champions League debut in 2010 and has been a regular member of the PSG team ever since, winning the title in 2018. 

Keilor Navas was named the best goalkeeper at the 2017–18 season's Ligue 1 Awards Ceremony and was also voted as PSG's Player of The Year that same year by fans across Europe.

In 2019, Keylor Navas led PSG to their second consecutive French Cup victory and fourth overall cup title – becoming just the third player (after Zinedine Zidane & Carlo Ancelotti) to achieve this feat with two different clubs. 

On 8 July 2020, it was announced that Keylor Navas had signed a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until 2022.

Also Played For: concacaf, costa rica football team

50. Fernando Redondo

Fernando Redondo

Fernando Redondo was born on June 6, 1969 in the city of Adrogué, Argentina. He started his career with local club Talleres RE before moving to Argentinos Juniors in 1985.

After a spell at Spanish side Real Madrid, he joined Italian side Torino in 2000 where he spent two seasons before retiring from professional football later that year. 

Fernando is currently an assistant coach for Argentine Primera Division side Racing Club de Avellaneda and also works as a TV commentator for games involving his former clubs Real Madrid and Torino.

In addition to coaching and commentating, Fernando has also written several books about his experiences as a footballer including "Mi vida en 90 parties" (My life in 90 matches) which tells the story of his time at both Real Madrid and Torino.

Fernando is married with three children.[1] His son Jonathan currently plays basketball professionally while another son Santiago plays football for Racing Club de Avellaneda's youth team.

Fernando played over 165 times for La Liga champions Real Madrid between 1990-1994 alongside stars such as Raúl Gonzalez, Hugo Sánchez and Zinedine Zidane; he then moved on to Serie A winners Juventus but only made nine appearances during two years there due to injury.

Despite being capped 53 times by Argentina's national team – scoring one goal – Redondo considers himself more of a fan than player of international football owing to not having achieved any major honours whilst playing abroad.

51. Ronaldo


Ronaldo Career

  • 1990–1993: São Cristóvão
  • 1993–1994: Cruzeiro
  • 1994–1996: PSV
  • 1996–1997: Barcelona
  • 1997–2002: Inter Milan
  • 2002–2007: Real Madrid
  • 2007–2008: AC Milan
  • 2009–2011: Corinthians
  • 1993: Brazil U17

Ronaldo is a Brazilian striker who is one of the most celebrated and successful players in world football. 

Ronaldo first emerged on the international scene at age 18 with Brazil, scoring 41 goals in 74 appearances for his country over a period of six years.

After spells at Cruzeiro and PSV, Ronaldo transferred to Barcelona where he won three La Liga titles and two Champions League crowns. 

 In 2003, Ronaldo joined Real Madrid where he became one of the club's all-time greats, winning five consecutive Spanish league titles as well as multiple Champions League trophies and FIFA Club World Cups.

In 2007, Ronaldo moved to AC Milan but was unable to replicate his earlier success there before joining Corinthians in 2009; after two seasons with them he returned to Spain with Real Madrid once again in 2011). 

The 2013–14 season saw Ronaldo win another Ballon d'Or award as Europe's best footballer while playing for Madrid alongside teammates Gareth Bale and Luka Modric (who both also received individual awards that year).

On 24 May 2018, aged 36 years old  Ronaldo announced his retirement from professional football following his victory in the Copa del Rey final.

Also Played For: sport club corinthians paulista

Final Words

Real Madrid CF has had some of the greatest players in history play for them. Some of the all-time greats include Alfredo Di Stéfano, Ferenc Puskás, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Zinedine Zidane.

These players have helped Real Madrid become one of the most successful clubs in football history.

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Andrew Kovacs

I am a Head Boys Soccer Coach at Amherst Regional Public Schools in Massachusetts. I have coached for the past five years and I am currently working on my master's degree in Exercise Science. I coach soccer because I love the game and I enjoy being around the kids. It is rewarding to see them develop their skills and grow as individuals. LinkedIn

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