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Top 15 Players Who Never Made It At Real Madrid

Real Madrid are arguably the biggest club in the world of professional sports. The team is routinely worth billions of dollars according to valuations that are released by sources such as Forbes. Fans of the club are located all around the planet. The popularity of Real seems to grow with every year and with every trophy that the team adds to its multiple cases. Thanks to massive media rights deals, fans who may never be able to make the trek to the Bernabeu can watch every meaningful game that Real play during a season. There has never been a better time to follow Real.

Some of the greatest players of their times have proudly worn the Real shirt over the years. That list is filled with names such as Zinedine Zidane and Roberto Carlos. Cristiano Ronaldo currently serves as the biggest star playing for Real. Ronaldo has, over time, become an international phenomenon who has been featured in advertisements and marketing campaigns. When he exits the pitch one final time during his career, there will be debates about whether or not Ronaldo deserves to be mentioned as the greatest of all time. That speaks to the success that Ronaldo has enjoyed.

Every entity, even one as great and powerful as Real Madrid, gets a decision wrong from time to time. Not all of the players who joined Real with high expectations hanging over their heads were tremendous hits while playing for the Spanish outfit. Included among them was a midfielder who was desired by much of the Real fan base but who was ultimately not worth a fraction of the price the club paid to acquire his services. Don't forget about the man who remains one of the most famous individuals in the sport but who was also, as it pertains to play on the pitch, a letdown for the club.

15 Julien Faubert 

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14 Emmanuel Adebayor 

13 Nuri Sahin 

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12 Nicolas Anelka 

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11 Javier Hernandez 

10 Fabio Coentrao 

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9 Pedro Leon 

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8 Diego Lopez 

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7 Royston Drenthe 

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6 Isco 

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5 Antonio Cassano  

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4 Michael Essien  

3 Jonathan Woodgate 

2 David Beckham 

David Beckham was a tremendous get for Real Madrid in that he helped increase the brand-recognition and worth of the club. As a player, however, Beckham was more so associated with trophy-less campaigns than he was responsible for Real being the best team in the world. Remember that then-Real president Ramon Calderon famously hit out at Beckham after he signed for LA Galaxy, saying the following about the matter:

1 Kaka 

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The argument could be made that Kaka going to Real Madrid is one of the worst transfers in the history of world football. Real reportedly spent £60 million for the attacking midfielder and in return the club received a player who was past his prime and in decline when he linked up with the team. Kaka was but a shell of his former self when he returned to AC Milan, and he has since joined Major League Soccer club Orlando City. While Kaka may be able to make highlights playing in the North American top-flight, he probably never should have been given the opportunity to feature for Real.

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