Real Madrid is one of the largest clubs in the world, in the past it was famous for the “Los Galácticos” transfer tactic, when it bought big world stars. But not all transfers went as planned.
Los Blancos was never afraid to spend big money. Huge sums paid for Zinédin Zidan, Cristiano Ronald or Gareth Bale have returned richly, but there are also transfers that they would like to forget in the offices in the Valdebebas training center.
Danilo – Porto – 31 million euros – 2015
This transfer really didn’t work out. The right back came to be a substitute for Dani Carvajal, but every time he boarded, it was a mess. In the 2015/16 season, Real Madrid won the Champions League, but Danilo scored a completely unique statistic. He spent all the minutes of every White Ballet defeat on the field this season.
The simple rule was that if Danilo didn’t play, Real Madrid didn’t lose. If the Brazilian was in the lineup, it smelled a problem. Now the 30-year-old bek is famous for several of his own goals, his mistakes often led to the goals of his opponents. The € 30 million investment didn’t work out, and Real Madrid was very pleased to get rid of Danila in 2017 and send him to Juventus.
Antonio Cassano – AS Roma – EUR 5 million – 2006
The amount for the football bohemian was not high, but even so, the money spent on Cassana was thrown in the trash. The Italian footballer is famous for his crazy lifestyle and even worse diet.
“In Madrid, I made a friend out of a hotel waiter. His job was to wear me sweets after sex. He took the candy elevator, I handed him his wife in the doorway, and we made an exchange. He married the woman and I took the sweets. Sex and then food, perfect night, “ Cassano later described his life in Madrid.
Jonathan Woodgate – Newcastle – EUR 18 million – 2004
Probably Jonathan Woodgate made the worst debut in football history. The English hitchhiker came to Spain from Newcastle, but spent the first year in a morgue due to a thigh injury.
As he prepared for his debut against Athletic Bilbao a year later, as he later said, he said to himself: “All right, you’re back. Show them what you can do. ” But Woodgat’s debut was a nightmare, as he scored his own goal and saw a red card. Even so, he received a standing ovation from Santiago Bernabé for returning after a serious injury, but when he was sent back to England after six starts, no one complained.
Eden Hazard – Chelsea – 115 million euros – 2019
He was to succeed Cristian Ronald, came with the hallmark of the best player in the Premier League, Real Madrid bet over 100 million euros for him and made him the most expensive player in the club’s history. But Eden Hazard’s career in the Spanish capital is a complete disaster.
He spends the vast majority of his time on marodas, he has never jumped into more than 7 competitive matches in a row. As of December 2021, his balance in Real Madrid is 56 matches, 5 goals and 8 assists. In addition, he came very overweight, and did not even help in this connection by stating in his introductory video that his favorite food is a burger. Fans then derisively began to call Hazard “Burger King”.
Thomas Gravesen – Everton – EUR 3.4 million – 2005
Thomas Gravesen was signed as a defensive bulldog, an aggressive midfielder who balances out a team of stars. This transfer thus made quite sense.
But Gravesen exaggerated it with aggression. The Danish defensive midfielder once caused a huge push in the training center when he drove into the stellar Robinh in a pre-match training with a sharp slide.
At that moment, coach Fabio Capello ran out of patience. “I do not like his behavior. Everything has to be done the way he wants it to. ” the Italian coach complained. Gravesen left for Celtic just days after the statement.
Royston Drenthe – Feyenoord – EUR 14 million – 2007
Another of the big tricks that fans remember for many years. Drenthe had no discipline or head at Real Madrid, and probably no quality.
His anabasis in the white jersey practically ended when he was booed at the home Santiago Bernabéu during the match against Deportivo La Coruña. The Dutch winger hung his football boots on a nail at the age of 29 so that he could pursue his rap career.
Julien Faubert – West Ham – Hosting – 2009
One of the strangest transfers of Real Madrid in history. The entire football world was shocked when the White Ballet brought in Julien Faubert of West Ham in January 2009. At Real Madrid, it was far from quality, and although a call option was included in the transfer, it was never exercised.
Faubert didn’t help either. He did not arrive for training before the match with Villarreal, because he thought he had a day off. He played a single match in the White Ballet jersey and returned to West Ham.
Other Real Madrid transfer crossings: Nicolas Anelka, Michael Essien, Robert Prosinecki, Walter Samuel, Javier Saviola, Ze Roberto.
Source: Real Madrid