4 Players who have played for both Real Madrid and Ajax
Real Madrid faces Ajax Amsterdam in the first leg of UEFA Champions League round of 16 tonight in Amsterdam. Those two are among the biggest clubs in the world and have won a lot of silverware between them.
Real are the biggest club in the world and won 13 Champions League titles, whereas Ajax dominated European football in the early 1970s and have won 4 Champions League titles. A lot of Ajax footballers have gone on to play their football in Spain. That list includes the legendary Johan Cruyff, who played very successfully for Ajax and Barcelona.
There have been a lot of footballers who have played for both Ajax and Barcelona. However, very few footballers have actually played for both Ajax and Real. We would take a look at 4 such footballers in this article.
#1 Clarence Seedorf
Seedorf rose to prominence while playing for Ajax under Louis Van Gaal in the early to mid- 1990s. Ajax won the Champions League in 1994-95 and had a very strong team with the likes of Patrick Kluivert, Frank De Boer and Seedorf. Seedorf was a very good attacking midfielder with all-around abilities.
He was very strong physically and also had good passing abilities. He was also a livewire and tireless worker on the pitch. He scored 11 goals in 90 matches for Ajax and played for them from 1992 to 1995.
Seedorf left Ajax in 1995 to join Sampdoria and subsequently joined Real Madrid in 1996. He again became part of a very strong Real Madrid side under Jupp Heynckes. He had the likes of Fernando Hierro, Raul Gonzalez, Predrag Mijatovic and Bodo IIlgner as his teammates and won 1 LaLiga and 1 Champions League title with Real.
Real defeated Juventus 1-0 in the Champions League final in 1997-98 and Seedorf played his part in that victory. He had earlier won the LaLiga title with Real in 1996-97. However, Seedorf left Real in 2000 and joined Inter Milan. He scored 20 goals in 159 matches for them.
Later, Seedorf won a Champions League title with AC Milan too, and remains the only player to do so with 3 different clubs. He remains one of the finest midfielders of his generation, and also among the most successful footballers of all time.