5 Brazilian players who could not deliver at Real Madrid
What is it about Brazilian players that attract the biggest clubs in La Liga like flies? The biggest clubs in the Spanish premier division have had a long and varied relationship with Brazilian footballers, nowhere has this been more evident than at Real Madrid.
The 12-time European champions have enjoyed the talents of many a Brazilian genius: players like Roberto Carlos, Marcelo, Ronaldo de Lima etc. have lit up the Santiago Bernabeu, winning trophies and achieving legendary status at this most storied of football clubs.
There is another side to this of course; the many Brazilian players who have failed to make an appreciable impact in the colours of Los Merengues.
Some of these players came in at great cost and on the back of great hype but for various reasons, they failed to deliver.
Here is a shortlist of 5 of the biggest Brazilian flops to have put on the Real Madrid jersey:
#5 Emerson (2006-2007)
The powerful central midfielder who was nicknamed the Puma moved to Madrid in the aftermath of the Calciopoli scandal which led to Juventus’ relegation to Serie B. The Old Lady was forced to sell off a lot of players as a result of this and as a result, Emerson joined Real Madrid for €16 million.
In his days in the Serie A, the tough-tackling, strong running Brazilian was easily one of the best midfielders in the league and his contributions to AS Roma’s and Juventus’ Scudetto winnings campaigns were very important.
However, he was unable to recreate this in Spain as he clashed repeatedly with manager Fabio Capello, who at that time, was trying to shoehorn David Beckham into a central midfield role which meant that Emerson’s playing time was curtailed.
The Madrid press was not overly enthused with his ponderous and power-based style of play and though he played 34 games (across all competitions) that season (a season where Los Merengues lifted the La Liga title based on a better head-to-head record against old foes FC Barcelona), he never really won the fans over and was off to AC Milan for €6 million the following season.