5 most entertaining Real Madrid players of all time

Raul of Real Madrid celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mates Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane
Raul of Real Madrid celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mates Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane
Sayan Chatterjee

The unparalleled legacy of Real Madrid revolves around their sky-high achievements and undisputed dominance in Europe. Los Blancos are one of the greatest clubs in the history of world football and have secured the services of famous footballers over the years.

Throughout their rich history, Real Madrid have always tempted some of the world's greatest footballers to don their royal white jersey. With a record haul of 13 European Cups and 34 league titles among other notable achievements, Real Madrid continue to be a dream club for many superstars.

Among other legendary footballers, Real Madrid have had the privilege of enjoying some breathtaking entertainers in their glorious past. On that note, let us take a look at

5 most entertaining Real Madrid players of all time

Special mentions: Cristiano Ronaldo, Hugo Sanchez, Manolo Sanchis, Luis Figo, David Beckham, Raymond Kopa.

#5 Marcelo

Real Madrid v Chelsea - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Leg One
Real Madrid v Chelsea - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Leg One

Considering the legendary footballers who played for Real Madrid, Marcelo's inclusion will come as a surprise to many. Yet the Brazilian was a tremendous entertainer on the pitch and will retire as one of the greatest left-backs in the football world.

Barring his defending skills, Marcelo was a sensational dribbler. More often than not, the Brazilian full-back would glide past opponents on the left wing with his dazzling left foot. He has produced some outrageous pieces of skill over the years.

His sensational runs forward were enough to break away from any defense. His famous assist against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League in 2017 is one such example.

Marcelo makes 100th Champions League appearance for Real Madrid. Marcelo’s trophy haul features 4 Champions League crowns, 4 Club World Cups, 3 UEFA Super Cups, 3 Copas del Rey and 4 Spanish Super Cups.

Marcelo was an excellent crosser of the ball. His crosses from wide areas carried enough venom to create a goal. Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the superstars who would enjoy this attribute of Marcelo.

Marcelo has already racked up 101 assists for Real Madrid and there is a chance to see some more in the near future.

#4 Ferenc Puskas

Ferenc Puskas, one of the greatest players of all time.
Ferenc Puskas, one of the greatest players of all time.

One of the greatest goalscorers of all time, Ferenc Puskas has cemented his legacy by breaking all goalscoring records at Real Madrid. Such is the stature of the Hungarian legend that there is a FIFA award named after him for the best goal scored in a year.

Puskas arrived at Real Madrid in his 30s, which was a difficult age for any footballer to flourish. He was different than most footballers and quickly settled into the famed Los Blancos squad with his rampant goal scoring. His shooting prowess and worldly finishing abilities made him the best striker in the world.

Barring a prolific goal scorer, Puskas was also clever enough to fool defenders with his movements. Due to his all-round abilities, the Hungarian great was a thorough entertainer and a renowned champion. Puskas ended up scoring 242 goals in 262 games for the Spanish giants, winning a plethora of trophies with the team.

#3 Ronaldo Nazario

Ronaldo of Madrid and Mustafa of Valladolid
Ronaldo of Madrid and Mustafa of Valladolid

One of Brazil's all-time greats, it is still a debate where Ronaldo Nazario would have ended up if not for his injuries. Make no mistake, Ronaldo remains one of the deadliest forwards to ever grace the game, even with all his injuries. Like all other clubs he played for, 'O fenemeno' left an incredible mark on Real Madrid.

Ronaldo was among Florentino Perez's recruits in the first batch of 'Galacticos'. In a squad which had the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo, Ronaldo stood out and proved himself to be a threat constantly. Ronaldo was a prolific goalscorer but the way he scored goals amazed fans and critics alike in world football.

📅18 Years Ago Today:🔥Ronaldo Nazario had one of the best individual performances in @ChampionsLeague history!🤩Scoring a hat-trick at Old Trafford and receiving a standing ovation from the @ManUtd fans!

Ronaldo was also a majestic dribbler, had immaculate ball control and a superior eye for goal. The Brazilian forward used to get past defenders effortlessly and score fantastic goals, much to the joy of the Santiago Bernabeu crowd. His hat-trick against Manchester United in the Champions League was proof of his capabilities.

With 103 goals in all competitions, Ronaldo ended up being one of the finest foreign recruits for Real Madrid.

#2 Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid and Michael Ballack of Bayer Leverkusen
Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid and Michael Ballack of Bayer Leverkusen

Widely regarded as one of the greatest players ever, Zinedine Zidane needs no introduction. When we talk about grace and flair on the football pitch, Zidane's name immediately comes to our mind. Real Madrid were fortunate enough to have the French genius as he helped them to unprecedented success with some brilliant football.

16 years ago today, Zinedine Zidane scored THAT volley against Bayer Leverkusen to win the Champions League.

The most fond memory of Zidane would be the majestic volley against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League final. That volley helped Real Madrid win the trophy. It was one of the greatest goals in Champions League history and is a testament to Zidane's caliber as a player.

For Real Madrid, Zidane was the definition of perfection. The French midfielder's ball control was out of the world. He would keep opponents guessing with his immense tactical intelligence. With Zidane on the ball, there was not a dull moment for the crowd at Santiago Bernabeu.

In his famed Real Madrid career, Zidane would end up with 49 goals and 68 assists. Of course, 'Zizou' would later come back as a manager and win three consecutive Champions League titles for Los Blancos.

#1 Alfredo Di Stefano

Alfredo Di Stefano presentation
Alfredo Di Stefano presentation

If there's one name which is synonymous with Real Madrid, then it is Alfredo Di Stefano. He was arguably football's first superstar, whose exploits led Real Madrid to unattainable heights in the sport. The Argentine was the undisputed talisman for the famous Los Blancos which dominated European football in 1950s and 1960s.

Famously known as 'The Blonde Arrow', Di Stefano went on to score more than 300 goals for Real Madrid. The Argentine legend has scored in five consecutive European Cup finals from 1956 to 1960.

His exploits became an integral part of Real Madrid's folklore. His skills and caliber on the pitch remain unmatched in the Spanish capital.

Alfredo Di Stefano remains the only player to win the Super Ballon d'Or and he is the greatest of the greats in Real Madrid history.

Edited by Aditya Singh


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