Real Madrid have won the UEFA Champions League three times in a row. They also lifted the FIFA Club World Cup successfully in the last three years, cementing their place as the biggest football club in the world.
Los Blancos are not in the best of form currently and are placed fourth in the LaLiga table in the ongoing season. In the 16 matches played, they have won 9, drawn 2, and lost 5, and have 29 points on board.
The most successful club in Spanish football has a knack of winning silverware and that is unlikely to stop. One can expect The Vikings to bounce back soon and get things right.
A lot of legendary players hung up their boots at the Santiago Bernabeu. There is also a bunch of players who took up coaching or managerial roles after bidding adieu to the club. Meanwhile, there is also a select group of players went on to play in lesser-known domestic leagues around the world.
Many fans across the world follow only European football. In this article, we take a look at 5 former Real Madrid stars you would not have imagined are still active -- playing for clubs in lesser-followed leagues in the world.
#5 Julio Baptista
Julio Baptista was with the Madrid giants for three years (from 2005 to 2008). However, the attacking midfielder was loaned to Arsenal for the 2006–2007 season.
In the 77 appearances for Real Madrid overall, Julio scored 13 goals and also made 6 assists. The Brazilian player is still active and playing for Romanian first division club CFR Cluj. Julio came to be known as "The Beast" for his physical strength and presence on the field.
The 37-year-old has played for multiple clubs across the globe -- São Paulo and Cruzeiro (in Brazil); Sevilla, Real Madrid, and Malaga (in Spain); Roma (in Italy); Orlando City (in the USA), and now CFR Cluj (in Romania).
Baptista was also a part of the Brazilian national team during his prime years and was part of the squad when they won the FIFA Confederations Cup (in 2005 and 2009) and Copa América (in 2004 and 2007).