5 Players Who Snubbed Barcelona to Sign for Real Madrid
Real Madrid and Barcelona are undeniably the two most prestigious football clubs in the world. Both sides have enjoyed decades of continued success, and the two teams are home to some of the games biggest superstars.
The power of both Madrid and Barcelona has meant that the two Spanish sides are locked in a continued battle for dominance, and this has led to football's most famous rivalry, El Clasico.
The battle between the two great rivals sometimes even spills off the field, as the two clubs often want to sign the same players.
Both clubs have launched bids for the same player, and this has led to superstars being able to pick which of the Spanish clubs to sign for. Madrid do not always come out on top, however, here are five notable players that chose to play in the famous all-white kit.
#5 Vinicius Junior
Real Madrid paid nearly £40 million for 16-year-old Vinicius Junior, despite the fact that he had never played a senior game for his then club, Flamengo. The player is considered by many to be the future of the Brazilian national team and Madrid were desperate not to miss out on the player, as they have forever regretted missing out on Neymar.
Vinicius Junior stated that he had snubbed Barcelona for Real Madrid because he 'wanted to play for the biggest club in the world'. Junior has made his breakthrough in Spain much sooner than expected, and rumors of a Brazil call-up are already been rumored.
#4 Mesut Ozil
After a series of breathtaking performances at the 2010 World Cup, Mesut Ozil had his pick of clubs to sign for. Current employers Arsenal were interested, however, Barcelona and Real Madrid were the two front-runners for the German's signature.
Ozil ultimately chose to move to the Spanish capital after feeling that the club wanted him more. Pep Guardiola failed to meet the German in person, whereas Jose Mourinho fought tirelessly to convince the then 21-year-old to sign for his team. Ozil spent three impressive seasons with Madrid before being sold to Arsenal for £42 million in 2013.