Real Madrid's 5 most influential players of All Time
Real Madrid. Mighty, mighty Real Madrid.
Over the past century, no club has dominated the world's footballing scene quite like Real Madrid - arguably the biggest football entity in the world, Kings of Europe more times than anyone else, and all-around footballing behemoth.
So many great players have come and gone through the grand doors of Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and this list does not purport to rank them on the basis of who is the better football... rather with a combination of off-and-on field contributions, we look to see who's had the most influence in making Real Madrid the mammoth footballing brand that it is today:
#5 Iker Casillas
As the story goes, Iker Casillas was called up to the senior squad for the first-time whilst on the way to attending a school exam. He was 16.
Three years later he was in goal as Madrid won the UEFA Champions League for the eighth time. And he would protect his club's goalposts with the fervent dedication of a Saint.
San Iker. Saint Iker.
He was the counter-weight to the Galactico-era, a local boy come good, a fan who became a hero, arguably the greatest product of La Fabrica and the man who held sway within the Madrid dressing room for large parts of the 2000s. Even as a young man, he was the embodiment of the fans - along with Raul and Guti, their emotional connect with the team, their soul clad in white - and the influence he had in the club's history can never be underestimated.
One of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, he was everything that was good about Madrid - and as he showed during his last couple of years everything that was bad about the club.