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5 Real Madrid rejects who are doing just fine 

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Real Madrid v UD Almeria - La Liga
Santiago Bernabeu

Real Madrid have certainly had their fair share of world class players over the years from the scintillating Cristiano Ronaldo to the enthralling Zinedine Zidane. But there are also a lot of players who have slipped out of Madrid's hands.

Madrid are known to be interested in pretty much every player who is in the form of their life and no matter what the value, they always get their man.

Arguably the biggest club in the world, Madrid have made some good and bad investments.

Many have failed at the Bernabeu but have gone on to show their worth and talent for other teams.

If you're a Madrid supporter, then take a deep breath before taking a look at what could have been for these five players at the Bernabeu.

5) Mesut Ozil

Real Madrid CF v Athletic Club - La Liga
Ozil was spectacular at Real Madrid

Ozil became a recognised player at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa at the age of 21. His German squad made it all the way to the semi-finals but were knocked out by eventual winners Spain.

During that process, Ozil gathered the world's attention with a phenomenal half-volleyed goal against Ghana in the group stages. He was nominated for the Golden Ball Award and was also ranked first in assists in major European and domestic competitions with 25.

His display at the 2010 World Cup earned him a contract with Real Madrid later that summer, and he departed from Bundesliga club, Werder Bremen, after a two-year spell.


Throughout Ozil's three years at Madrid, the German made over 100 appearances and scored 19 goals but his highlight at the Spanish club, as a creative player, was his distribution to his teammates.

In the 2010/11 season where Madrid finished runners-up in the La Liga table to rivals Barcelona, Ozil provided 17 assists finishing second in the league's assists table, just one behind Lionel Messi. An achievement at the time for the German midfielder to be happy with.

In the following season, Ozil matched the same amount of assists of 17 enough to get the most assists in La Liga of the 2011/12 campaign and enough to help Madrid become champions of Spain once more.

Ozil left Madrid for Arsenal in the 2013 summer transfer window shocking many Madrid fans, the German's colleagues and teammates. The likes of Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Arbeloa were gutted to see him go.

When Gareth Bale joined Madrid in the summer for a world record transfer fee, at the time, of £86 million, club president Florentino Perez needed to recoup some money and this was the reason behind Ozil getting axed.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti said Ozil's performance in training did not have enough intensity. Ozil's addition proved to be a great signing for the Gunners manager Arsene Wenger. In his four-year stay at the London club, Ozil has had good success winning three FA Cups in four seasons and has been a key player at the Emirates Stadium.

His football in the Premier League has been no distraction to his international duties winning the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 after his first season at Arsenal.

The world-class midfielder's best season so far was in the 2015/16 Premier League season where he assisted 19 goals.

Ozil has proved to the Spanish giants that he has still got it and has consistently shown his footballing abilities in the Premier League.

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