5 signings Real Madrid want you to forget about
Real Madrid have signed world-class players who've guided the team to silverware, but a few signings have been woeful.
Real Madrid has seen unprecedented success in their rich and glorious history. They have won the Champions League a record 11 times, 2 times in the last 3 years, and have also won the La Liga the highest number of times - 32; 8 more than their arch-rivals Barcelona at 24.
They are a team that aims to win every trophy available to them in a calendar year; their ruthlessness in this regard is clearly visible due to the revolving managerial door at the Los Blancos. Their thirst for consistent success saw both Carlo Ancelotti and Rafa Benitez shown the door in quick succession.
Most of this success has been built upon the backs of some truly great players - ‘The Galacticos’. The likes of Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima, David Beckham, Raul, Iker Casillas, Roberto Carlos, Fabio Cannavaro and Kaka have all called the Santiago Bernabeu home at some point in their careers. Each has contributed in one way or the other in making Real the footballing powerhouse that is it today.
However, not every signing turns out as expected. There are plenty of reasons why a signing may fail; the pressure of an enormous price tag, being unable to acclimatise to the new surroundings or simply not being good enough to step up to a higher level.
Let’s take a look at 5 signings that Real Madrid fans will probably be in a hurry to forget about.
#5 Elvir Baljic
Madrid fans can be forgiven for going “Who?” considering that he hardly played 11 games and scored just one goal for Madrid between 1999 and 2002.
At one point in time, though, Baljic was averaging more than a goal every other game in Turkey and was one of the most exciting wingers in world football. He started his career at FK Sarajevo before going to play for Bursaspor and then domestic giants Fenerbahce.
His exploits in Turkey caught the eye of many of Europe’s top clubs, but the Los Blancos won the race for his signature, parting with a hefty €26 milion back then to bring him to Madrid.
His career got off on an incredibly sour note with the winger rupturing his cruciate ligament in pre-season. He never managed to recover from the injury and was loaned out twice during his stay in the Spanish capital.
His contract was terminated by mutual consent in 2002, paving the way for a return to Turkey and further spells with Galatasaray, Konyaspor and few other clubs.
He retired in 2008 and worked as assistant manager for his home nation of Bosnia and Herzegovina between 2010 and 2014.