5 stars you probably didn’t know played for Real Madrid
- A few modern-day superstars played for Real Madrid at the youth or senior level and here are five of them you probably didn't know of.
In football, the fortunes of a player or a team can change at any moment. However, the one thing that you can bet on is Real Madrid possessing a squad full of superstars. They have the resources to sign any player on the planet or replace any outgoing superstar.
Since the Real Madrid squad is always full of superstars, it is often easy to forget some of the lesser known players who played for the club even in a title-winning season.
Take the case of Samuel Eto’o or Esteban Cambiasso for example. If it wasn’t for their hugely successful careers, most football fans would never have realised that they played for Real Madrid.
Unlike Eto’o and Cambiasso, there are many other renowned star players who represented Real Madrid at the youth level or the senior team in a few games which you probably didn’t know about.
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are archrivals but there are seven players currently at either club who have played for both sides at the youth level or senior level and one of them is the veteran Juanfran.
Juanfran started out as a winger at the Real Madrid academy and he represented the Real Madrid B team in 56 league games scoring seven goals. He made his first-team debut way back in January 2004 as a substitute in a 2-1 win over Villarreal.
The Spaniard made five more appearances for the senior team and spent the 2005/06 season on loan at Espanyol where he won the Copa del Rey before joining Osasuna on a permanent deal ahead of the 2006/07 season.
He went on to play 153 games for Osasuna scoring 13 goals in four and a half seasons before returning to Madrid albeit with Atletico. He has been with the club since and has played 342 games for them while winning seven trophies.
Interestingly, in the 2016 Champions League final against his former club, he was the only player who missed from the spot for either team.