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Top 5 superstars that Barcelona And Real Madrid raided from the Premier League

Here's a look at the top 5 Premier League stars who then moved to Barcelona or Real Madrid

Top 5 / Top 10 10 Oct 2017, 17:29 IST

Manchester United v Liverpool - Premier League
Cristiano Ronaldo traded the red of Manchester United for the whites of Real Madrid

Spanish giants - Barcelona and Real Madrid are well known as the home of the greatest footballers. This is why every talented player wants to play for these two teams. They have had a lot of great superstars representing the club in the past.

Maradona, Ronaldo De Lima, Johan Cruyff, Alfredo De Stefano, Patrick Kluivert, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry, Henrik Larsson to mention just a few, played for these giant clubs.

The policy of accumulating the world's best players is very effective and awesome, but its effects does not favour other teams. It involves that other clubs will lose their star players to Barca and Madrid.

The Premier League, in particular, has lost their top assets to the Spanish teams in the past and it really hurts to recall those memories.

Therefore let's look at the top 5 players that the Spanish giants have taken from the EPL in recent years. See the list below:

#5 Ruud van Nistelrooy

Manchester United v Manchester City
Ruud van Nistelrooy was a fan favourite at Manchester before he moved to Real Madrid

Ruud Van Nistelrooy made his mark in Europe in his playing days, with clubs like PSV and Manchester United. The striker was signed by English Premier League club, Manchester United in 2001 for a record fee of £19 million.

At Manchester United, he had a successful career winning the Premier League, FA Cup, Football League Cup and Community Shield. The Dutch striker scored a total of 150 goals in just 219 matches for the Red Devils. He became a strong force in the United squad and became, back then, the all-time European goalscorer.

He was at the peak of his career when Manchester United fans got hit with their worst nightmare as Real Madrid lured him away to the Spanish capital in 2006, in a deal worth €14 million.

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