5 world class players who rejected Real Madrid
Real Madrid seemingly have the power to pick the players they want to sign. There aren't;t too many who would say no to the Spanish giants considering the brand they have built and the history of the club.
Almost every young footballer dreams of making the move to the Bernabeu. Many have tried and failed to make the cut and were forced to leave to revitalize their careers. Others have made their dreams come true in Madrid, but there are some who got the opportunity but decided to turn it down.
It takes some willpower to reject a move to one of the most popular clubs in the world but these 5 did exactly that:
5) Marco Verratti
Marco Verratti is one of the best central midfielders in Europe and he is still only 23. He made his first team debut aged 19 right after making the move from Pescara in Italy. Verratti had offers from various clubs ever since he started playing for the Italian minnows.
His talent was there for all to see and there were several big clubs ready to sign him on but he chose the French outfit and has stayed with them since. Verratti recently made it public that he had the chance to join Real Madrid in the summer.
In fact, this wasn’t the first time Madrid have tried to sign him. Los Blancos have reportedly scouted him several times and probably wanted him to be the ideal successor to Luka Modric who is now in his 30s.
But Verratti decided to stay at PSG and also explained why he snubbed a move to the Bernabeu in an interview recently. “I want to win something with this shirt. It’s not that I technically turned Real Madrid down, it’s that when I am happy in a team, I don’t even want to begin negotiations with another club.”
The Italian still might move in the future but this might have butfor now PSG can count their stars lucky he’s still wearing their blue.