5 Youngest Players to play for Real Madrid
Real Madrid without doubt is one of the most famous and perhaps the most successful club in the history of football. The word 'Real' is Spanish for Royal and was bestowed to the club by King Alfonso XIII in 1920 together with the royal crown in the emblem.
Over the years, some of the best players of the game have adorned the iconic and influential all-white jersey of Los Blancos.
Representing Real Madrid is always a matter of pride for any player due to its rich history. The white jersey also brings with a huge burden of expectations. Many players have fallen by the wayside after failing to cope up with the pressure.
While many players would love to even be given a chance to play for the club at the fag end of their careers, some players have been lucky enough to have got a chance to represent this famous club at a very young age. So, who are the youngest players ever to have represented Real Madrid?
Here is a look at the top five youngest players in that list.
#5 Javi García
A product of Real Madrid's youth system, García was born in the Mula region of Murcia and played three La Liga matches for the first team while still a junior. He made his debut at the age of 17 years 9 months and 20 days in a 5-0 home win against Levante UD in the 2004/05 season.
A defensive midfielder by nature, he could also slot in as a central defender if and when required. However, his career at Real Madrid failed to take off after that and he remained on the fringes of the first team for the next three seasons.
He was sold to fellow La Liga club CA Osasuna in the 2007 summer transfer window. García's contract included a buyback clause that could see him return to Real Madrid for €4 million. On 29 April 2008, Osasuna officially reported that the former had exercised their purchase option, and the player returned to the Santiago Bernabéu.
This too proved to be a false dawn as he moved to Portuguese club S.L Benfica in the 2009 transfer window, bringing down the curtains on his Real Madrid career.
Over the course of four seasons he made only 24 appearances for the club before leaving Madrid once and for all.