Real Madrid has been a dream destination for many Premier League stars over the years. Los Blancos enjoy a staggering amount of success and attention, and are arguably the biggest club in Europe.
With 34 league titles and 13 European Cups, Real Madrid have been the home of some of the all-time greats in their illustrious history. The Spanish giants have been renowned for breaking transfer records over the years.
Some of the Premier League's finest have featured for Real Madrid
Real Madrid have always had their sights on the Premier League's best footballers since its inception in 1992. The Bernabeu has always been an attractive destination for players to reach their full potential after breaking out with their Premier League clubs. The signing of Eden Hazard from Chelsea was the most recent evidence of this fact.
Without further delay, let's take a look at the five greatest Real Madrid signings from the Premier League.
#5 Xabi Alonso
Xabi Alonso was one of the best deep-lying playmakers in his era, renowned for his passing range, tactical intelligence and technical proficiency. The midfielder made a name for himself in the Premier League, racking up 18 goals and 16 assists in over 200 appearances for Liverpool.
Alonso arrived at Real Madrid in 2009 from the Premier League and quickly proved himself to be the missing piece in the puzzle for Los Blancos. The Spaniard was the one who made it all tick for the La Liga giants by pulling the strings from midfield.
Alonso helped Real Madrid win La Liga with a record 100 points under Jose Mourinho in the 2011-12 season. The former Premier League star was also pivotal for Los Blancos as they won two Copa Del Rey trophies and one UEFA Champions League title, among other notable accolades during his tenure.
#4 David Beckham
David Beckham was the Premier League's blue-eyed boy - a key element of Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson's tutelage. A renowned member of the famed 'Class of 92', the Englishman racked up 85 goals and 106 assists for the Red Devils before securing his move to Real Madrid.
Beckham was close to joining Barcelona but eventually ended up at the Santiago Bernabeu. The legendary midfielder bagged 20 goals and 51 assists in 159 appearances for Real Madrid.
During his tenure, Beckham helped Los Blancos win a La Liga title and a Spanish Super Cup trophy as the 'Galacticos' team struggled to meet lofty expectations in the Spanish capital.
#3 Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale took the Premier League by storm. The winger was a talisman for Tottenham Hotspur during his tenure at the club, and his awe-inspiring abilities often made them almost a one-man team. His performances forced Real Madrid to take notice of the Welshman and secure his services for a then-world record fee of €101 million in 2013.
Blessed with blistering pace and a superb left-foot, Bale was a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League. He racked up 72 goals and 63 assists for Spurs before his shift to the Spanish capital.
At Real Madrid, Bale formed a dangerous trio with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. The Welshman was also crucial in the side's four Champions League wins, scoring in two Champions League finals for Los Blancos.
Bale's relationship with the club and fans has deteriorated in the last few years but his move to Real Madrid remains a successful one.
#2 Luka Modric
Luka Modric is another signing from Tottenham Hotspur who will retire as one of the most important players in Real Madrid's history. The midfielder made a name for himself in the Premier League before moving to the La Liga giants in 2012.
Modric took some time to find his feet in the Spanish capital but proved his naysayers wrong with time. The Croatian genius was at the heart of the Madrid team which went on to win four Champions League trophies in five years.
Modric also broke the duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to claim the coveted Ballon d'Or in 2018. With 17 trophies during his tenure at Real Madrid, the former Premier League star continues to be a key player for Carlo Ancelotti's side at the age of 36.
#1 Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo needs no introduction. The greatest goalscorer in Real Madrid’s rich history takes our #1 spot following his extraterrestrial exploits with the club. After arriving from Old Trafford in 2009, Ronaldo scored 450 goals in 438 appearances during his nine-year tenure at the club.
Ronaldo was already a world beater in the Premier League, playing a key role in the Manchester United's success under Sir Alex Ferguson. The Portuguese icon went on to establish himself as one of the greatest players of all time for Los Blancos.
Ronaldo helped Real Madrid enjoy unprecedented domination on the European circuit with his otherworldly exploits in the Champions League. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has now returned to Manchester United and continues to fire on all cylinders for the Red Devils.
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