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Real Madrid's team of the decade (2010-2019)

Taha Memon
ANALYST
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24 Nov 2019, 00:57 IST

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final
Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final

Domestically, the 2010s have not been the best decade for Real Madrid, with arch-rivals Barcelona dominating the La Liga for the most part. However, the Los Blancos have established themselves as the greatest club of all time in this sport, thanks to their dominating performances in the Champions League.

With 4 Champions League titles in the last ten years, this decade has been one of the most memorable ones in the Spanish club's history.

The club went through some transition phases and some brilliant managers, which included the likes of Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, and Zinedine Zidane.

The Spanish capital has always been a top destination for the game's greatest players and fans have seen some amazing Galacticos represent their club the last few years. Here, we make a list of the best Real Madrid XI this decade, and it includes some brilliant names.


Defence

Goalkeeper - Keylor Navas

Navas was part of the team who did a 3peat of the Champions League
Navas was part of the team who did a 3peat of the Champions League

There is no doubt that Iker Casillas is the best goalkeeper in the history of Real Madrid. However, the former club captain was past his best after Madrid won the Champions League in 2014, and it was Keylor Navas who took over the position from him.

It was no easy task taking the goalkeeping mantle from Casillas, but the Latin American goalkeeper performed outstandingly well.

An integral part of the Madrid team who dominated Europe, Navas is still one of the best goalkeepers in the league. He represented Madrid with pride for over five seasons, and he is a great shot-stopper who steps up in clutch moments. He slides in here without much debate.

Right-back - Dani Carvajal

Real Madrid v Galatasaray: Group A - UEFA Champions League
Real Madrid v Galatasaray: Group A - UEFA Champions League
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One of the most underrated players in the history of the Los Blancos, Dani Carvajal has been a consistent part of the back four for the past several years. The Spanish international joined Real Madrid in 2013, and he has been a vital part of the defence since then.

Appreciated by all the managers who have taken charge of Real Madrid, Carvajal is a no-nonsense defender who is quick on his feet and an able tackler. He is still only 27 and has a few great years left at the top of his game.

Centre-back - Sergio Ramos

Ramos is one of the greatest players in Madrid
Ramos is one of the greatest players in Madrid's history

This one is an absolute no-brainer - Sergio Ramos is the current captain of the Spanish club, and he has established himself as one of the best players in the history of the club. Taking over the captainship from Casillas in 2015, Ramos has been involved in some of the most iconic moments in Madrid history.

His equalising header in added time in the 2014 Champions League final against Atletico Madrid is one of the biggest moments in footballing history.

Madrid's highest-scoring defender, the Spanish centre-back is a dynamic personality who is tough as boots. Although often lacking in discipline, Ramos is one of the most clutch players in the history of the game and often leads through example.

Centre-back - Raphael Varane

Varane is one of the best defenders of the last decade
Varane is one of the best defenders of the last decade

Establishing himself as a first-choice centre-back under Jose Mourinho, Raphael Varane just makes this list over Pepe. The World Cup-winning defender has been a part of Real Madrid since 2011 but started making a name for himself in the 2012-13 season.

Since his first Champions League title with the club in 2014, Varane has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world.

The tall centre-back is agile, a great tackler, and a good passer of the ball. Still only 26, Varane has achieved almost everything in his career, and it remains to be seen what the future holds for this brilliant defender.

Left-back - Marcelo

Marcelo is one of the best fullbacks in the history of the game
Marcelo is one of the best fullbacks in the history of the game

Marcelo has been named to the FIFPro World XI six times, the UEFA Team of the Year three times and La Liga's Team of the Season in 2016. The left-back is one of the best fullbacks in the history of the game, and his chemistry with Real Madrid's forwards often makes the team's offence tick.

Marcelo has been a part of the Los Blancos for almost 12 seasons now, and he is still a menace every time he steps on to the field. The Brazilian international is renowned for his crosses and offensive ability and has stepped up frequently in a lot of big games.

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