Real Madrid: Top 5 transfers since 2009
During the turn of the 21st Century, Real Madrid under the rule of Florentino Perez established the "Galácticos". This world famous concept is centered around the idea of buying the best players in the world and putting them into one single team.
There have been two clear eras of the Galácticos and, with the new signing of Eden Hazard, we may be entering a third. In the first era of the Galácticos, Los Blancos bought the likes of Luis Figo, Zidane, Ronaldo, Beckham, and Michael Owen, to name a few.
Despite these huge signings however, the club 'only' managed to win a single Champions League and a couple of La Liga titles during this period. However, this didn't deter Real Madrid from ushering in a second era of the Galácticos in 2008, when Perez was once again elected to serve as Real Madrid's club president.
This article will look at this second period and list arguably the 5 best signings by Real Madrid during this time.
#5 Xabi Alonso
Although Xabi Alonso may not have been afforded the same praise that his Spanish compatriots Xavi and Andres Iniesta received, he was nonetheless one of the best midfielders in the world during his peak.
Having come from Liverpoo, Alonso was the midfield maestro needed for Madrid back in 2009. Along with Angel Di Maria, Mesut Ozil and Kaka, Alonso was part of one the best midfield lineups in the early 2010s.
He left Liverpool for £30 Million in the same transfer window as Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo rated the Spaniard so highly that in 2012 the Portuguese said his Spanish teammate was "irreplaceable".
He helped the team win the Copa del rey, La Liga, and the Champions League during his tenure with Real Madrid, before leaving the club for German giants Bayern Munich in the summer of 2014.