What is Real Madrid? Simple. The greatest football club in the world. Financially and historically, the Spanish club has been unmatched for years.
Walking out onto the turf of Santiago Bernabeu in the famous white shirt is meant only for a few among a pool of many players. The lure of the Los Merengues is too hard to reject or turn down. A club that guarantees glory and fame to the zenith of the football world.
The word Real means royal in Spanish, and the Los Blancos have a charisma that matches their name. Extremely rich with a glittering history, Real Madrid rightly sit on the throne of the greatest clubs in the world. Make no mistake, the crown in their logo signifies their absolute power and domination around the football globe.
Their glorious past is all down to the giants that have donned the white shirt at the Bernabeu. It is a long-lasting catalogue of legends that define the reason why Real have a decorated trophy cabinet. Real Madrid is always a team constructed with the names of the greatest players of the era. They are as terrifying on the pitch as they are frightening on paper.
Many great players have plied their trade at the Bernabeu. We rank the top ten midfielders who turned out for the Los Blancos, achieving insane fame and becoming immortals of the game.
Denmark's midfield master Michael Laudrup incurred the wrath of Barcelona fans, after putting pen to paper on a Real Madrid contract worth £8.64 million. His fall-out with legendary Dutchman Johan Cruyff over tactics proved to be a blessing in disguise for the Whites.
Real Madrid were going through a torrid spell and his arrival was just the required tonic they needed to get back on the top. Laudrup's advent to the Bernabeu also helped striker Ivan Zamorano hit his peak, after a misfiring season for the Los Blancos. Real's legendary striker also quoted in an interview that Laudrup was the best player he had ever played with.
Interestingly, Laudrup also remains the only player in history to be on either side of a 5-0 El Clasico victory. A player gifted with vision, the Dane was known for his silky feints and accurate passing abilities. Laudrup was greatly responsible for Real Madrid's revival from a dark period.
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Albeit he played only two seasons for Real, from 1994 to 1996, Laudrup proved to be a highly influential midfielder and an immense fan-favourite at the Bernabeu.
He scored 15 goals in only 76 appearances, winning a league title in his debut season with the club. Despite his scarce contributions, Laudrup was voted as the 12th best player in Madrid's history, according to an internet survey by Spanish daily Marca.