Top 5 English stars who moved to LaLiga
This week has seen a somewhat unlikely transfer, as England right-back Kieran Trippier made the move from Tottenham Hotspur to LaLiga giants Atletico Madrid for a fee of around £20m.
Trippier will be looking to impress his new boss Diego Simeone, but if he does manage to succeed in Spain he’ll join a very short list of English players to do so.
In fact, only 19 English players have ever moved to La Liga – and fewer still have made the move during the Premier League era. Will Trippier succeed in Madrid? We’ll find out in the new season, but for now he joins the following 5 players in making the move to a sunnier climate.
Here are 5 English players who made the jump to La Liga – and how they fared.
#1 David Beckham – Real Madrid
Probably the most famous footballer on the planet at the point that he joined Real Madrid from Manchester United, David Beckham made the move to the Bernabeu in the summer of 2003 for a surprisingly cheap-sounding fee of around €37m.
Rumours of his departure from Old Trafford had been rife throughout the preceding season after he fell out with Sir Alex Ferguson, but it was still a massive deal when Beckham became Real’s latest Galactico, following in the footsteps of Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo, who had previously joined Los Blancos.
Always a somewhat underrated player due to the sheer magnitude of his fame off the pitch, Beckham settled into life at Real almost immediately and helped the side to a victory in the Spanish Super Cup, and managed to score five times in his first 16 matches for his new side.
Despite his best efforts however, trophies were hard to come by for Beckham at the Bernabeu; outside of that initial Super Cup win, Beckham’s only triumph while at Real came in the form of a LaLiga title in 2006/07 – coincidentally his final season at the club before his move to LA Galaxy.
Beckham ended his time at Real Madrid with a total of 155 appearances, 20 goals and 48 assists, and while he didn’t win as many titles or trophies as he did during his time at Manchester United. It’d be hard to claim he wasn’t a success in general, and his move to Spain remains a somewhat iconic one simply for what it represented at the time; the peak of Real’s Galactico era.