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Top 5 world-class players Real Madrid regret not signing

  • Real Madrid have always signed the world's best footballers but here are five talents they rejected
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Modified 08 Feb 2018, 13:12 IST

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Real Madrid have rejected a few top-notch footballers in the past

Sounds quite weird, doesn't it? Since time immemorial, the club has earned a notorious recognition for robbing several clubs of their star talents. They have been one of the dominant forces in the transfer market; they have purchased almost every player they have laid their eyes on.

If you ever care to read their history, there's an array of legendary footballers who have played in their ranks.

However, as much as they have bought almost all the superstars of a generation, Real Madrid have also decided on rejecting a few others. As a result, they might certainly rue about not making moves for certain players in the past.

On that note, let's have a look at five such footballers the club decided against signing.

#5 Francesco Totti

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Real Madrid tried hard to sign Francesco Totti from Roma

Rightly labelled Il Re di Roma (The King of Rome), Francesco Totti is a peerless legend, given his faithful 25-year service for AS Roma. The Italian was pursued by almost every big club in the world in his prime but turned them down out of the love for his boyhood club.

One of those clubs was Real Madrid. Totti's case is different in contrast to other players on this list. Los Blancos tried desperately hard to sign him when he was 26, but all attempts went futile. As much as the Spanish giants rue their failure, so does the Italian.

When asked about the biggest regrets in his career, he said,

"My regrets are not playing with Ronaldo, the Brazilian one, and not winning the Champions League with Roma."


Apparently, Real Madrid tried to sign him in 2003, in order to bolster their attack and partner him with Il Fenomeno in their star-studded lineup. Just imagine what a fearsome force they would have become if Totti has swapped clubs!

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Published 08 Feb 2018, 13:12 IST
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