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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

#4 Paul Pogba

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Real Madrid rejected Paul Pogba twice before his Man United move

Real Madrid made desperate attempts to sign Paul Pogba in the summer of 2016. However, they were trounced by his former club Manchester United, who paid a record fee to bring him back to Old Trafford. Come to think of it, Real could have been saved of all that trouble, had Florentino Perez not rejected signing the Frenchman twice in the past.

Pogba was offered to Real Madrid for the first time in 2012 when he was looking for frequent first-team opportunities. The move would have been a wrong decision for both the parties since Real already had Xabi Alonso in their ranks and Bernabeu isn't exactly a good place for youngsters to shine.

The second chance came in 2015 when director Jose Angel Sanchez successfully brokered an agreement with Mino Raiola, the player's agent. However, the president rejected him yet again, only to see him joining the Red Devils in England.

Today, the Frenchman is regarded as one of the finest midfielders in the world and he would have been the perfect successor to an ageing Luka Modric, had Real signed him in the past. Deciding against going for Paul Pogba will surely remain one of the biggest modern day regrets of Los Merengues.

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Published 08 Feb 2018, 13:12 IST
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