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10 Real Madrid transfers in the last decade that failed to impress

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Real Madrid have always been known for their tendency to splurge in the transfer market as part of their Galacticos policy. This transfer policy has worked very well for them, as they have been able to attract the best footballers in the world such Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and Cristiano Ronaldo.However, what also comes with this policy is the fact that many of those signings turned out to be duds. We look at 10 Real Madrid transfers in the last decade that failed to impress.

#1 Walter Samuel

Samuel last played for Swiss champions Basel, but the veteran is known for his time with Italian club Internazionale, for whom he played for nine years and was also part of Inter’s treble winning squad in 2010.

The Argentine defender’s first club in Europe was AS Roma, for whom he played from 2000 to 2004, before completing a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid. Real Madrid paid €25 million for his transfer in 2004, but Samuel failed to make any sort of impact at the club and he was sold to Internazionale for €16 million just a year later.

Samuel was one of the key players at Inter during Jose Mourinho’s stint with the Nerazzurri and, during the same period when Samuel was on the top of his game, former England manager Fabio Capello, who coached Samuel at Roma, said it still surprises him that Samuel did not make it at Real Madrid. 

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Published 26 Nov 2014, 04:49 IST
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