Real Madrid has had quite a busy summer so far. After completing the signings of Porto’s Eder Militao and Flamengo’s Rodrygo before the end of the season, they signed Eden Hazard, Benjamin Mendy, and Luka Jovic.
If that wasn’t enough, the team is still reportedly trying to wrap their hands around another replacement, with Christian Eriksen, Paul Pogba, and Donny van de Beek as their targets.
Throughout the course of their history, Los Blancos have made a name out of signing a lot of good players, but sometimes, that wasn’t actually for the best.
With all that competition, some promising players were in line for long spells in the sidelines, so they eventually have to get out of Santiago Bernabeu to take their careers back off the ground.
Today, we’re going to let you know about 5 players you may have forgotten played for Real Madrid over the past 10 years:
5. Nuri Sahin
Nuri Sahin was once considered one of the world’s most promising midfielders after a breakout season with Borussia Dortmund, so Jose Mourinho set his eyes on him and signed him for just €10 million back in 2011.
However, constant injuries and a crowded midfield didn’t help his case with Los Blancos, where he’d only made 4 appearances. Then, he’d be sent to Liverpool on loan, but he was never the same player. Now, he’s in and out of Werder Bremen’s starting XI.
4. Rafael van der Vaart
Around 2007, Real Madrid became really fond of Dutch players, and Rafael van der Vaart was a rising star they couldn’t take their eyes off. Los Blancos got him for just €13 million from Hamburg SV, inking him to a 5-year contract.
Van der Vaart actually had some bright moments with Real Madrid, but Manuel Pellegrini didn’t think he’d be a part of his long-term plans. He even took the number 23 jersey away from him in favor of Esteban Granero, and Tottenham eventually signed him for €8 million. He scored 12 games on 73 caps for Madrid and won 1 Supercopa de España.
3. Emmanuel Adebayor
Back in 2011, Real Madrid were stacked up front with Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain taking turns as the team’s starting striker, but Jose Mourinho wanted to have an insurance policy to put pressure on both of their shoulders.
So, Los Blancos got Emmanuel Adebayor on a surprising loan from Manchester City, and he actually had some pretty decent numbers given the minutes he had. He went on to score 8 goals on 22 caps for Los Blancos but was sent back to England as soon as his loan ran off.
2. Marcos Alonso
Long before becoming one of the English Premier League’s best full-backs, Marcos Alonso spent his days on the Real Madrid academy, where he walked his first steps as a football player before testing the waters overseas.
Alonso made a single appearance with Madrid’s first team in 2010 before being sold to the Bolton Wanderers, where he thrived for three seasons. Then, he’d join Fiorentina and eventually Chelsea, where he’s grown to become a regular name on Spain’s national team.
Nowadays, Fabinho is considered one of the world’s top defensive midfielders, but he actually started his career as a center-back until he left Real Madrid. First discovered by Fluminense and then Rio Ave, he joined Real Madrid Castilla on loan.
Then, he’d made an appearance and join Real Madrid’s first team for the preseason, but was eventually loaned back to AS Monaco, where he’d become a full-back and midfielder. Now, he’s a UEFA Champions League winner and Brazil’s boss at the center of the pitch.