It’s not a secret that Real Madrid became arguably the most important football club in the world ever since his days of winning five consecutive European Cups. Led by players like Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas, Real Madrid went to become the most important team in Europe; this also served to help both the team and the players change the way footballers did business.
Ever since that, Los Blancos have been a spending machine when it comes to signing prominent youngsters, players ready to become stars or proved players looking for bigger challenges. These practices have worked very well for the Spanish giants most of the time, but there have been some other players that didn’t do so well when their time to play at Santiago Bernabeu came.
Madrid has a huge history on that matter and more in recent times when everybody is sold as the next big thing. However, there is a group of players who make it to the worst of the worst when it comes to being a Real Madrid player. These are the five worst players Real Madrid has signed in the last 10 years.
Just like we stated before, Sahin landed in Madrid expected to be the next big thing in his position. The central midfielder was a very good surprise as part of the squad of Borussia Dortmund that won the 2010/11 Bundesliga title. He was a young promise and Madrid instantly turned its eyes to him, taking the Turkish player to Spain that summer.
Despite the high consideration he had in Madrid, Sahin was loaned to Liverpool just six months following his arrival to Spain. He then went to play for Borussia Dortmund on loan from Liverpool and never came back to Madrid after that. Injuries and lack of opportunities condemned Sahin to have a nearly non-existent stint in Madrid (he barely played four games), inscribing his name in the list of players that Los Blancos ruined.
If you never heard of this player, don’t worry; Julien Faubert is only famous for being a major fiasco for Real Madrid. Back in his day with West Ham United, Faubert only played a few minutes with the Hammers and that seemed to be enough for Los Blancos, who decided to sign French defender.
They got Julien on loan for €1.5 million despite not being considered a player capable of becoming important in Real Madrid. Time proved his doubters were right since Faubert was unable to get used to being part of the most important club in the world. Faubert missed training when he thought he had a day off and was spotted sleeping in a game between Madrid and Villarreal. He only played 60 minutes for the White House in only two caps, becoming an infamous case in Real Madrid’s history.
Jose Mourinho’s time in Real Madrid was full of these signings, too, and the Portuguese boss was guilty of them as well. Here is the case of Pedro Leon, a midfielder who helped Getafe to qualify to Europe scoring a decent amount of goals and a very important number of assists. He was signed by Real Madrid in 2010 as a very promising player.
However, and as you might think, Leon was never able to succeed in Valdebebas, getting into fights with teammates, not counting with much opportunities to play in the first team or any other according to reports. He only played in six games with the club before going back to Getafe on loan; Leon was blocked by both Jose Mourinho and the team in more than one occasion when teams tried to sign the Spaniard.
Pedro stopped being a Madrid player in 2013, where Getafe signed him permanently.
Another random signing for Real Madrid was French midfielder Lass Diarra, who had a couple of good seasons in English side Portsmouth when the Spanish giants brought him to the capital of Spain. As crazy as this move was, Madrid supporters still had some faith on Lass, but that hope later fell apart.
Even though his beginning in Madrid was good, Lass’ journey in Los Blancos was getting worse and worse as the years came by. He was transfer listed at some point of his tenure at Santiago Bernabeu, didn’t participate in the 2011 preseason of the club and following that, his chances of being a starter were decreasing week after week. He left the club in 2012 after failing to success with Los Blancos again, being remembered as one of the worst transfers in recent years.
When Kaka landed in Madrid from Milan, where he was named the best player in the world and won the Ballon d’Or, every fan around the world thought there wasn’t going to be any competition for Madrid in every tournament they play. Albeit things started decently, they fell apart very quickly.
Real Madrid paid €65 million for the Brazilian star, who was set to become the leader of his new team even though they were thinking about signing Cristiano Ronaldo for their ranks. Sadly for Kaka, the club and his fans, he never was able to replicate the same performances he had during his Milan days.
Injuries and poor performances condemned the Brazilian midfielder to leave Madrid with more grief than glory after four seasons of struggles that affected his game in a big way.