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Ranked from 21 to 1: Every South American that Real Madrid have signed since 2000

2017-04-11 10:57:03 | Author: Muhammad Butt | Source:squawka
Abstract:South America is, without question, the home of the greatest players in history.

In the endless debate, four of the strongest candidates (Alfredo Di Stefano, Pelé, Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi) are from South America. And countless other miracle workers besides.

And Real Madrid are the grandest club in history, home to many of the game’s all-time greats (including Di Stefano). During their 115-year history, Los Blancos have signed many South American players, and we here at Squawka have had a go at ranking them.

To make the list reasonably sized, we’ve begun counting since the year 2000 – so the likes of Di Stefano, Jorge Valdano and Roberto Carlos will miss out – but there is still plenty of South American star power in this list. See who falls where!

 

21. Walter Samuel

Nationality: Argentine

Year Signed: 2004

Transfer Fee: €25m

Trophies Won: n/a

After years of dominating Serie A, Samuel was expected to be the rock at the heart of the Real Madrid defence. Instead he was more like a marshmallow. Sold after just one trophyless season.

 

20. Lucas Silva

Nationality: Brazilian

Year Signed: 2014

Transfer Fee: €14m

Trophies Won: n/a

Madrid signed Lucas Silva with the hype that they’d unearthed a midfield gem in Brazil. Turns out Silva was just bang average and lasted just six months at the Bernabeu. Currently on loan ay boyhood club Cruzeiro.

 

19. Carlos Diogo

Nationality: Uruguayan

Year Signed: 2005

Transfer Fee: €7m

Trophies Won: n/a

Signed as a Uruguayan double-act with Pablo Garcia, barely played and then went on loan to Zaragoza where he was most famous for getting into a fight with Luis Fabiano.

 

18. Pablo Garci

Nationality: Uruguayan

Year Signed: 2005

Transfer Fee: €4m

Trophies Won: n/a

Signed as a Uruguayan double-act with Carlos Diogo, Pablo Garcia just about established himself as a defensive midfielder in his first season but Fabio Capello turfed him out in the summer of 2008.

 

17. Kaka

Nationality: Brazilian

Year Signed: 2009

Transfer Fee: €68.5m

Trophies Won: 2010/11 Copa del Rey, 2011/12 La Liga, 2012 Supercopa de España

Intended to be the centrepiece of Florentino Perez’s new Real Madrid, Kaka was instead an injury-prone mess who only stayed at the Bernabeu beyond a single season, putting in minor cameos as his team-mates won trophies, because Perez refused to concede that he had made a terrible mistake making him the (then) second most expensive player on earth. A massive, gargantuan, colossal flop.

 

16. Danilo

Nationality: Brazilian

Year Signed: 2009

Transfer Fee: €31.5m

Trophies Won: 2015/16 UEFA Champions League, 2016 UEFA Super Cup, 2016 FIFA Club World Cup

Signed by Madrid to be ‘their Dani Alves’, the Brazilian has found life hard adapting to La Liga and is regularly shown up by Dani Carvajal. Could still come good, though.

 

15. Gabriel Heinze

Nationality: Argentina

Year Signed: 2007

Transfer Fee: £8m

Trophies Won: 2007/08 La Liga, 2008 Supercopa de España

The rugged Argentine defender was a decent player for Los Blancos even if he nearly always turned back and played a lateral pass rather than put a cross in. He helped them win La Liga before getting rend asunder by Pep Guardiola’s revolution in the 2-6.

 

14. Cicinho

Nationality: Brazilian

Year Signed: 2005

Transfer Fee: €6m

Trophies Won: 2006/07 La Liga

Originally billed as the ‘new Cafu’, Cicinho’s career was derailed by a cruciate ligament injury. He returned and provided the momentum to push Los Blancos over the line in the 2006/07 Liga title race, though.

 

13. Ezequiel Garay

Nationality: Argentine

Year Signed: 2008

Transfer Fee: €10m

Trophies Won: 2010/11 Copa del Rey

An incredibly solid and composed ball-playing defender, Garay was a regular starter in the Real Madrid side that amassed 96 points yet failed to win La Liga in 2009/10. Was then a back-up under Mourinho, before eventually being sold to Benfica in 2011.

 

12. Emerson

Nationality: Brazilian

Year Signed: 2006

Transfer Fee: €16m

Trophies Won: 2006/07 La Liga

Fabio Capello’s trusty right-hand man, Emerson joined Madrid at the start of 2006/07 and then was a regular all through the season as Los Blancos won La Liga. Then when Capello left at the end of the season, Emerson followed him out the door and joined AC Milan.

 

11. Julio Baptista

Nationality: Brazilian

Year Signed: 2005

Transfer Fee: €24.5m

Trophies Won: 2007/08 La Liga

Never got close to replicating his magical Sevilla form in a white shirt, but places this high because he scored arguably the best goal Real Madrid have managed at the Camp Nou in the last 10 years, sinking the Catalans in the 2007/08 Clásico.

 

10. James Rodríguez

Nationality: Colombian

Year Signed: 2014

Transfer Fee: €80m

Trophies Won: UEFA Super Cup (2), FIFA Club World Cup (2), 2015/16 UEFA Champions League

Signed with no plan, James Rodríguez nevertheless was absolutely magical in his debut season and has helped Madrid to win trophies. Has struggled for minutes under new coach Zinedine Zidane, and is now a glorified supersub.

 

9. Casemiro

Nationality: Brazilian

Year Signed: 2013

Transfer Fee: €6m + €7.5m

Trophies Won: 2013/14 Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League (2), 2016 UEFA Super Cup, 2016 FIFA Club World Cup

Originally intended to be a back-up, this Brazilian Coquelin proved so committed to the tackle that he ended up being a functional counterweight to a team that otherwise struggles to defend midfield.

 

8. Fernando Gago

Nationality: Argentine

Year Signed: 2006

Transfer Fee: €20.4m

Trophies Won: La Liga (2), 2008 Supercopa de España, 2010/11 Copa del Rey

Elegance personified, Gago helped Madrid win two Ligas before being swallowed up by Barcelona’s brilliant midfield and Florentino Perez’s mad scramble to keep up with them. Became a back-up before joining Valencia in 2012 and then Boca Juniors one year later.

 

7. Santi Solari

Nationality: Argentine

Year Signed: 2000

Transfer Fee: €5.5m

Trophies Won: La Liga (2), Supercopa de España (2), 2001/02 UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, 2002 Intercontinental Cup

Joined from Atlético Madrid in the same summer as Luis Figo (the summer of betrayals) and was a brilliantly solid squad member for the first iteration of the Galacticos, providing width and work-rate.

 

6. Robinho

Nationality: Brazilian

Year Signed: 2005

Transfer Fee: €24m

Trophies Won: La Liga (2), 2008 Supercopa de España

Before Madrid ruined his attitude by trying to use him as a makeweight to get Cristiano Ronaldo, Robinho was one of the finest attackers in La Liga. Helped Madrid win two titles (one as the driving force of the side) and inspired countless youngsters, including Neymar, with his magic skills.

 

5. Flavio Conceição

Nationality: Brazilian

Year Signed: 2000

Transfer Fee: €26m

Trophies Won: La Liga (2), 2001/02 UEFA Champions League

Everyone remembers Makélélé but they all forget Flavio Conceição – the Galacticos other defensive midfielder. Played a key role in Los Blancos’ Liga-Champions League-Liga three-year run of success before being sent out on loan to Borussia Dortmund in 2003/04 then being sold at Galatasaray.

 

4. Gonzalo Higuain

Nationality: Argentine

Year Signed: 2006

Transfer Fee: €12m

Trophies Won: La Liga (3), Supercopa de España (2), 2010/11 Copa del Rey

Signed at 18 from River Plate, immediately helped Madrid win a title and repeated that trick in his second season before Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona hurricane. Remained a key goalscoring machine despite the president and managers’ preference of sidelining strikers to feed Cristiano Ronaldo. Was eventually turfed out to Napoli in 2013 to help pay for Gareth Bale.

 

3. Ronaldo

Nationality: Brazilian

Year Signed: 2002

Transfer Fee: €46m

Trophies Won: 2002 Intercontinental Cup, La Liga (2), 2003 Supercopa de España

Coveted by Los Blancos for the longest time, they finally landed Ronaldo in the afterglow of his 2002 World Cup victory. He was instantly effective, tormenting La Liga and powering Madrid to the title. Began to fade after that but still managed to score 104 goals in 177 games for the club.

 

2. Ángel Di Maria

Nationality: Argentine

Year Signed: 2010

Transfer Fee: €34m

Trophies Won: Copa del Rey (2), 2011/12 La Liga, 2012 Supercopa de España, 2013/14 UEFA Champions League, 2014 UEFA Super Cup

José Mourinho had to fight Florentino Perez to convince him to sign Ángel Di Maria but it was a fight worth having. The versatile Argentine was a mesmeric combination of dribbling, crossing, passing and a ceaseless work-ethic. Instrumental in Real Madrid’s cup double in 2014, which of course included the fabled La Decima – a triumph delivered by Di Maria.

 

1. Marcelo

Nationality: Brazilian

Year Signed: 2005

Transfer Fee: €6.5m

Trophies Won: La Liga (3), Supercopa de España (2), Copa del Rey (2), UEFA Champions League (2), UEFA Super Cup (2), FIFA Club World Cup (2)

Signed as an 18-year-old in January 2005, Marcelo should never have made it as far as he has. Teenagers always struggle at Real Madrid, and a teenage defender? Nevertheless Marcelo has repeatedly proven his critics wrong with his magnificent play down the Madrid left flank.

At times he seems to be the main playmaker for Los Blancos – when he plays, Madrid play. His absence is always notable because Madrid’s level drops severely. Has won everything there is to win in a white shirt and is now one of the team captains. An absolute stalwart and, for a fee of just €6.5m, comfortably the best South American Madrid have signed since the turn of the millennium.

 

 


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