Real Madrid have been known, for more than a decade, to wear out players of a high standard.

Madrid have spent good money on high calibre footballers - only for them to fail miserably at the Bernabeu. 

Before signing for the club, many see the move as a once in a life time opportunity but, in fact for many stars, their career at Real has turned sour. 

Names such as Javier Saviola, Nicolas Anelka and Walter Samuel are just a few who have struggled at the club.

Saviolla was unable to show his world-class ability at the Los Blancos.

Although he was already in underwhelming form at Barcelona - he was loaned out to Monaco and Sevilla for two consecutive years - before moving to the Baernabeu.

However, after just 17 appearences for Madrid, he ended his spell in Spain - moving to Benfica in 2009.

Nicolas Anelka was another player who had a glooming spell in Madrid. After a bright season with Arsenal back in 1998, the French youngster was brought to the Bernabéu for a then record fee of £22.3 million. 

After 19 games and only scoring twice, Anelka returned to his home country for a second shot at Paris Saint-Germain.

Walter Samuel was another Madrid failure after a his move from AS Roma.

In 2004, the centre-back was considered one of the best in Europe but, after a poor spell in Madrid, the Argentinian defender was then sold to Inter Milan - where he was actually capable to impress once again with topnotch displays.

In recent years, the most expressive case has been Kaká. The former AC Milan midfielder was 2007’s UEFA Player of the Year but, did not find his brilliance on the turf of the Bernabéu. 

With a total of more than 80 games and 23 goals for Los Blancos, statistics are not impressive since the Brazilian is already in his fourth season and has played a handful of games as a substitute.

Luka Modric was the latest man with an unimpressive campaign at Madrid. Arriving from Tottenham for £30 million, as one of the best centre-midfielders Europe had to offer, he struggled to hold down a place in the side and looked, surprisingly, out of his depth in La Liga - especially in the first-half of the season. The Croatian is still at the club, but will probably face another move in the near future.

Madrid have certainly provided some world-class talent in recent years, but there are many players who have failed at the Bernabeu. 


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