There is no other club in Europe that can match the history, the prestige and the consistent success of Real Madrid.

Los Merengues are the most successful club ever regarding European success, with their nine European championships being a number that can hardly be passed.

From Santiago Bernabeu in 1911, to Di Stefano and Puskas in the 50s, Hugo Sanches in the 80s, Raul, Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo and many others since then, Real Madrid sides have included some of the greatest players of all time.

Formation : 4-1-2-1-2

Goalkeeper : Iker Casillas

His name should be etched on the goal posts of the Bernabeu. The Real Madrid defence was a shambles for years just as well "Saint Iker" was plugging the gaps season after season.

Only 31 years old, but such have his god-like saves been that he is widely considered as one of the greatest keepers of-all-time.

Right-Back : Chendo

A key to the playing style of the Madrid side which won five consecutive Spanish La Ligas in the '80s, the Murcia-born defender came through the youth team - and spent his whole career at the Merengues making 497 appearances.

Centre-Back : Fernando Hierro

Hierro is one of the best attacking centre-backs of all time. His ability to get forward and score goals made him one of the most difficult players to play against.

The Spanish defender made over 600 appearances for the Madrid team, in which he won five Spanish championship titles and three Champions Leagues.

Centre-Back : Jose Santamaria

Not as technically gifted as Hierro, but regarding defensive skills, Santamaria is the best defender Real Madrid have ever had.

He was a strong, reliable, intelligent and uncompromising defender - a pillar under the golden era of Los Blancos in the '50s and '60s. 

Left-Back : Roberto Carlos

The Brazilian is one of the early implementers of full-back overlapping runs - and certainly the best ever at it.

He was a left back who could attack like no other, had amazing runs in the flank and made crosses and free-kicks who terrorised the opposition. The phenomenal goals that Roberto Carlos has scored have been re-watched hundreds of times by almost every football fan around the globe.

Defensive-Midfielder : Fernando Redondo

Has there ever been a defensive-midfielder of such elegance and ball-playing technique? He was marred by injuries, but his good days at Real Madrid left the fans unforgetable memories, of a player who led the midfield, dribbled and controled the ball with such grace that made it seem an easy thing to do.

He wore the Blancos 225 times - and won two La Ligas and two Champions Leagues

Right-Midfielder : Zinedine Zidane

What could one possibly write about the great Zinedine Zidane?

His name stands synonymous with football excellence and greatness. His brilliant talent made all Real Madrid fans want to go to the Bernabeu to watch his technical beauty and his phenomenal ability to create attacks from seemingly nothing situations.

He is a player with an excessive haul of silverware and individual honours - and he is regarded as one of the greatest football players to ever set foot on a field.

Zizou was just that player that could, in a moment, just with one brilliant touch, change the fate of any game.

Left-Midfielder : Cristiano Ronaldo

Up until 23 of September 2013, the Portuguese star has 208 in 205 games for Real Madrid.

That record is just terrifying - and he doesn't seem wanting to stop until he breaks another dozen records.

Ronaldo is a top goalscorer, a great dribbler, set-piece taker, he has incredible positioning and leadership skills - and is seen by many as the most athletic footballer of all time.

He is the current icon of Real Madrid, the player that has either the first or last word of every attack the Merengues make.

Attacking-Midfielder : Alfredo Di Stefano

Di Stefano is synonymous with the success and legacy of the Blancos. He’s Madrid’s Honorary President in recognition of his contributions to the club - and deservedly so. 

He was the absolute star in the great mid '50s Real Madrid, the most successful side in the history of European football, with the five back-to-back European Cup title wins.

The Argentinian forward was frequently the one who would set-up attacks from midfield and would finish most of them himself, successfully.

Centre-Forward : Ferenc Puskas

Puskas was one of the first ever stars of European football. 

The Hungarian player gained his reputation for, above all, his goalscoring ability. Even though he signed for the Madrid side when he was 31, he was still in his prime and became an icon at the Santiago Bernabeu.  

Armed with great close ball-control and a ferocious left-foot shot that was a nightmare for any goalkeeper, he managed to score 242 goals in 262 games in the white shirt.

Centre-Forward : Raul

Winning nearly every award imaginable, the Spanish legend was the father of Florentino Perez's Madrid revolution in the early 2000s and is regarded as the most iconic figure of a captain and leader in Madrid.

He combined great positioning and scoring instincts with heart, leadership and the ability to make an exquisite 40-meter pass. 

He is the all-time top scorer for Real Madrid with 343 goals from a record 741 appearances.

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