What happened to the 11 teenagers Real Madrid have bought since 2000?

Real Madrid are are a club famed for signing established superstars in the transfer market.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Kaka, James Rodriguez, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are just a selection of the big-name transfers made in this millennium.

But occasionally, the world’s most famous club will take a risk by signing a teenage talent. Here’s what’s happened to the 11 Los Blancos have signed since 2000.

1. SERGIO RAMOS (2005)

It took Real five years into the new millennium to dip into the teenage transfer market, but boy did it pay off.

Signed from Sevilla for €27m, Ramos has gone on to become a Los Blancos legend and has been an exemplary captain. Not a bad start to the list.

2. MARCELO (2006)

Two huge successes on the trot, kudos. Snapped up from Fluminense for a measly €6.5m, the Brazilian left-back has been instrumental in Real’s recent success.

Has there been a better left-sided defender this decade? Probably not.


The Argentine striker was much better than many will remember during his time in Madrid. Signed from River Plate, Higuain managed 107 goals in the famous white shirt.

Sadly, having both him and Karim Benzema at the club just wasn’t viable, with Higuain going on to have huge success in Serie A with Napoli and Juventus.


Oh what could have been for the Spanish playmaker, who has been hindered by injuries throughout his career.

Canales played just 10 times for Real after moving from Racing Santander, before moving to Valencia in 2012. He rebuilt his career at Real Sociedad and is now at Real Betis.


The third huge success on the list. Real sneaked ahead of the competition to sign a raw, yet talented centre-back from French side Lens.

After a few seasons getting to grips with Los Blancos’ demands, Varane is now comfortably one of the finest defenders in world football – all for just €10m.


The Norwegian wonder-kid was signed as a bit of a PR stunt by Real at the tender age of just 16, with Odegaard yet to break into the first-team at the Bernabeu.

However, there have been signs of his talent at both Heerenveen and Vitesse during loan spells in Holland, but perhaps not ones befitting of the ‘wonder-kid’ status.


Signed from Real Zaragoza in 2014, the Spanish centre-back hasn’t exactly found opportunities easy to come by at Real – Ramos, Varane and Nacho Fernandez are all way ahead of him.

A loan spell at Eintracht Frankfurt in 2016/17 certainly helped and he’s now back in the first-team setup under Santiago Solari.


A first-team regular at Real now after excelling under Zinedine Zidane’s leadership. Real’s decision to loan Asensio to Espanyol in 2015/16 was key to his development.

But times have been tough this season for the talented Spaniard and his future at the Bernabeu is far from certain, especially with another teenager further down the list impressing.


A controversial one, with Hernandez swapping Atletico for Real a couple of summers back – his brother Lucas is stayed and is now excelling with Atleti.

Theo is currently on-loan at Real Sociedad, with the left-back slot occupied by Marcelo for the foreseeable future.

10. ANDRIY LUNIN (2018)

Signed in the summer, Real decided to loan out the talented Ukrainian goalkeeper to Leganes for the season, where he has struggled to usurp Ivan Cuellar.

Lunin needs Keylor Navas to leave the club sooner rather than later to stand any chance of breaking into the first-team.


The teenage star that will have Asensio looking over his shoulder. The Brazilian was signed from Flamengo for €45m and has made some serious strides this season.

His flamboyant South American style has been a breath of fresh air in a stale, stagnant side. Vinicius already looks the real deal at just 18.

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