Real Madrid have made some odd signings from Premier League clubs down the years.
Back in 2005, the Spanish giants spent £2.5 million on Everton’s tough-tackling midfielder Thomas Gravesen.
Four years later they signed West Ham’s Julien Faubert on loan in a move that made very little sense to anybody.
Two years after that, in 2011, Madrid again looked to England’s top division for reinforcements and settled on Manchester City forward Emmanuel Adebayor.
The Togolese striker was signed on a six-month loan deal by Jose Mourinho and curiously handed the No. 6 shirt.
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Unlike Gravesen and Faubert, Adebayor enjoyed a reasonably decent spell with Los Blancos, scoring eight goals in 22 games.
He won the Copa del Rey during his brief stint in Spain but wasn’t signed on a permanent contract. Instead, he spent the next season on loan at Tottenham.
But he still has some unforgettable memories from his spell at the Bernabeu - including a new story about the time Mourinho ‘killed’ Ronaldo, despite scoring a hat-trick.
“At Real, we were winning 3-0 at half-time,” Adebayor revealed in an interview with the Daily Mail. “He (Mourinho) came into the dressing room and went mental. He kicked the fridge, kicked the television, threw water.
“He killed everyone. I remember he once killed Ronaldo after he scored a hat-trick. He said: ‘Everyone says you are the best in the world and you are playing badly. Show me you are the best.’
“Cristiano took it. Ronaldo could score a hat-trick but talk about the one he missed.”
Ronaldo went on to score 53 goals in 54 games that season.
However, his relationship with Mourinho - like many of his Madrid teammates’ - would eventually deteriorate.
Adebayor also spoke about what it was like playing and training with one of the greatest footballers of all time.
“He trained with us at Real Madrid as though he was training with his kids,” Adebayor added.
“Passes with his back, control with his neck.
“He once kept the ball for five seconds with one touch! How is that even possible?
“In the gym, wow. Sergio Ramos and I were the strongest. But then came Ronaldo. ‘You think that's hard?’ he'd say. We'd do five reps and he'd do 30.”News Now - Sport News