Real Madrid: All-time XI

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Last weekend saw two of football's most illustrious and prestigious clubs go head-to-head in a charity match.

Manchester United legends faced Real Madrid legends in a unique charity event to support the Manchester United foundation.

So to mark the event we’ve put together a Real Madrid all-time XI.

Goalkeeper | Iker Casillas

At the tender age of 18, Iker Casillas made his debut guarding one of European’s most precious goalmouths: that of Real Madrid.

The Spaniard persevered and has been the man between the sticks ever since. The Spanish shot-stopper has played with Real Madrid since he was nine, and from that moment they knew they had something special.

Casillas has since gone onto winning numerous honours and has led club and country to a total of 17 titles. The man was best summed up by international team-mate Xavi Hernandez, who said: “When all seems lost, Iker seems to appear and save you."

Right-back | Miguel Porlan Noguera

Chendo was one of Los Blancos’s most loyal employees. He spent 16 years at Madrid and the right-back was an integral part of the side that won five straight titles in the late 80s.

He arrived in Real Madrid at the age of 16 and was part of their junior ranks for five years; having made his debuts for the first team on 11 April 1982. He was first choice right-back for eight years and made the position his own.

Centre-back | Jose Santamaria

Many people forget that in the 50s football tactics weren’t as advanced as they are now. Back then Real Madrid defender had to operate in a 3-2-5 formation.

Jose Santamaria was a defensive wall, one which not many opposing defenders could get past. People may remember Real Madrid attacking presence in the 50s but their defence was just as strong thanks to this man.

Santamaria was a strong and uncompromising defender who starred for Real Madrid in their golden era of the 50s and 60s. As Di Stefano and co. were scoring goals for fun, Santamaria was, for ten successive years, the reliable man in the heart of the defence.

Centre-back | Fernando Hierro

As far as goalscoring defenders go, Fernando Hierro was up there with the best.

In his career the Spaniard was as good at the back as he was going forward, scoring over 100 goals during his time at the club. The last iconic Real Madrid central defender, Hierro played over 600 matches for Los Blancos.

His fantastic passing ability and functional technique meant he regularly played as a defensive midfielder as well. He also helped lead Real Madrid to three Champions League titles.

Left-Back | José Antonio Camacho

The Spaniard was known for his special free-kicks but Camacho was a true defender and one that was a great service to his club.

A strong tackler of the ball, Camacho played 577 games in his 15-year spell at Real Madrid. He could attack down the left flank and still remain consistent on his defensive duties, making him suited perfectly for this position.

Camacho won an astounding nine La Liga titles with Real Madrid; he was more of a complete player than Roberto Carlos.

Right-wing | Francisco Gento 

He was part of one of the finest attacking line-ups in footballing history and Francisco Gento won the European Cup six times - a feat that has never been replicated since.

With his dazzling speed and tricks he was a part of the Real Madrid side that won Europe’s most prestigious trophy five times in a row. He went on to captain a new Madrid to European glory once more in 1966.

In total, he played 606 games for Real Madrid, scoring 178 goals and winning an incredible, and record, 12 league titles.

Centre-midfielder | Zinedine Zidane

Arguably one of the greatest players of his generation, Zinedine Zidane, signed for Real Madrid in 2001 for what was then a world record fee.

His outstanding matching winning volley in the 2002 Champions League final was the symbolisation of his stardom and innate technical abilities.

Despite triumph in the Champions League, the Frenchman went on to securing just a single domestic title in 2003. But nobody blamed Zidane for this, despite other superstars failing to gel Zidane was outstanding individually and this was recognised in 2006 when he won FIFA World Player of the Year.

You just knew with the ball at his feet, something special was going to happen. The Frenchman will go down as one of the game’s greatest playmakers.

Centre-midfielder | Alfredo Di Stefano

The “Godfather” of Real Madrid and, for some fans, the greatest player of all-time.

Alfredo Di Stefano was one of the game’s most complete players and was an integral part of the clubs European domination in the 1950s. But things didn’t come easy for Di Stefano and he became the centre pieces of “the Di Stefano affair” in the 1950s.

After controversially signing for Real Madrid, he soon formed as part of one football’s greatest teams. The Argentine was a born winner and boy did he live up to that status. In his illustrious career he won eight domestic league titles and five European titles – in which he scored in every final.

He was the beginning of the stature that Real Madrid was today.

Left-wing | Cristiano Ronaldo

At present Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 201 goals in 199 appearances for Real Madrid, and is only just entering the peak years of his career.

Ronaldo is arguably the finest player in the world right now and has a wonderful array of skills, a vicious strike and can run rings round his opponents.

People either love him or hate him, but you can’t argue with the statistics. Ronaldo continues to break records, and yet the player is only in his third season. His compatriot Luis Figo played six seasons at Madrid, but only managed half that number.

Ronaldo, for his incredible scoring ability, and for being the icon of today’s Madrid, simply deserves to be in the team.

Striker | Raul

Internationally, Ronaldo (the Brazilian) was the better player but for Real Madrid there was one man in the modern era that dominated the club's frontline: he goes by the name of Raul.

In February 2009, Raul eclipsed the clubs goal scoring record surpassing the legendary Di Stefano’s previous record. Raul was a fighter and could score all kinds of goals: easy ones, difficult ones and the straight out ridiculous ones.

He just breathed goals and that’s what made him such a great player. He broke numerous records in his career at the Santiago Bernabeu but none greater than becoming the all-time leading goal scorer.

But all this could have been different had Atletico Madrid Chairman Jesus Gil not been scrapped and sent to Los Blancos at the beginning of his career.

Striker | Ferenc Puskas

The Hungarian left for Madrid aged 31 after the troubles in his home country of Hungary.

He ended up in the Spanish capital, where he soon signed for the Real Madrid. Although Puskas hadn’t played football for two years and was severely unfit, so much so that he was nicknamed “fatty”.

Also known as “Pancho” he soon shredded those extra pounds and became a striker, forming a beautiful partnership with club legend Alfredo Di Stefano. The Hungarian began with a hat-trick on his debut and from then became a firm favourite amongst the Madrid faithful.

He led the club to five consecutive league titles and was Spain’s top goal scorer on four occasions. He was a player with a lethal left footed strike, having a wonderful touch with a brilliant footballing brain.


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