The summer of 2009 was a great time for Real Madrid. Florentino Perez has returned as the head of the mission to expel Pep Guardiola, the three-time winner, from Barcelona.
The man behind the original Galacticos project at the Bernabeu, Perez lived up to his bill at the box office and penalized more than 200 million euros for new signings with Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United, the name that makes the headlines.
It’s fair to say that Ronaldo was fine during his time in the Spanish capital, but what about the seven players who got to his side? Here’s how they did.
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After joining Los Blancos in a £ 56m deal, Kaká became the most expensive player in history until Ronaldo was angry with his fire a few weeks later.
The former Brazilian international, who won the Ballon d’Or in 2007, arrived with high expectations, but injuries left him unable to reproduce the level he showed at Milan.
Ultimately he lost his place on the side to Mesut Ozil and returned to Milan on a free transfer in 2013.
Kaka told UOL Esporte in 2018: “In 2009 I accepted Real Madrid’s offer, but I was totally devastated there because I couldn’t give what I gave to Milan, I was completely lost.”
“Jose Mourinho was a tough coach for me and we had a respectful but complicated relationship. When I thought he was going to give me a chance, I couldn’t prove to him that I was in good shape.
“I trained, fought and prayed a lot, but after I didn’t gain the coach’s confidence, I realized I couldn’t work with him.”
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Despite his desire to remain in Liverpool, Alonso completed a £ 30m transfer to Madrid, where he It cemented his reputation as one of the best midfielders in the world.
Alongside Ronaldo, he became an undisputed key player at the Bernabéu and played more than 200 games in all competitions during his five years at the club.
He helped the former Spanish international Los Blancos win the Spanish League, Copa del Rey twice and the Champions League before Seeing Najma’s last three years of career Bayern Munich.
On the sidelines of Spain’s squad that won three major tournaments in a row between 2008 and 2012, Albiol played a prominent role under Manuel Pellegrini as he pushed Los Blancos Barcelona all the way in the 2009-10 season, finishing second in La Liga. He scored 96 points.
The center-back also played fairly during Jose Mourinho’s first season, but was pushed to the sidelines after the club signed Rafael Varane in 2011 and Sergio Ramos began playing more as a center back.
Albiol participated in only five matches in the 2011-12 season in which the club won the title, and eventually joined Napoli under the leadership of Rafael Benitez in the summer of 2013.
After Negredo was sold in 2007, Madrid exercised a € 5 million buyback clause to return it from Almeria two years later.
The striker did not participate in a single match with the first team and was immediately transferred to Seville, while Real Madrid made a huge profit of 10 million euros.
Negredo told The Guardian in 2013: “The problem I faced at Real Madrid was that I was very young and was fighting for a place in the team with so many international players.”
“There was Raul, Ronaldo, Benzema, Van Nistelrooy and Higuain, so I didn’t have much opportunity because of my age. At least when Pellegrini sold me, he spoke to me and explained his decision.
“He told me, ‘Listen, I want you to go to a club where you can keep growing by doing well. “It helped me look at my options. There were no hard feelings.”
While Granero had to leave Madrid for Getafe to score a major league feat, and he was impressed in the end enough to win a return to the Bernabéu.
He has failed to prove himself as a key player at Madrid and even as left-back Fabio Quintrao He started getting a toy in the middle of the park in front of him.
According to Jerzy Dodec, the accused midfielder Jose Mourinho was accused of being a “rat” and he leaked it to the media before a match against Barcelona in 2011.
The former Spain U-21 international then left his childhood club and completed a £ 9 million transfer to Queens Park Rangers in 2012.
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Arbeloa, another graduate from Madrid’s Academy, returned to the Bernabéu in 2009 after periods at Deportivo La Coruña and Liverpool.
A reliable and consistent performer, a versatile gun He played 233 white shirts in seven years at the Bernabéu.
Jose Mourinho told Marca in 2016: “Arbeloa does not have this high level but he is definitely one of those who gave Real Madrid, its fans and all his coaches and colleagues everything he has.”
“In my 16 years of training, I definitely put him on the podium for the most important players I have worked with.”
After falling in the offside rankings in 2015-16, he was awarded a The hero’s farewell He returned to the Premier League with West Ham United.