Building Real Madrid’s Perfect La Liga Footballer

Cristiano Ronaldo
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As a club renowned for their Galactico signings, it’s no surprise that Real Madrid have had a plethora of unbelievable talent in the modern era.

Los Blancos are arguably the greatest and most famous club side in the world, and definitely have the players and the silverware to prove it.

The prospect of assembling their perfect footballer is thus a mouthwatering one – and no it’s not just Cristiano Ronaldo.

Here, 90min rounds up an amalgamation of the club’s star names, in order to create the ultimate, perfect footballer…

Sergio RamosSergio Ramos
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While he’s often seen losing it – with his staggering 20 La Liga red cards testament to that – football’s biggest sh*thouse is definitely the man for the job with this head.

Although he’s an absolute animal at the back, he’s also no stranger to netting at the other end – often throwing himself at the ball and guiding it into the goal.

His equalising goal in the 2014 Champions League final was a thing of beauty, as he nodded the ball into the Atlético net to send the tie to extra-time, where Real would rampantly go on to clinch victory.

While he could have got in the above category for his infamous headbutt at the 2006 World Cup, Zidane undoubtedly had one of the most intelligent footballing brains.

The sight of the Frenchman weaving and gliding through midfield with consummate ease was a thing of absolute beauty, as the generational talent guided his nation to World Cup and European Championship glory in 1998 and 2000, respectively.

As for his spell in Madrid, the former Juventus man was imperious – dictating the play and dominating midfield as the true star in a side littered with big names.

Just watch his 2002 Champions League final goal on repeat, it says everything there is to know about his genius.

David BeckhamDavid Beckham
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While he remains an icon of world football, it is too often forgotten how bloody good a player Beckham actually was.

After leaving Manchester United with a boot to the face – courtesy of Sir Alex Ferguson – the follically-gifted Englishman arrived in Madrid with a point to prove.

While many players falter at the Santiago Bernabeu, ‘Golden Balls’ thrived, laying on assist after assist with his trademark ping of the right boot and his unrivalled vision.

Few players have had the ability to pick out his man as often as Beckham.

Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim BenzemaGareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema
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Although Benzema’s become somewhat the main man in Madrid following the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, it was his performances as part of the famed ‘BBC’ attack that truly showcased his all-round talents.

While he remained a consistent goalscorer, his off-the ball running was integral to his side’s play as his unselfish work ethic allowed his Portuguese teammate to garner all the acclaim.

Though he hasn’t always looked the fittest of players, the exiled French international puts a shift in like few other strikers and is a severely underrated and underappreciated star of the last decade.

Cristiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
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Okay, he could have staked a claim for any part of our perfect footballer, but few can argue that Cristiano Ronaldo is anything but a physical specimen.

The former United forward has become a shining example of the benefits of hardwork and relentless training, as he combined his prodigious talent with an obsession for the gym after his early days as a scrawny teenager.

After his radical transformation circa 2006, the Portugal star became an unstoppable athlete and footballer, with his speed and strength a deadly mixture.

To his credit, he has shown no signs of slowing down – despite being 35 years old – and continues to have the physique of a player half his age.

The ‘other’ Ronaldo also makes it into our perfect footballer, and rightly so.

While he may not have enjoyed the longevity of his namesake, the Brazilian was explosive at his pomp and tore defences apart on regular occasions.

O Fenômeno had the talent that few, if any, players have possessed, with his right boot a thing of pure beauty and brilliance. A certified weapon.

Real Madrid v Espa xReal Madrid v Espa x
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Ronaldo’s compatriot and former teammate Roberto Carlos had the most deadly and skilled left foot in football.

His thunderous ability to strike the ball – particularly at dead ball situations – became his trademark in Madrid, as he became a real threat down the left flank.

The former Inter star revolutionised modern attacking full-backs and passed on the mantle to the club’s current Brazilian left-back star, Marcelo.

The Welshman has not exactly made many friends in Madrid of late, but there’s no doubt that Bale has shown enough in his spell in the Spanish capital to earn more respect from fans and pundits alike.

Although injury has plagued his time at the club, his early form was breathtaking – as he tore down the right-wing to great effect.

His goal in the 2014 Copa del Rey final truly epitomised his burning speed, as he sprinted past the helpless Marc Bartra of Barcelona to score one of the most memorable goals of recent times.

Wonder if he’s as quick with the putter as he is on the pitch…


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