10 Greatest Real Madrid Players Of All Time

With 13 European Cups won, 34 La Liga titles, and many other achievements, Real Madrid is one of the best (if not the best) football clubs in the world. Football fans were highly thrilled when watching the team play and seal the win with eye-catching goals. They are a team that makes any other team wary when in the match.
As one of the best teams in the world, they definitely boast top-notch players. Real Madrid players tend to grace the match with their genius performance, and especially goals that are worth their weight in gold. Besides, there are some big names that even football non-fans know about them well.
In this post, we’ve pulled out a list of 10 greatest Real Madrid Players of all time. From Cristiano Ronaldo to Roberto Carlos, they all have huge contributions to the fame of Real Madrid. Dive into them now.

#1 Cristiano Ronaldo

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There’s no better way to start this list than Cristiano Ronaldo. With 450 goals in just nine seasons at the club, the Portugal captain is by far the most prolific scorer in Real Madrid history. With his top-notch talent, he has helped Real Madrid earn unprecedented success, especially in the UEFA Champions League.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner was instrumental in Real Madrid becoming the first club in Champions League history to complete a three-peat. No other club has ever successfully defended its championship, let alone twice. Ronaldo is one of only two players in La Liga history to have scored over 300 goals, and he was the first to achieve the 40-goal mark.
The all-time top goalscorer in the Champions League (140 goals), who also has the most goals for a single club, was the first player to reach 100 goals in the competition. No wonder Real Madrid won four Champions League championships in as many years thanks to his accomplishments.
The fact that the Manchester United forward scored his 450th and the last goal for Real Madrid against Barcelona was maybe appropriate.

#2 Sergio Ramos

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Sergio Ramos, a former captain of Real Madrid, is a top-tier goal-scoring defender in the league. The 35-year-old, who plays center defense by trade, is just the second defender in club history to have over 100 goals in over 650 games. He was a formidable opponent at both ends of the field because of his skill in the air and at set pieces.
The four-time Champions League and five-time La Liga champion was a key player for Real Madrid. Ramos, who departed Real Madrid this summer, joined a select group of players by scoring in two Champions League championship games.
Ramos, who is currently at PSG, has a tremendous club and national resume. The player with the most appearances for Spain has won the FIFA World Cup once and the European Championship twice.

#3 Raul

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In the annals of Real Madrid, Raul is regarded as a legend. One of just two players with over 300 goals for the team is the former Spain attacker.
Raul was Real Madrid's all-time leading scorer with 323 goals in nearly 750 appearances before Cristiano Ronaldo passed him (more on him later). Raul contributed significantly to six La Liga and three Champions League victories for Real Madrid during his storied 16-year tenure with the Merengues.

#4 Alfredo Di Stefano

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The Real Madrid supporters hold Alfredo Di Stefano in high regard as one of the finest players to don the club's uniform. The late Argentinean scored goals and racked up major championships during a fruitful ten-year run at the capital club. The club's record-breaking eight La Liga titles and five straight European Cups were won by the two-time Ballon d'Or winner.
Di Stefano was sought by both Barcelona and Real Madrid before the latter was able to obtain the services of this unquestionable leader on and off the field. And the rest, everybody knows, is history. In each of the five European Cup finals he participated in, he scored. Real Madrid was, unsurprisingly, on the winning team each of the five times.
However, when he ventured into management, the five-time Pichichi champion didn't have as much success on the other side of the touchline. Di Stefano nevertheless achieved more than enough to secure his place in Real Madrid mythology.

#5 Ferenc Puskas

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Many people consider Ferenc Puskas to be one of the greatest players to ever grace the game. Long after turning 30, the gorgeous Magyar landed in Madrid. Puskas, though, didn't take long to captivate the Madrid supporters with his exquisite goal-scoring prowess and deft ball handling.
Puskas had an incredibly successful eight-season run at Real Madrid during which he scored close to 250 goals, captured three European Cups, and won five La Liga championships. Along with Paco Gento, Kopa, and Alfredo Di Stefano, he established a lethal alliance. Puskas died in 2006 at the age of 79 from pneumonia, but his influence still remains.

#6 Fernando Hierro

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Fernando Hierro holds a special position of honor in Real Madrid and La Liga history. The 53-year-old is the capital club's most prolific goal scorer among defenders with 127 goals. La Liga, which Hierro won five times, was where more than a hundred of these goals were scored. Hierro scored an incredible 21 goals in the 1991–92 season, which is rather impressive. Real Madrid, however, lost out to Barcelona, led by Johan Cruyff, by just one point in the race for the La Liga championship.
Over the course of 14 seasons, the three-time Champions League champion appeared in the Real Madrid uniform more than 600 times. Hierro was adaptable enough to play as a defensive midfielder and sweeper.

#7 Karim Benzema

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One of the most underappreciated players in Real Madrid's history is Karim Benzema. In the summer of 2009, the Frenchman and a certain Cristiano Ronaldo both arrived (more on him later). The eminent teammate of the former Lyon striker kept the former forward mostly in the background. But when Ronaldo departed for Juventus in the summer of 2018, Benzema significantly stepped up.
The Frenchman has more than 100 goals in a little more than three seasons and is almost at 300 goals for Real Madrid. This season, the four-time Champions League and three-time La Liga champion has been on fire, scoring 17 goals and dishing out 12 assists across all competitions. He recently became the top ten all-time La Liga goal scorers with his 200th league goal.
Benzema, who is still very much in his prime despite aging like fine wine, is a genuine Real Madrid legend in his own right.

#8 Paco Gento

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In his own right, Paco Gento is a Real Madrid legend. The 88-year-old is the only person to have won six European Cups, or what is now known as the UEFA Champions League, and he did so five times in a row. For Real Madrid, he made more than 600 appearances and scored close to 200 goals. The winger was an essential member of a forward line that also included Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo Di Stefano (more on them later).
Former Spain international is recognized as one of the greatest Spanish players in history. In addition to his ability to cross from the flanks, Gento was a proficient long-range shooter.

#9 Roberto Carlos

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One of the best goal-scoring defenders in the history of the sport is Roberto Carlos. With his savage dashes, several crosses and assists, and valiant last-ditch challenges at the other end, Carlos carved a path down Real Madrid's left flank. The FIFA World Cup champion from 2002 was a set-piece expert, scoring a number of long-range thunderbolts. Together with Gerard Pique, he is the most prolific goal scorer among defenders in the history of the UEFA Champions League with 16 goals.
The 48-year-old made almost 500 games during his illustrious 11-year tenure with Real Madrid, scoring 70 goals and assisting 90 others. With the team, he captured three Champions League and four La Liga championships. In the 2002 final against Bayer Leverkusen, Carlos is renowned for assisting Zinedine Zidane on his game-winning goal, which gave Madrid its eighth championship overall.

#10 Iker Casillas

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One of the best goalkeepers in the history of the sport is largely acknowledged as being Iker Casillas. The legendary Real Madrid player achieved greatness both for his nation and club. The winner of one FIFA World Cup and two European Championships won five La Liga and three Champions League championships with the Merengues. Casillas recorded 264 clean sheets in over 750 games in 16 seasons of play.
Real Madrid's success in important contests was greatly aided by Casillas' composed demeanor and quick reflexes. After a brief tenure with Porto, the Spaniard, who was widely expected to retire at the club, ended his illustrious career. Casillas joined the Real Madrid Foundation last year, and is presently active there. More than 800 participants in social sporting schools are the foundation's target audience.
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