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25 Signings Real Madrid Still Regret Today

Argentinian football legend and “philosopher” Diego Maradona once summed up Real Madrid’s problem as follows: “The problem is that they are all stars at Madrid. You need someone to carry the water to the well.” Not a Maradona of course, but good solid players that know how to carry out their tasks.

Since their foundation in 1902, Real Madrid have transformed themselves from a simple football club into the most powerful football brand in the world, and into a club that has been able to attract the world’s best players again and again. As well as those players that had the desire and potential to make it to the top.

Puskas, Butragueno, Zidane, CR7 were able to show their skills in front of the extremely critical audience in Madrid. They managed to overcome the “Bernabeu Bite”, the fear of failing in front of the notoriously critical fans and the immense pressure to perform at Real Madrid. However, only few of Real’s players managed to live up to the club’s lofty expectations. A long list of big talents and upcoming superstars collapsed under the pressure. Some of them ruined their careers in the process.

The history of failed Real transfers also includes countless failed superstars who made the move to Real in the hopes of becoming megastars. This is especially true of the 21st century and the era of Florentino Perez, the magnetic Spanish entrepreneur, football official and former politician.Perez is one of the 5 most powerful figures in European football. With a few small interruptions, he has been ruling the Kingdom of Madrid since the summer of 2000.

During this time, managers have come and gone, while Perez has stayed. There is probably no other football club in the world that treats its players and managers as ruthlessly as Real Madrid under Perez. As soon as things aren’t going perfectly, managers and their staff are sent packing and superstar 1 is exchanged for superstar 2. The result of this policy: 13 manager changes in 18 years. Each of the elite managers had their favourite player. However, one manager’s favourite was seldom also the favourite of their successor. As a result, countless players were signed just so that they could spend almost the entire duration of their contract on the bench or on loan at other clubs. We analysed Real’s biggest transfers from the last 30 years and created a ranking. It shows a history of 25 transfers that Real regrets to this day.

The reasons were always different. Either Real had signed the player but things didn’t work out from a sports perspective, or they had to sell the player (for cheap), because things didn’t work out behind the scenes. Some players then went on to flop at the next club, while some – as soon as they escaped Real – went on to celebrate big successes. The spectrum of Real’s worst transfers ranges from massive financial flops to some of the biggest sporting disappointments in history, as well as players from Real’s own youth that failed to make the jump into the first team.

Among them were some teenagers who threw away their careers and simply couldn’t deliver the performances they should have been capable of with a bit more discipline and a bit less ego.Real was in gambling mode when they signed a talented but temperamental young Frenchman. Nickname: ‘Le Sulk' (“The Sulker”).

The gamble did not pay off. Nicolas Anelka only managed to stay with Real for one season. During this time, he scored a meagre 7 goals, but at least they were valuable ones. His first goal happened during the Clasico against Barca and he scored two goals in the Champions League semi-finals against Bayern Munich.

One reason for the low number of goals: Anelka was suspended for 45 days because he had refused to train with the squad. In the aftermath of the suspension, he accused his employer of treating him like a dog.

“Something does not turn around properly in his head,” was Real president Lorenzo Sanz’s analysis, shortly before the enfant terrible was send to Paris St. Germain.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
High, Anelka was expensive, created turmoil and played badly overall.

What did Real Madrid regret?
The purchase. Anelka was sold for roughly the same amount that Real had paid for him.


 

Danilo handled his problems in a rather open manner. He had a hard time coping with the attention of the Spanish press that every Real player has to deal with.

“An error, no matter how small, goes viral,” was how he explained his troubles. “A mistake becomes very great even if it is small. But, of course, when you do something good, it is also very great.”

The bad thing was that the Brazilian only rarely managed to do something good while he was playing for Real. During the 2015/16 season, he was on the pitch for every single one of Real’s losses.

In the summer of 2018, Danilo moved to Manchester City. However, the attention he is getting there is only slightly less than when he was in Madrid. At least there is no Dani Carvajal playing at his position in Manchester.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
Medium, Danilo was expensive.

What did Real Madrid regret?
The purchase. “Stupid English transfer money“ ensured a good sales price.


 

When it was all said and done, Robert Prosinecki openly admitted: “My time at Madrid could certainly have been better. But I established myself there at a time when foreign players were limited, and I discovered a different type of football.”

That’s one way of looking at it. The Serb, who was once the best-paid player of his time, will not be remembered for big successes with “Los Blancos”, but rather for injuries and lost titles. Expectations had been high at the start. Prosinecki was one of the most talented football players to ever come out of the Balkans, a gifted midfielder who had just led Red Star Belgrade to victory in the national Champions' Cup. The next step was supposed to be his crowning glory at Real.

Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as planned. The highlight of Prosinecki’s time at Real was probably his goal in the Clasico against Barca. However, even that was tarnished later by his move from Real to Barca in 1995.

Luckily for Real fans, he went on to fail in Catalonia as well.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
Relatively high, Žuti (“Blondie”) was once the best-paid footballer in the world.

What did Real Madrid regret?
The purchase and sale. The transfer to Oviedo only brought in €3m. Barca later only paid €1.5m.


 

Despite a transfer fee of €25m, the signing of Walter Samuel looked like a great deal for Real.

Real were looking for a physically strong centre-back with international experience, and the Argentinian was just that. However, somehow it didn't seem that ‘The Wall' himself had arrived in Spain, but rather a brother or a cousin.

Fabio Capello couldn't really grasp it either. “The fact that he did not make a name for himself at Real Madrid still surprises me,” the star coach said later in an interview. “Perhaps it was the wrong time.”

Or maybe something else wasn't right in Spain. As soon as the Argentinean was back in Italy (2005), he played as well as before – for about 10 years. At Inter Milan he is still a legend today.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
Very high, Samuel played phenomenal football everywhere, only…

What did Real Madrid regret?
The sale. Samuel was sold to Inter at a great loss. He played brilliantly there for almost 10 years.


 

“In retrospect, I would have liked to have played more often,” was Javier Saviola's description of his time in Spain. 

The first few years in Barcelona were not so bad. However, the move to Real was a complete mistake. The former South American Player of the Year never lived up to his expectations as Maradona's heir.

In the end, the signing of Saviola weakened Barcelona but did not strengthen Real. This is a pattern that happens more often than one might think.

“The little rabbit” was unable to hold his own against players like Arjen Robben, Gonzalo Higuain, Raul, Robinho and Ruud van Nistelrooy. After scoring just 5 goals for Real, he was sent to Benfica Lisbon relatively quickly. From there, his career went downhill.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
Medium, Saviola was a free signing, but had a high salary.

What did Real Madrid regret?
The purchase. It did not strengthen the team, the sale brought €5.0m.


 

Around the turn of the millennium, all of Colombia was talking about Edwin Congo. Who the F…. is he?

Do you know the feeling when you go into a store and buy something “cool”? Three years later, you notice that you haven’t used the “cool thing” even once and that it’s still catching dust in its original packaging?

That is exactly what happened with Edwin Congo and Real Madrid. After an impressive season at Once Caldas, the player from Colombia was signed by Real Madrid in 1999.

During his three years with the Galacticos, he didn’t play a single game. He spent his entire contract on loan with other teams.


Regret factor at Real Madrid:
High, the player was a total flop.

What did Real Madrid regret?
Everything – the purchase and the sale, which did not bring in any money.


 

When he scored the goal against Borussia Dortmund that took Real to the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2002, no one in Madrid doubted the young Spaniard's abilities.

However, things quickly changed for the worse, and the signing of Ruud Van Nistelrooy meant that Portillo played less and less.

The competition in the form of “Van The Man” and goal scoring machines Raul and Ronaldo was too strong. Portillo was forced to look for a new team.

Transfers to Gimnastic, Osasuna, Hercules and Las Palmas followed, but Javier never developed his full potential. He always remained a talent that wasn’t able to deliver on the expectations placed on him.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
Medium, again a talent from the club’s own youth that didn’t make it

What did Real Madrid regret?
The sale, because again a talent didn’t achieve a breakthrough, despite being very talented.


 

Equatorial Guinea is by no means a big footballing nation. The number of professional football players who have achieved a successful career in Europe can be counted on one hand.

However, one of them made it to the biggest club in the world.

When Bernd Schuster took over the reins in Madrid, he talked excitedly about the young player from Equatorial Guinea. The consequence: his contract was extended until 2011 and Balboa was allowed to play for Real’s first squad.

In 2007, Balboa managed a total of 7 appearances, including a Champions League match against Olympiacos Piraeus. But that was all he achieved in the Real shirt. One year later, Balboa was sent to Benfica, followed by detours to Cartagena, Albacete, Beira-Mar and Estoril. Eventually, he ended his football career on the Arabian Peninsula, wearing the shirt of top Qatar club Al-Messaimer.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
Medium, another of Real’s own talents that didn‘t ….

What did Real Madrid regret?
The sale, because again a talent didn’t achieve a breakthrough, despite being very talented.


 

One or two football fans from Germany might still remember the name Gary Kagelmacher.

Between 2014 and 2016, the player from Uruguay played almost 60 games for 1860 Munich and was one of the club’s most important defenders. However, only few fans know that his first European club was Real Madrid.

In 2007, the then 19-year-old made the move from Danubio to Real Madrid. One year later, he played in his first and only game for Los Blancos. He made his debut for the club on the last match day of the season against Osasuna. He was send on loan to Belgium before the start of the next term.

Placements in Monaco and Valenciennes followed, but he certainly made the biggest impact in Munich. He was by no means a bad player, but simply not good enough for Real Madrid.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
Low – a bad purchase like that of Kagelmacher is hardly noticable in the history of the club.

What did Real Madrid regret?
Not much – the transfer wasn’t meaningful enough overall.


 

Once among the most expensive players in the world, then a singer and today a manager – that has been the carrier of the “Ryan Giggs of Bosnia”. Until the transfer of Edin Dzeko in 2011, Elvir Baljic was the most expensive player from Bosnia. To this day, he is regarded as one of the best players the country has ever produced.

After 18 goals in 30 games for Fenerbahce Istanbul, John Toshack, Real’s manager at the time, brought Elvir Baljic to Madrid for the hefty sum of 26 million euros. Injury problems limited his playing time, and in his first season with Real he only played in 11 games and only scored a single goal. The following season, John Toshack was fired and Vicente del Bosque took over at the club. Unfortunately for Baljic, this also meant that he had to find a new home.

After being sent on loan to Fenerbahce and Rayo Vallecano, he was transferred back to Galatasaray in 2002. However, he was never able to rediscover his old form, and he eventually opted for a career as a musician.

Things didn’t go much better for him there, so he returned to football a few years  later. Baljic was part of the coaching staff of Safet Susic, who lead Bosnia to their first World Cup in Brazil. Today, he is managing a club of his own, but who knows, maybe we will soon see him with a microphone in hand again.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
High, the player was expensive and flopped completely.

What did Real Madrid regret?
Everything – the purchase and the sale, which didn’t bring any money.


 

The 1990s were certainly not a time that will be remembered fondly among the former inhabitants of the Republic of Yugoslavia. The communist regime collapsed and a horrible war split the formerly largest country in the Balkans into independent states.

At the start of the 90s, Yugoslavian football was able to celebrate its biggest victory. Red Star Belgrade surprisingly won the European Champion Clubs' Cup, and Europe’s biggest clubs fought over talents such as Prosinecki und Savicevic.

Naturally, the top players took advantage of this opportunity and continued their careers with clubs such as AC Milan and Barca. This opened the door for a new generation of talented footballers, among them Perica Ognjenovic. The young striker scored 19 goals during four years in Belgrade. Reason enough for Real Madrid to sign the upcoming star.

Unfortunately, Ognjenovic failed to follow in the footsteps of his countryman Mijatovic. Over two years in Madrid, he played in only 12 games and did not score a single goal. His career took a steep plunge. His time in Madrid was followed by transfers to Kaiserslautern, China, Greece and finally Serbia, where he ended his career.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
High, the player was expensive and turned out to be a complete flop.

What did Real Madrid regret?
Everything – the purchase and the sale, which didn’t bring in any money.


 

When Florentino Perez signed 26-year-old Brazilian Flavio Conceicao for 26 million euros in the summer of 2000, everyone in Madrid was sure that the midfielder from Deportivo was the ideal addition to their team.

There was no reason for any doubts, as Conceicao had been one of the key players when La Coruna won the championship the previous year.

Once in Madrid, however, Conceicao was suddenly only a shadow of his former self, and in four years he only managed 45 appearances for the first team. The competition in Makelele, McManaman and Guti was too strong. Thus he decided to move to Dortmund (where he also flopped) and then to Galatasaray in Turkey.

Although he played 44 matches for Brazil during his career, winning two Copa Americas and a FIFA Confederation Cup in the process, “The Lad” somehow managed to waste his talent.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
Huge, one of the biggest flops of the club’s history.

What did Real Madrid regret?
Everything – the purchase and the sale, €26m went up in flames.


 

When he was only 12 years old, Tomas Mejias moved from local team CD Coslada to the Real Madrid Youth Academy. The talented goalkeeper spent 11 years with Real’s second team and played in almost 150 games.

His career with the first squad was anything but successful, as his debut against Getafe only lasted for 10 minutes. Jose Mourinho substituted him for Antonio Adan, who was playing horribly and had already conceded 4 goals in the game.

This one match was the only time he played for the team, because the competition in living legend Iker Casillas was simply too strong for Tomas.

He later joined Middlesbrough in the English Premier League, but once again, Mejias was only the second choice in goal. From 2001, he only managed 10 appearances for the club. His biggest success was arguably when he saved a penalty against Wayne Rooney in the fourth round of the League Cup.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
Medium, one of Real’s own talents that ….

What did Real Madrid regret?
The necessary sale.


 

Summer, sun and beaches – the entire life of the people of Cape Verde revolves around the ocean, and only few decide to take up a career in football. Valmiro Lopez Rocha – nicknamed Valdo – was one of them. As of 2018, he is the only person from Cape Verde to have had the honour of playing for the home team at Santiago Bernabeu at least once.

His career as a footballer began with Madrid's second team, where he played 60 games and scored 8 goals. This was obviously a good enough reason for Vicente del Bosque to give him a chance in the first team.

However, Valdo never really found his way in the new environment, and he only managed to play a single game for the Galacticos.

The next season, he was transferred to Osasuna, where he developed into a key player and appeared in more than 100 games. Over the course of his career, he went on to play for Espanyol, Malaga and Levante. He performed well for all those clubs, which shows that the pressure in Madrid was simply too much for Valdo.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
Medium, a talent from their own academy …

What did Real Madrid regret?
The necessary sale and the fact that it didn‘t work out.


 

As a child, Antoniio Nunez dreamed of playing for Real Madrid. The Madrid-born youngster began his football career with the local clubs of San Federico and Las Rozas. In 2001, he joined Real's second team. Over three years, he played a respectable 64 games and scored 12 goals.

Carlos Quieroz, former assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson, fulfilled Antonio's long-awaited wish in 2003 and gave him the opportunity to prove himself in Real's first team. Over the season, Nunez only had 11 caps for the team – all of them as a substitute.

As part of the transfer package for Michael Owen, he was sent to Liverpool the next season. Unfortunately, he was never really able to prove himself there either.

With a transfer to Celta Vigo, he managed to revive his career and developed into one of the team’s most important players – another good player who couldn't handle the pressure and expectations at Santiago Bernabeu.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
Medium, a talent who ….

What did Real Madrid regret?
The necessary sale.


Not the worst, but by far the most aggressive player on this list – that honour belongs to Thomas Gravesen. In 2005, the experienced Dane was signed for €3.4m from Everton by the infamous duo of manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo and sports director Arrigo Sacchi.

Right from the start, Gravesen’s aggressive style made plenty of enemies – both at other clubs in Spain and within his own team.

Gravesen rarely distinguished between trainings and matches, or friends and foes. After Luxemburgo and Sacchi were dismissed, Gravesen was also quickly “disposed of” and placed on the transfer list.

Gravesen was ready to leave the club. However, new manager Lopez Caro gave him a second chance. After another training incident, this time with then superstar Robinho, the inevitable followed. Gravesen was sent to Scotland to Celtic Glasgow. The Scottish Premier League seemed to suit his aggressive style better, and he went on to have a successful career with The Celts.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
High, a player with Gravesen’s style would have benefited the team.

What did Real Madrid regret?
The necessary sale, Gravesen seemed to fit well into the system for a while.


 

Every true football fan will be familiar with the Leeds United squad that managed to surprise everyone by making the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Young talents such as Rio Ferdinand, Alan Smith, Harry Kewell and Jonathan Woodgate were in the form of their lives and stunned the whole of Europe. Woodgate was one of the team's key players. That was enough to arouse the interest of Real Madrid.

After a stint at Newcastle United, the English centre-back joined Real for an impressive 18.5 million euros. His first season in Madrid was catastrophic – he did not play a single game because he was injured for a long time at the time of the transfer. However, things got even worse. In his first game, he scored an own goal and was taken off the pitch.

Three years and 9 games later, Woodgate moved back to England, but his form declined year after year. He never again reached the form he displayed during his time with Leeds.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
Huge, what a failed transfer.

What did Real Madrid regret?
Everything – the purchase and the sale, which didn’t bring in any money.


 

The career of the native Basque from San Sebastian began in 1993 with the Spanish third-league club Deportivo Alaves. At a young age, Campo quickly developed into a regular in Alaves.

After his time with Alaves, Campo was signed by Valencia, where he faired very well. Three years later, the tough centre-back attracted the attention of Real Madrid. He was signed by the recent Champions League winner for a transfer fee of 3 million euros. Things started out well for him in Madrid, as he improved his play and helped the Galacticos win another Champions League title.

However, that was all that Campo was able to achieve in Madrid. Over the next few years, he become one of the most criticised players in the Spanish capital. His hairstyle was unique, but his skills as a footballer were far below the high standards of Real. In five years playing for the club, he only managed 60 games and a single  goal.

In 2002, he was sent to Bolton on loan, who signed him the following season. He spent five years in England and played almost 150 games.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
Medium, he simply didn’t make it.

What did Real Madrid regret?
Not much – no big drama. Neither the purchase nor the sale.


 

The fans of Real Madrid are without a doubt among the most critical football fans in the world. Only very few players manage to earn the fans‘ respect, and even club legends like Iker Casillas have been booed for bad performances in the past.

In January of 2006, Real Madrid signed promising striker Antonio Cassano from AS Roma. However, just a few days later, it become clear that Cassano was a far cry away from his ideal shape.

The Italian was massively overweight. Pictures of him were featured in the papers on a daily basis, not because of his goals, but because of the many scandals he was involved in. Cassano later admitted in his biography that he often showed up for matches after having celebrated through the entire night. His escapades also included several orgies, which the press found out about rather easily since he organised them in the team’s hotel before matches. The picture where Cassano munches on croissants during training is probably still burned into the minds of Real’s fans.

After two years, 19 games and a lousy two goals, he returned to Italy. One of the worst transfers in Real Madrid’s history – the club’s management would do well to forget about the whole thing.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
Massive – the fans were furious.

What did Real Madrid regret?
Everything – the purchase and the sale, which didn’t bring in any money.


 

At the time, the transfer saga around Brazilian superstar Kaka was one of the most hotly debated topics in the football world. Florentino Perez and Silvio Berlusconi had countless discussions about the future of the Brazilian wizard, and after months of negotiations, Perez finally had some good news for the fans – Kaka joined the Galacticos for a transfer fee of 65 million euros.

Full of anticipation, the fans gathered in the stadium to catch a glimpse of their new favourite. The ultras could hardly wait to finally see Kaka work his magic on the pitch. Unfortunately for them, things went very differently.

Haunted by various injuries, the Ballon d'or winner was never able to reach the form that turned him into a megastar in Milan. In Madrid, Kaka was merely a shadow of his former self.

Neither Manuel Pellegrini nor Jose Mourinho were able to bring Kaka to work his magic. Kaka played in 83 games for Real Madrid. His time as a Galactico ended when he was sent back to Milan without a transfer fee.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
Massive – Ballon d'Or winner and then this.

What did Real Madrid regret?
Everything – the purchase and the sale, which didn’t bring in any money. €65m went up in flames. That hurt even Real.


 

The surprise team in the Spanish La Liga in 2009 was Getafe. Led by their young manager Michel, the club from the Madrid metropolitan area managed to qualify for the Europa League for only the second time in their history. Players such as Derek Boateng, Manu del Moral and Gavilan overwhelmed their opponents with their fast-pace play, but one name stood out among them.

Then 23-year old Pedro Leon was the team’s showpiece. During the season, the winger scored 8 goals and had another 9 assists. It didn’t take long until Real came knocking with an offer. A short time later, Pedro Leon was playing in the larger stadium in Madrid, having joined Real for a transfer fee of 10 million euros.

In the pre-season games, he played excellently, and the expectations grew accordingly. He quickly scored his first competitive goal as well and was allowed to play in the Champions League. However, for inexplicable reasons, the young Spaniard’s form quickly deteriorated. Over the entire season, he only managed to play in 6 games for Real.

Disagreements with Jose Mourinho and his catastrophic form caused both the fans and Mourinho himself to mock the player. After a training dispute with Fernando Gago, they were both kicked off the team. One year later, Pedro Leon returned to Getafe.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
Medium, he had the potential to become a star.

What did Real Madrid regret?
The sale, which brought only a small transfer fee.


Real Madrid Football Academy is considered one of the best football schools in the entire world. It has produced various club legends such as Iker Casillas or Raul Gonzales. However, not all of the players from the academy have what it takes to become superstars. Alvaro Mejia Perez is the perfect example that talent alone sometimes isn’t enough, and that you also have to train from time to time and invest a lot of work into your development as a player.

In 2001, talented centre-back Alvaro Mejia joined Castilla and quickly worked his way into the first squad. His first season was decent to good, and so he managed to make the Champions League squad.

Right from the start however, he went into free fall. He only achieved 5 appearances in his first season, and only 40 in three years with Real. His skills as a footballer were simply too far below the expected level.

As a consequence, he was transferred to Murcia and later to Alvaro. Mejia was never able to reach his full potential.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
Medium, one of Real’s own talents who …..

What did Real Madrid regret?
The necessary sale, because one of their talents didn’t make it.


 

There is no doubt that Miguel Palanca was one of the most talented players at RCD Espanyol. After 49 appearances for Espanyol B, he made his professional debut for the club. It wasn’t long after that until Real showed their interest in the young player.

In 2008, the young player from Catalonia joined Real Madrid Castilla, where he played a very respectable season. He made 31 appearances and scored 5 goals.

In the next season, he made the switch to the professional squad. Unfortunately, that was also the moment his form started to deteriorate. In two years with the Galacticos, he only played in 3 games. As a consequence, he was soon sent to Castellon on loan.

While playing for his new club, he slowly regained his old form. Nonetheless, it was obvious that he simply wasn’t good enough to play for Real Madrid.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
Low – no real harm done.

What did Real Madrid regret?
The necessary sale, because one of their talents didn’t make it.


 

Anyone who has ever played Football Manager will surely be familiar with this player. Drenthe is the perfect example of a talented footballer whose career was ruined by a bad attitude and unprofessional behaviour.

In 2007, Real Madrid signed the promising young player from Feyenoord – for a transfer fee of 14 million euros. At only 20 years of age, he was one of the best young players in Europe. The football experts predicted that he would go on to have a great career.

However, Drenthe was never able to prove his potential in Madrid. He was eventually send to Hercules on loan, where he became a “persona non grata”. During his time with Hercules, he was involved in various traffic accidents, took part in a reality show and extended his holiday several times – without the club's permission, of course. After one year he was already shipped to Everton on loan.

When his contract with Real ran out, for obvious reasons no other club seemed interested in signing him. At the end of 2017, he announced that he would end his football career to become a DJ – good luck.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
Huge – a Real monster flop on every level.

What did Real Madrid regret?
Everything – the purchase and the sale, which didn’t bring in any money.


 

In order to finally become Spanish champions again, in 2009 Real desperately searched for players to improve their squad. When they announced in the winter of 2009 that Julien Faubert, a bench player at West Ham United, was exactly the kind of player that Real was looking for, most thought that this was a bad joke.  

It wasn’t, however, and Faubert joined Real on loan – for a fee of 1.5 million euros. Everything that happened afterwards seemed like something straight out of a Hollywood comedy.

Early during his time in Madrid, he missed a training session because he thought that he had been given the day off. As if this wasn’t bad enough, a few days later he fell asleep on the bench during a game against Villareal.

The Faubert transfer is considered the mother of all bad Real transfers, as well as a complete flop. In retrospect, nobody wanted to take responsibility for the disastrous transfer – neither the coaching staff, nor the management or the board.


Regret factor for Real Madrid:
Very high. The symbol of all bad Real transfers. Highly damaging to the club’s image

What did Real Madrid regret?
Everything – the purchase and the sale, which didn’t bring in any money.


 


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