The 10 Best Real Madrid Players in History

Best Real Madrid Players in History

The Real Madrid is one of the most important teams in the world. Making a list with the best players in its history is not an easy task, but we are going to select the 10 best white soccer players taking into account all those who have worn the elastic since its creation in 1902.

Ranking The 10 Best Real Madrid Players in History:

Before starting the ranking, we are going to explain the way in which we are going to score each player. Above all so that you can see that we will rely on data, as well as opinion, to determine who are the most influential and determining footballers in the history of Real Madrid.

Some of those mentioned in this article are also present in the ranking of the best players in history, which is quite logical. We are talking about the club with the most titles in this sport.

How we Rank the Best Players in History?

For this we are going to use three criteria that will help us to classify and order the best Real Madrid players:

  • Individual Quality: 30%.
  • Titles: 40%.
  • Leadership: 30%.

Most likely, the youngest will barely know three or four players, but there are more than 100 years of history to watch. Cristiano Ronaldo was not the only star to shine at the Santiago Bernabeu (one of the best stadiums in the world).

10. Fernando Hierro:

  • Full Name: Fernando Ruiz Hierro
  • Date of Birth: 23 March 1968
  • Place of Birth: Vélez-Málaga, Spain
  • Height: 1.87 m
  • Position(s): Defender, Defensive Midfielder

The legendary Real Madrid captain, Fernando Hierro, was a mainstay of the Chamartin team for more than a decade. He played more than 600 official matches with the Real Madrid shirt, figures that very few players have been able to match.

His best moment was the 1998 European Cup final (May 20), where Hierro wiped out Alessandro Del Piero of the mighty Juventus. The white team would win the title by winning 1-0 with a goal from Pedja Mijatovic (the seventh).

Hierro would lead his team to two other European titles during his time at the Bernabeu, but perhaps the most impressive was the 147 goals he accumulated from defense, not bad for an old-fashioned midfielder who ended up leading the defense as a central defender.

Real Madrid Statistics:

YearsMatchesGoals
1989–2003 Real Madrid 439102

9. Paco Gento:

  • Full Name: Francisco Gento López
  • Date of Birth: 21 October 1933
  • Place of Birth: Guarnizo, El Astillero, Spain
  • Position(s): Outside-left

Francisco Gento, Ron Harris, Peter Osgood, Peter Houseman, Peter Bonetti…
Gento, affectionately known as Paco, was a natural winner. The legendary number 11 became one of Real Madrid’s most decorated players.

He participated in eight European finals, over three decades wearing the white elastic, proclaiming himself champion six times. He continues to be the player who has won the most European Cups (6).

But Paco’s achievements don’t stop there. His trophy cabinet must be practically overflowing, as he has won less than 12 La Liga titles with the great Madrid teams of the 50s and 60s. Without a doubt, he would be among the best teams in history. for everything achieved at the title level.

Real Madrid Statistics:

YearsMatchesGoals
1953–1971 Real Madrid 428128

8. Raymond Kopa:

  • Full Name: Raymond Kopaszewski
  • Date of Birth: 13 October 1931
  • Place of Birth: Nœux-les-Mines, France
  • Height: 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
  • Position(s): Attacking Midfielder

Kopa became the first Frenchman to be crowned European champion, beating Fiorentina (2-0) with Real Madrid in 1957, shortly after receiving the Ballon d’Or .

The triumph over the Italians was the first of three consecutive European titles that Kopa would win during his short but successful three-year stay in Madrid.

The “Little Napoleon”, as Marca dubbed him, established a great partnership with Ferenc Puskas in attack and scored 24 goals in 79 games as playmaker.

Real Madrid Statistics:

YearsMatchesGoals
1956–1959 Real Madrid 7924

7. Luka Modric:

  • Full Name: Luka Modrić
  • Date of Birth: 9 September 1985
  • Place of Birth: Zadar, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Height: 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
  • Position(s): Midfielder

Another Ballon d’Or winner, Luka Modric received the award in 2018, the same year he completed his particular ‘hattrick’ of consecutive European successes with Madrid.

The little Croatian has been the creative cogwheel of the white team since 2012 and has established himself as a true specialist in his position worldwide.

It may come as a surprise that he only has one La Liga title, but his four Champions League wins make up for it, and he will be remembered as a great today in the Spanish capital. Few players have controlled the timing of the ball better, keeping possession and distributing the game in an agile and vertical way.

Real Madrid Statistics:

YearsMatchesGoals
2012– Real Madrid 28020

6. Sergio Ramos:

  • Full Name: Sergio Ramos García
  • Date of Birth: 30 March 1986
  • Place of Birth: Camas, Spain
  • Height: 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
  • Position(s): Defender

Sergio Ramos has broken the mold by breaking records. Beyond the evolution he has had on the field (from right back to center back through the defensive midfielder). It has established itself as the undisputed leader since landing in 2005 at the Bernabeu from Sevilla FC.

The charismatic Andalusian center-back has managed to see a goal in all the seasons he has been at the Santiago Bernabeu, scoring more than 100 goals in all the seasons he has been at the club. At the title level, he can boast of having won five leagues and four Champions League ( this was Sergio Ramos’ goal in the 93rd minute).

The one from Camas is a born winner and he definitely bears his team’s crest in his heart. As a less showy detail, he has recently broken a new record by becoming the player with the most cards seen in the history of Spain.

The high number of games he has played as a center back makes it difficult not to be reprimanded so many times, but negative records do not understand this type of nuance.

Real Madrid Statistics:

YearsMatchesGoals
2005–2021 Real Madrid 469100

5. Raul Gonzalez:

  • Full Name: Raúl González Blanco
  • Date of Birth: 27 June 1977
  • Place of Birth: Madrid, Spain
  • Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
  • Position(s): Forward

Raul Gonzalez Blanco was undoubtedly Real Madrid’s top scorer until the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo. The eternal white 7 was overshadowed by a CR that broke all records.

But even so, the Spaniard is still revered as one of the greatest to have played for the Madrid club. His celebration by kissing the ring finger remains in the memory of the fan who has been able to enjoy the 323 goals scored by the striker.

An icon of Madridismo, he was an inspiring captain, a shining example for anyone who took the field. His goals contributed greatly to all six league titles and three European Cups. He also holds the record for appearances for the club, a staggering 741 times.

Real Madrid Statistics:

YearsMatchesGoals
1994–2010 Real Madrid 550228

4. Hugo Sanchez:

  • Full Name: Hugo Sánchez Márquez
  • Date of Birth: 11 July 1958
  • Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Height: 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Position(s): Forward

Hugo Sanchez, the Mexican goal man who held the LaLiga goal record for years with Real Madrid. A forward widely known as a showman. Hugo Sanchez was more than just a ‘finder’.

The hair to ‘afro’ Sanchez was quite striking but endeared himself to the fans merengue for his volleys and exuberant celebrations acrobatic goal. The jumps, cartwheels and acrobatics that he executed on the grass after scoring are not wasted.

The forward is one of the most prolific to have dressed the Bernabeu turf, scoring 208 goals in 282 games at a time when he has won five Spanish league titles. The striker, considered the best Mexican player in history, marked an entire era for the white club.

Real Madrid Statistics:

YearsMatchesGoals
1985–1992 Real Madrid207164

3. Ferenc Puskas:

  • Birth Name: Ferenc Purczeld
  • Date of Birth: 2 April 1927
  • Place of Birth: Budapest, Kingdom of Hungary
  • Height: 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
  • Position(s): Striker, Attacking Midfielder

‘Pancho’ has been dubbed the best left-hander who has ever played with the white elastic. The Hungarian often dazzled the Madrid fans with his quality details, dribbling with great class and effectiveness.

Surprisingly, he landed in Madrid at the age of 31 , but he performed as if he had reached the beginning of his sports career. He proved that age was simply a number and racked up astonishing numbers to his credit: 242 goals in 262 games.

The extraordinary scoring touch of the burly forward helped Madrid to three European titles and five La Liga titles. Such was his ability to find the back of the net, that FIFA posthumously named his award for best goal in 2017, one of many the forward scored.

Real Madrid Statistics:

YearsMatchesGoals
1958–1966 Real Madrid 180156

2. Cristiano Ronaldo:

  • Full Name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
  • Date of Birth: 5 February 1985
  • Place of Birth: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
  • Height: 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
  • Position(s): Forward

Cristiano Ronaldo came to Real Madrid as the most expensive signing in the history of football (at the time). The expectations were very high from the first day, but the Portuguese did not disappoint and based on goals he has slipped into the second place of the best in the club’s history. In their country they do not hesitate to place him as the best Portuguese player in history.

The Portuguese star has won five Ballons d’Or in the Messi era, leading his team to win two leagues and four Champions League. CR7’s numbers are staggering, scoring a total of 451 goals in 438 matches played . These records have been expanded by adding a total number of goals throughout his career at the height of very few forwards.

Although he is not the player who has won the most titles with the merengue club, he is the one who has seen the door the most times. He holds the team’s record for goals in both LaLiga and the Champions League, helping the team to win a large part of the titles that shine in the showcases of the Santiago Bernabeu.

In fact, the Portuguese footballer is one of the top scorers in the history of football and continues to increase his statistics now with the Juventus jersey.

Real Madrid Statistics:

YearsMatchesGoals
2009–2018 Real Madrid 292311

1. Alfredo di Stefano, The Best Player In The History of Real Madrid:

  • Full Name: Alfredo Stéfano Di Stéfano Laulhé
  • Date of Birth: 4 July 1926
  • Place of Birth: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
  • Position(s): Forward/Midfielder

If we are going to define the best player of a club like Real Madrid, we must read what other players like Pele, Eusebio or Bobby Charlton said about him in his day .

Almost nothing, right? Di Stefano is considered one of the best players in the history of football and he is the only one to have received the Super Ballon d’Or, which was awarded to him in 1989. Di Stefano was so good that, having played with two different teams, he is considered one of the best Argentine players in history, but also one of the most famous Spanish footballers in history.

Alfredo di Stefano won five consecutive European titles during the 1950s with Madrid, scoring in all of them to end up winning two Ballon d’Or trophies.

He is Madrid’s top scorer in the Classical together with Cristiano Ronaldo, with 17 goals against Barcelona, ​​and in his 11 years with the Whites, he was an eight-time League winner.

These are the best players in the history of Real Madrid. In the comment section you share your opinion, and decide which player deserves this distinction, do you dare?

Real Madrid Statistics:

YearsMatchesGoals
1953–1964 Real Madrid282216

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