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With Mariano’s imminent return to Real Madrid, we talk about the players who returned from a short stint and came back to succeed at the club.

Now that Sevilla’s president has confirmed that Mariano Diaz will be going to Real Madrid during the transfer window, we talk about other players who left the club and returned to triumph with Los Blancos. We are going to select only a few of the many players who are now Real Madrid players after going to try their luck somewhere else, the names we are going to discuss in this article are players who were able to succeed in the most unexpected way and who now have a secured spot in Julen Lopetegui’s side for this new project in Real Madrid. Mariano Diaz has a lot to learn from these three players, they are the prime example of what a Real Madrid product has to do in order to succeed in the most important club in football history.

Daniel Carvajal

Perhaps one of the most successful stories of a player who went to another league in Europe to triumph and returned to become an all-time great for the institution, Daniel Carvajal is the perfect case study for an article such as this one. The Spanish right-back wasn’t quite developed as a player back in 2012 when Jose Mourinho was still the club’s manager, the boss decided to let him leave on a loan to German club Bayer Leverkusen and he only needed a single season to prove everyone wrong. The Bundesliga saw the beginnings of one of the best right-backs in the world who finished the season in the best XI of the 2012-2013 tournament, the Spanish club didn’t even hesitate to get him back for €6 million and the rest is history.


Perhaps one of Zinedine Zidane’s midfield pillars who also needed to leave at first, the Brazilian was one of the most criticized players at Real Madrid when the French manager first took control of the first squad as the head coach. The club bought him in 2013 for €35 million from Sao Paulo and loaned him for a few matches in Real Madrid Castilla at the beginning, but they had to let him go on loan to a more competitive league. Playing for Porto in the 2014-2015 season, it took the player only one year before Zidane took him back to transform him into one of the most important defensive midfielders in the world. Today he is one of the leaders on the squad, Real Madrid’s life insurance for when the situation is complicated during any match against a complicated rival.

Marco Asensio

The story with Marco Asensio is very similar to the other two, the lad was bought by Real Madrid from Mallorca where he remained for the rest of the 2014-2015 season. The Spanish giants then decided to loan him to Espanyol to play the whole tournament with the ‘Periquitos’, Zidane then gave him a chance to prove his worth a year later during the summer and he has never stopped growing ever since. Marco Asensio is arguably the player with the brightest future ahead of him, a true virtuoso who can finally blossom this season without having Cristiano Ronaldo as his shadow. This is actually the player from whom Mariano can learn the most, despite being younger than him.


What other names would you add to this list of players who left Real Madrid and then came back to succeed with Los Blancos? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.