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Top 5 Real Madrid transfer flops from the Premier League

Top 5 Real Madrid transfer flops from the Premier League
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Real Madrid have signed some great Premier League players, but not all have been a success as we name their 5 biggest transfer flops from England.

Real Madrid have always been big spenders in the transfer market, no matter what era. It’s been one of the key reasons for their success, both in the past and present. Hence, there are always rumors linking them to Premier League stars.

In fact, Los Blancos have signed 24 players from the Premier League in the past.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the Spanish club’s greatest signing, both from England and their entire history. They’ve also enjoyed success with Gareth Bale, David Beckham, and Steve McManaman.

But sometimes the famous all-white strip of Real Madrid has proved too much for some Premier League stars, which we’ll check out in this list here.

Thomas Gravesen

Thomas Gravesen
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Real Madrid surprisingly signed the Dane from Everton mid-way into the 2004/05 campaign, hoping he would bring some steel into their midfield. While it was an interesting one, it ended on a sour note.

Gravesen, aka “Mad Dog”, only lasted a year over at the Santiago Bernabeu. He made 49 appearances, but is better remembered for his bust-up with Robinho in a training session in 2006.

He later left for Scottish giants Celtic and retired two years later.

Gabriel Heinze

Gabriel Heinze
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The now-retired defender was sort of a stop-and-go in the left-back position between Roberto Carlos and Marcelo.

He became the third Manchester United player to join Real Madrid after David Beckham and Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2007 for a reported €12m fee, but was used only sparingly by the club.

Therefore, Heinze packed his bags in 2009 for Marseille and retired five years later at boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys.

Michael Essien

Michael Essien
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After losing his spot in the Chelsea line-up, Essien reunited with old coach Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid for the 2012/13 campaign on loan.

The Ghanaian hoped his ‘Daddy’ would help him get back to his best following a troubling knee injury. However, he wasn’t a popular figure within the Real Madrid camp.

Much to Mourinho’s disgust, in fact, only a handful of the squad allegedly turned up for Essien’s 30th birthday.

Although the former Lyon midfielder still clocked a respectable 35 appearances to his name before returning to Chelsea in 2013.

Jonathan Woodgate

Jonathan Woodgate
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Probably one of Real Madrid’s worst signings of all-time, let alone in from the Premier League.

Nobody even understood why Los Blancos signed Woodgate in 2004 for €18.3m in the first place, especially with his frequent injury problem. In fact, he didn’t make his debut until a year later.

Although Woodgate probably wished he stayed injured after scoring an own goal and then getting sent off against Athletic Bilbao.

More injuries troubles restricted Woodgate to 14 appearances before he left for hometown club Middlesbrough in 2006.

Julien Faubert

Julien Faubert
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Probably Real Madrid’s worst signing this century, even though he didn’t cost the club anything. Faubert barely got a game at West Ham prior to his move and his most noteworthy contribution at Real Madrid was to fall asleep on the subs bench.

Yet, Real Madrid signed him on loan from West Ham in January 2009 with a buy option included.

Although Faubert played just 54 minutes of La Liga football in his two appearances before returning to West Ham at the end of the season.