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Best players in Real Madrid history

Updated on October 2, 2010

The best Real Madrid players of all time

What Real Madrid fan does not remember Di Stefano, Hugo Sanchez and Zidane, just to mention 3 historical figures of the club? What can we say about Raul Gonzalez or the club’s newest star, Cristiano Ronaldo? These are elite players who have stood out from the rest for their technique and wonderful football ability.

Let’s run through the history of some of the greatest players of the club who have amazed fans and won important awards during their career at Real Madrid.

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Real Madrid’s “pichichis”

The player with the most “pichichis” (Spanish league top scorer) while at Real Madrid was the extraordinary Alfredo Di Stefano, winning the award on 5 occasions. The last player who has received it so far was Ronaldo during the 2003/04 season.

The following is a list of Real Madrid players who have won the award, the number of goals and season:

·       Alfredo Di Stéfano (5 seasons): 27 (1953/54); 24 (1955/56); 31 (1956/57); 19 (1957/58) and 23 (1958/59)

·       Ferenc Puskás (4 seasons): 26 (1959/60); 27 (1960/61); 26 (1962/63) and 20 (1963/64)

·       Hugo Sánchez (4 seasons): 22 (1985/86); 34 (1986/87); 29 (1987/88) and 38 (1989/90)

·       Raúl González (2 seasons): 25 (1998/99) and 24 (2000/01)

·       Amancio Amaro (2 seasons): 14 (1968/69) and 16 (1969/70)

·       Ruud Van Nistelrooy: 25 (2006/07)

·       Manuel Olivares: 16 (1932/33)

·       Pahiño: 28 (1951/52)

·       Juanito: 17 (1983/84)

·       Emilio Butragueño: 19 (1990/91)

·       Iván Zamorano: 28 (1994/95)

·       Ronaldo: 24 (2003/04)

Great Ronaldo goals and plays

Zamora Trophy

So far, 11 Real Madrid goalkeepers have won the Zamora Trophy (lowest goal-to-games ratio) for his performance during the season. The first goalkeeper awarded was Ricardo Zamora in 1931/32 and 1932/33. Iker Casillas, Real Madrid and Spanish Football Team goalkeeper, has been the last player to win the prize during the 2007/08 season.

Real Madrid goalkeepers who have been awarded with this prize for their effort and the lowest “goal-to-games” ratio during the season:

·       Ricardo Zamora (2 seasons): 1931/32 and 1932/33

·       José Bañón: 1945/46

·       Juan Alonso: 1954/55

·       José Vicente Train (3 times): 1960/61, 1962/63 and 1963/64

·       José Araquistáin: 1961/62

·       Antonio Betancort (2 times): 1964/65 and 1966/67

·       Andrés Junquera: 1967/68

·       Miguel Ángel González: 1975/76

·       Agustín Rodríguez: 1982/83

·       Paco Buyo (twice): 1987/88 and 1991/92

·       Iker Casillas: 2007/08

Great Iker Casillas saves

Golden Ball

Five Real Madrid players have won the Ballon d’Or or Golden Ball, one of the most important awards that a football player may aspire to worldwide. Alfredo Di Stefano, one of the most important figures of the club, was the first player to receive this prize, and the last, the Italian Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.

Real Madrid players who have been awarded the Ballon d’Or:

·       Alfredo Di Stéfano 1957

·       Raymond Kopa 1958

·       Alfredo Di Stéfano 1959

·       Luis Figo 2000

·       Ronaldo 2002

·       Fabio Cannavaro 2006

FIFA World Player of the Year

The 2000 season was great for Real Madrid regarding the FIFA trophy. For 3 consecutive years (2001, 2002 and 2003) and then in 2006, different players of the club received the award as the season’s best player, granted by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association:

·       Luís Figo 2001

·       Ronaldo 2002

·       Zinedine Zidane 2003

·       Fabio Cannavaro 2006

European Golden Boot

The Golden Boot or Shoe was given to one of the most representative players of the club, the skillful Hugo Sanchez in the 1989/90 season, during which he scored a total of 38 goals.

Great overhead Hugo Sanchez goal

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      fayis 3 years ago

      hala madrid

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      Dutchmaster10 4 years ago from England

      Ferenc Puskas (The Galloping General) without any shadow of a doubt. 156 goals in 180 games. Scorer of 4 goals in the 1960 European Cup Final when Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3. He had everything. Vision, poise, balance, elegance. He oozed class.

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      Robi 5 years ago

      where is Puskas Ferenc?, he was the best

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      rupesh kumar 5 years ago

      ruud van nistelrooy is the best player in real madrid football history.He is incredible and extraordinary.agreat dutch player

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      AMOAKO AKOTO 5 years ago


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      kaka 5 years ago

      Real madrid coach is half minded because he has sent kaka out of his team. all the best kaka for your next club. i don't now in which club you will go but that club will be mooooooooooooooooooost lucky. i am the biggest fan of you. Don't feel that you are alone. We all are with you.

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      jgvccghwcvwvyuc 5 years ago

      the man who will say kaka is a bad player , he is a big fooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

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      abhijeet 5 years ago

      kaka and c.ronaldo best football player ever. i hate messi

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      J n d 5 years ago

      Raul Gonzales has no peer in R.Madrid history

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      Wakeen 5 years ago

      Hugo Sanchez the best!!!! Por las chilenas!!!!!

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      Mulindwa Andrew 5 years ago

      Christiano Ronaldoooooooooooooooo is the best and he will remain the best ever because he plays good football. he is a class above to those other players

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      kusi 5 years ago

      ronaldo luiz nazario the best ever

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      the star 5 years ago

      of course anyone knows it is ronaldo luiz nazario de lima that guy had a great talent and his goal scoring ratio was very good el fenomeno the best ever

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      Duceysane 5 years ago

      Amizin for kaka like also he is my fov.

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      ihalamadrid 5 years ago

      where is santiago berrnabeu ? :)

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      cliff chebochok 5 years ago


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      micheal 5 years ago

      madrid should try and win the laliga and champions league

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      abdu 5 years ago

      fernando hiero but you also didn't watch hesextremly fantastic

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      miloskc 5 years ago

      Where is Predrag Mijatovic? Scored the winning goal in CL final in 1998!

      Great hub! Voted up!

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      the one and only 5 years ago

      I can't believe Raul got only 7%.The one of greatest football players ever,not just of Real Madrid's history,of world history of soccer.He won 3 champions league titles for real madrid and scored 350 goals,he is definently the best one.

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      KB 5 years ago

      Cristiano Ronaldo the INCOMPARABLE has proven to be the best of all time .. he does things with a ball many legends would dream of doing.

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      Devesh Pravin Raut 5 years ago

      CRISTIANO RONALDO is the best footballer in the whole existing universe

      and not even one footballer is like him,he cannot be compared he has no comparison with any one in football and is the best of all.

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      Babawale abiodun 6 years ago

      Alfredo di stefano is d real madrid player of all time.

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      kauro8 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Another good hub, My choice is definitely Zidane, he is absolutely amazing.

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      Batbold Darisuren 6 years ago from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

      In my side, Luis Ronaldo, a brazilian footballer, is the best. But now Cristiano Ronaldo will become a real legend in Real Madrid's history in the future. Doubtless, it is true.

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      samtenabray 6 years ago from uk

      For me it has got to be Raul, he is just such a legend and he is still playing football. Very hard to compare throughout the generations of great players that this club had. Intriguing article!

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      Vr 6 years ago

      Ferenc Puskás Best for ever!

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Hala Madrid! Hala Madrid! El gran capitan Raul!

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      hellobarcelona 7 years ago from Barcelona

      Cheers to all for your comments and votes!

      Surprised CR7 is getting so many votes, he only started "yesterday" :)

      Keep the votes and comments coming, it's very interesting to hear everyone's opinions!

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      EdgarCarlos52 7 years ago

      Kaka is beast! Nice post man!(:

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      mmdohmlh 7 years ago

      Roooooonaldoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ! ladies and gentil men !

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      Teddy Fan 7 years ago

      Completely agree, di Stefano was an incredible player.

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      saifhayel 7 years ago

      Alfredo di Stefano is definitely the best player in the club's history, people didn't vote for him because they didn't watch him playing...

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      RONALDOOO 7 years ago

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      Donnacha C 7 years ago from Ennis, Co Clare, Republic of Ireland

      Ferenc Puskas (top goalscorer of the 20th century) and Alfredo DiStefano (best player of the 20th century) are defenitely the best players in Reald Madrid`s history...Ronaldo can only dream of becoming such a legend as those two.....

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      mmdohmlh 7 years ago

      R9 ronaldo is player that from another planet! ronaldooooooooooooooo phenomenon is the best!

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      hellobarcelona 7 years ago from Barcelona

      Thanks very much for your comments!! Yeah, a lot of great players have been in Real Madrid, i like Casillas best :)

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      North Wind 7 years ago from The World (for now)

      Di Stefano is one of the best for me. I also cannot forget Zomorano and Carlos. Not to mention Casillas and Raul and Ramos, Higuain, Figo and Kaka.... Who am I kidding I love all of Real...great hub!