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Toni Kroos 4th, Benzema 2nd… the 5 best transfers made by Real Madrid since 2009

Real Madrid is one of the biggest clubs in the world. The dream of almost every footballer is to play for Real Madrid.

The Whites have been a dominant force in world football throughout history and have been home to some of the greatest footballers of all time.

In fact, they even built their reputation and legacy around it. Real Madrid is, to this day, considered the ultimate destination for a football player thanks to the scale of their success. The reigning European champions continue to wield unprecedented influence in the transfer market.

The club has a reputation for splurging and signing the most prestigious players in the world. Over the past 13 years or so, Real Madrid have enjoyed unprecedented success, especially in the Champions League. This has a lot to do with the recruitments made during this period.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at five of Real Madrid’s best signings since 2009.

#5 Gareth Bale – Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid (€101m in 2013)

Gareth Bale will leave Real Madrid at the end of the month as a free agent. The Welshman joined Real Madrid as the most expensive player at the time, for 101 million euros in the summer of 2013. Bale had already established himself as one of Europe’s most formidable strikers when of his time at Tottenham Hotspur.

Predictably, Bale took his first steps at the Santiago Bernabeu, scoring 22 goals and providing 19 assists in 44 appearances in all competitions in his debut campaign. He also distinguished himself on several occasions with Real Madrid, scoring in the Copa Del Rey and Champions League finals that season.

Constant injuries limited his involvement in subsequent campaigns and he played a part in almost all of Real Madrid’s successes in those seasons. The highlight of Bale’s Real Madrid career has to be the brace he scored against Liverpool in the 2017-18 final, the first of which was a superb header.

Bale won three La Liga titles, five Champions League titles, three Club World Cups and a Copa Del Rey during his nine years at Real Madrid.

#4 Toni Kroos – from Bayern Munich to Real Madrid (25 million euros in 2014)

Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain: Round Of Sixteen Leg Two - UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid hijacked Manchester United’s offer for Toni Kroos and signed him in the summer of 2014 for just €25m. This deal will go down in history as one of the best deals of the 21st century as Kroos has been nothing short of phenomenal for Real Madrid ever since.

The German midfield maestro played a vital role in Real Madrid winning three successive Champions League titles between 2016 and 2018. He is one of the most stylish central midfielders of all time and his passing precise, his vision and technical ability make him superior to others.

Kroos is now 32 and still going strong. The famous midfield trio of Casemiro, Luka Modric and Kroos played a vital role in Real Madrid’s La Liga and Champions League wins last season.

Kroos won three La Liga titles, four Champions League, four FIFA Club World Cups and two UEFA Super Cups with Real Madrid.

#3 Luka Modric – Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid (35 million euros in 2012)

Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain: Round Of Sixteen Leg Two - UEFA Champions League

Luka Modric joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of 35 million euros in the summer of 2012. It should be noted that at the end of the year Modric was voted the worst signing in the season in a poll conducted by Spanish newspaper Marca.

Then-Real Madrid manager José Mourinho defended Modric publicly and the Croatia international started delivering the goods on a regular basis. The crowd at the Santiago Bernabéu quickly fell in love with him and Modric stood out as Real Madrid won the Champions League ‘La Décima’.

Modric won La Liga’s best midfielder award at the end of the 2013-14 season. He won it for the second time in the 2015-16 season. Modric also played a leading role in the three consecutive Champions League title campaigns between 2016 and 2018.

Despite being 36 years old, Modric remains one of Real Madrid’s most important players. He was in sensational form when Real Madrid won the La Liga and Champions League title last season.

He has already won three La Liga titles, five Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, three UEFA Super Cups and a Copa Del Rey with Real Madrid.

#2 Karim Benzema – Olympique Lyonnais to Real Madrid (35 million euros in 2009)

Liverpool FC v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final 2021/22

In the 12 seasons at Real Madrid since joining in the summer of 2009, Karim Benzema has cemented his status as a club legend. At 34, Benzema played the best football of his career in the 2021-22 season, propelling his side to La Liga and Champions League glory.

The French striker had to play a supporting role for the multiple superstars who came to the Santiago Bernabéu. But thanks to his versatility and technical skills, Benzema was able to get through the tough times of his time at Real Madrid with a lot of grace.

Benzema has been Real Madrid’s strongman for a few seasons now and he’s played that role to perfection. In 605 appearances for the Whites in all competitions, Benzema has scored 323 goals and provided 159 assists.

He has won four La Liga titles, five Champions League, two Copa del Rey, four Club World Cups and three UEFA Super Cups.

#1 Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United to Real Madrid (94 million euros in 2009)

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final

Cristiano Ronaldo had already established himself as one of the best players in the world when he secured his dream move to Real Madrid in 2009. But that was during his time at Real Madrid, during which he won four Ballons d’Or, that he consolidated his status as a great player of all time.

Ronaldo did the unthinkable and went up against the extraordinary Lionel Messi, who he even surpassed on several occasions. The Portuguese talisman became one of the greatest goalscorers of all time and was simply unstoppable in the Champions League in those days.

He was nicknamed ‘Mr Champions League’ and was the competition’s top scorer for six of the nine seasons he spent at Real Madrid. Ronaldo was arguably their best player when they won four Champions League titles in the space of five seasons between 2014 and 2018.

In 438 appearances in all competitions for Real Madrid, Ronaldo has scored 450 goals and provided 131 assists. He won two La Liga titles, four Champions League titles, two Copa del Rey titles, three FIFA Club World Cups and two UEFA Super Cups before leaving Real Madrid in 2018.

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