Whereas Actual Madrid are by no means afraid to splash the money on fancy new gamers, they are likely to keep away from doing a lot enterprise within the January switch window.
Madrid have typically spent the majority of their switch charges in the summertime, though they’ve made some unusual signings within the winter window.
We’ve revisited their final 15 January signings to see how they fared, and what they’re so far.
Beginning on Robinho, upsetting the followers along with his powerful style-of-play and being referred to as ‘peculiar’ by Fabio Capello. Gravesen’s time at Madrid can hardly be described as boring.
His life hasn’t turn into a lot calmer in retirement. As befitting of 1 his era’s greatest mavericks, the previous Everton midfielder was reported in 2013 to be residing in Las Vegas off the again of some profitable monetary investments.
Reported to be having fun with the on line casino circuit on the planet’s playing capital, Gravesen revealed he was residing again in Denmark throughout an interview with FourFourTwo in 2020.
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Cassano’s time at Madrid was marked by a spectacular falling out with Fabio Capello, inserting him alongside Paolo di Canio and Jimmy Bullard amongst gamers to rub Capello up the incorrect approach.
Rumoured to have bedded 700 girls by the age of 25, Cassano’s eye for the women was solely matched by his style for meals. Fittingly he was given the nickname ‘El Gordito’ (The Little Fatty in Italian).
The tip of his profession was suitably chaotic. He modified his thoughts 5 instances however finally hung up his boots for good in September 2017.
On his remaining membership, Verona, for whom he by no means performed a match, he informed Tiki Taka: “There was no spark there. It’s like whenever you’re seeing a girl and she or he now not attracts you, so you permit.”
Rumours of a return to soccer for UD Ibiza proved unfounded and Cassano was most lately within the headlines for calling Cristiano Ronaldo a “manufactured expertise”.
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A type of Brazilians who emerge in a blaze of hype earlier than finally disappointing, Cicinho’s profession was decidedly combined.
Signed in January 2006, amid robust curiosity from Sir Alex Ferguson, Cicinho solely lasted 18 months in Spain. Spells at Roma and Sivasspor failed to enhance issues, and the full-back ended up again in Brazil.
In 2012, he revealed he was an alcoholic and heavy smoker. Combating melancholy after his transfer to Actual, Cicinho confessed to getting 30 tattoos to assist struggle his sickness.
In a latest interview with Marca, Cicinho stated: “I remorse leaving Actual Madrid. I ought to have been extra skilled and put in additional effort on the pitch.”
Upon his signing in January 2007, Marcelo was hailed the successor to Roberto Carlos for each membership and nation.
13 years, 517 appearances and 22 trophies later, he’s rightly hailed as a Madrid legend and one of many best left-backs of all time.
Regardless of this, Marcelo seems more likely to depart the membership quickly; Ferland Mendy has usurped him within the first workforce and Monaco are rumoured to have an interest within the Brazilian’s signature.
Madrid, Napoli, Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea – Higuain has performed for a few of Europe’s most illustrious golf equipment throughout his profession.
Overshadowed by each Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema at Actual, the striker nonetheless scored 121 targets throughout his six-year spell on the membership.
Nowadays Higuain is popping out for Inter Miami, the place his first few appearances included a missed penalty, struggling with opposition gamers, crying a few lack of respect and scoring a powerful free-kick to remind all people what all of the fuss was about.
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Unusually underrated throughout his taking part in profession, Gago spent 5 years at Actual Madrid between 2007 and 2012 and narrowly averted signing for Mark Hughes’ Manchester Metropolis.
After retiring in November 2020, he has lately been appointed supervisor of Argentine aspect Aldosivi.
Upton Park to the Bernabeu is one in all soccer’s least trodden paths, however Faubert made the transfer in 2009 throughout a nomadic profession.
After an empathically unmemorable mortgage spell in Spain in 2009 (two appearances, no targets, accused of falling asleep on the subs’ bench), he remained at West Ham for 3 injury-prone years earlier than taking part in in Turkey, France, Scotland, Finland and Borneo.
Faubert left his most up-to-date put up as player-assistant supervisor of French membership Etoile Frejus Saint-Raphael in January 2020.
One among Harry Redknapp’s favorite gamers, Diarra spent three productive years in Madrid after a January transfer from Portsmouth.
Diarra joined Anzhi Makhachkala in 2012 earlier than winding down his profession at Lokomotiv Moscow, Marseille, Al Jazira and PSG.
He introduced his retirement in February 2019 shortly after being launched by the French champions.
Huntelaar joined Madrid from Ajax in January 2009 however was shipped off to AC Milan lower than a yr after arriving on the Bernabeu.
The striker scored over 100 targets throughout his seven years at Schalke and was a part of the Ajax squad that knocked Madrid out of the Champions League in 2018-19.
He then returned to Schalke in January 2021 to assist the membership of their struggle in opposition to relegation.
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Having fallen out of favour at Manchester Metropolis, Adebayor accomplished a shock mortgage transfer to Madrid in January 2011.
Regardless of scoring eight targets in 22 appearances and serving to Madrid win the Copa del Rey, they refused to take up an choice to purchase him.
“I had finished the whole lot to remain in Actual Madrid however due to my late brother I couldn’t keep there,” Adebayor informed the BBC in 2017. “He despatched a letter, an official letter from Adebayor’s household to the membership [saying] that they need to not hold me.
“I’m not saying that’s why they didn’t hold me, however it may be a part of it. Even when it’s 10%, it’s a lot.”
After spells at Tottenham, Crystal Palace, Istanbul Basaksehir and Kayserispor, he joined Olimpia in 2020 however parted methods with the membership simply 5 months into his contract.
Purchased by Jose Mourinho after Iker Casillas broke his hand in January 2013, Lopez established himself as Madrid’s first-choice goalkeeper in La Liga.
He made 62 appearances for the membership however fell down the pecking order following Keylor Navas’ arrival in 2014 and joined AC Milan on a everlasting deal.
The 39-year-old returned to Spain with Espanyol in 2016 and stays an ever-present for the second-tier aspect.
Signed as a promising 22-year-old from Cruzeiro in January 2015, Silva was hailed as “the long run” of Madrid by then-coach Carlo Ancelotti.
The midfielder did not stay up these lofting expectations, making 9 first-team appearances and spending time on mortgage at Marseille and Cruzeiro.
He had his contract terminated by mutual consent in September 2019 and returned to his native Brazil with Gremio.
Considered one of many brightest prospects in Europe on the time of his arrival, Madrid spent £15.5million to signal Diaz from Manchester Metropolis in January 2019.
The 20-year-old has struggled for normal alternatives at Los Blancos, making 15 appearances in all competitions, of which solely 5 have been begins.
Having impressed on mortgage at AC Milan this season, the Serie A aspect are reportedly seeking to signal him on a everlasting deal.
After becoming a member of Madrid from Malaga in January 2020, Vallejo was instantly loaned out to Deportivo de La Coruna for the rest of the season.
The winger scored one purpose in 13 appearances in all competitions for Depor and is now again at Madrid with the Castilla.
Madrid continued their hunt for the following Neymar in January 2020 by signing Reinier from Flamengo in a £26million deal.
He is but to make a first-team look for the membership, spending the second half of final season within the reserves earlier than agreeing a two-year mortgage take care of Borussia Dortmund.
The Brazilian hasn’t been capable of set up himself as a starter at Dortmund, with all eight of his aggressive appearances being transient cameos off the bench.
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