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Signings That Define Real Madrid’s History

Signings That Define Real Madrid’s History

4. Claude Makelele

Why put another layer of gold paint on the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine’-this is what Zidane has to say when Madrid sold Makelele to buy Beckham. ‘An engine’ is the perfect description of the little man from Congo. Madrid needed a defensive midfielder in 2000 as Raul and Figo never tracked back and in came Makelele from Celta De Vigo. He had an instant impact as Madrid won 2 domestic titles and the UCL during his 3 seasons at the club. Makelele was a workhorse with superb balance, positioning and tackling ability. His stunning game-reading and dribbling skills meant that Madrid’s forward line could play more freely. Unfortunately, he left the club in 2003 due to a contract dispute. But during his time at Spain, Makelele truly revolutionized the holding midfield role.

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