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4 Most Underrated Players In The History of Real Madrid

Karim Benzema

He was signed by Real Madrid from Lyon in July 2009. During that summer, Real Madrid also signed Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka. With both Ronaldo and Kaka having won Balon d'Ors before, Benzema's transfer was heavily overshadowed by the two high-profile signings.

Ronaldo quickly established himself as Real Madrid's primary goal scorer and Benzema was keen to pass the ball to Ronaldo unless he had a clear-cut chance at goal. For the main part of his career, Benzema has been in Ronaldo's shadow. Under-appreciated. Many clubs have tried to sign him but he has stayed loyal to Los Blancos.


Despite all the odds being against him, the striker, who was born in Lyon on the 19th of December, 1987, has managed to leapfrog his way into the sacred book of Real Madrid legends.

He's the fifth top scorer in the history of the club. He is also the foreign player with the most matches at Real Madrid. He tops the assists chart for Real Madrid. Immersed in his twelfth season as a Madrid player, the Frenchman is the club's second top scorer in the European Cup and fifth in the League. As a Real Madrid player he has accumulated 19 titles in his list of honors: 4 UEFA Champions League, 4 Club World Cups, 3 European Super Cups, 3 La Liga, 2 King's Cups, and 3 Spanish Super Cups.

He goes about his business quietly and no one celebrates his success. Except for a few people.


Casemiro

He does the most important thing for Madrid and that's to stop counters from the opposition and create space for Modric or Kroos to push the ball forwards.

He saves his defense when they mess up.

He’s not a good ball carrier, nor is he particularly a superb passer, but he does the defensive work and to me, if Madrid loses/sells him it would be equivalent to how Leicester lost Kanté.

Claude Makelele 

I think he is the most underrated player in the history of Real Madrid, but this player is arguably one of the most important players ever in the history of Real Madrid. He is not well respected and few people speak about him and some don't even know he played for Real Madrid, only great, staunch fans know how great he was.

Claude was great; he established himself as one of the greatest defensive midfielders ever at Real Madrid, but with all this Makelele was the least paid player at Real. When he approached the board for an improvement of his contract, the board the President completely said Makelele was useless, something that was opposed by a majority of players such as Zidane, Luis Figo, Macnanam.

In his autobiography, Mcnamanan strongly said that Makelele was one of the greatest players though the least appreciated, Fernando Hierro went on to disagree with Perez’s words that Makelele was useless.

Makelele defined defensive midfield, he is one of the few players in football to have a position named after him. Makelele was standard, Makelele was just classy.


Angel Di Maria

In 2014, Madrid won “la Decima”, their 10th UEFA Champions League, against their city rivals Atletico Madrid, in their hardest-nosed incarnation.

Indeed Aletico took an early lead and defended it, like coach Simeone loves to say, “with a knife in clenched teeth”. Only in the very last minute of regulation time did Sergio Ramos manage to equalize, sending the game to extra time. Madrid’s scoring stars (CR7, Bale, and yes, Benzema) were pretty ineffective: Di Maria handled the team play, but Ancelotti wanted him to play in midfield, so he kept assisting his star teammates -for nothing.

In extra time, he got tired of missed chances and took it upon himself: he dribbled through the entire Atletico defense and took a shot on goal. Courtois barely managed to deflect it, the ball hung near the line where Bale pushed it in. Advantage Real.

For once, UEFA officials were watching, for they gave the Man of the Match to Di Maria. Madrid fans chose Sergio Ramos.

After the match, Angel met with Madrid officials to ask for a better contract, and he was snubbed. Of course, he did not have the star power of Cristiano, Bale, Ramos, or even Benzema: but he had shown he could take over on the biggest match when the stars were off.

Ignored by his team, he took a good money offer from Man U. Unfortunately, he never liked living in England, and after his house was robbed, he asked for a transfer again, this time to PSG.

Where he still does what he has always done -pick up the team when their stars are down.

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