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7 Players Who Left Real Madrid To Enjoy Great Future Success

The history of Real Madrid is full of joy and heartache, like all big clubs. Many have achieved, many have failed, but today we will be looking at those players who triumphed in one way or another after leaving Los Blancos. Men such as Zamorano, Eto'o, Robben, or more recently Xabi Alonso and Morata.

1 Ivan Zamorano

Ivan Zamorano played at Real Madrid between 1992 and 1996, before heading to Milan to wear the shirt of Inter, where he won and came runners-up in the UEFA Cup. 'Bam Bam' also captained his national team and won a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, as well as finishing the tournament as top goalscorer.

2 Santiago Canizares

Canizares signed for Real Madrid when he was only 16-years-old. After playing for Elche, Merida and Celta Vigo, he returned to the club until 1998, which was the year that he signed for Valencia - where he would go on to spend 10 years of his career. In these years, he came runners-up in the Champions League on two occasions, also saving a penalty in normal time against Bayern Munich in 2001, as well as one in the resulting penalty shootout.

The goalkeeper performed at a high level for many years, playing a key role in the Spanish national team and at Valencia, where he won two league titles, two Copa del Reys, a Spanish Super Cup and a European Super Cup.

3 Samuel Eto'o

The case of Eto'o is very strange. Real Madrid brought him to Europe, but didn't have faith in his quality over the following years. After Mallorca bought half of his rights, the striker started to make a name for himself by scoring goals, which made Barcelona come calling. With Mallorca he won the Copa del Rey and also the Africa Cup of Nations in 2000 and 2002, as well as a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

At Barça, Eto'o burst into life. The Cameroon international played in the best Barcelona team in history, winning three league titles, two Spanish Super Cups, a Copa del Rey, two Champions Leagues, with the last of them resulting in Barça's first ever treble win. In 2006, he was selected as the best UEFA striker of the year, man of the match in the Champions League final and La Liga's top goalscorer.

When he left the Blaugrana, the striker went to Inter, who won the treble under Jose Mourinho in his first season at the club. he was accompanied by others in this list: Walter Samuel, Esteban Cambiasso and Wesley Sneijder.

4 Claude Makelele

The departure of Makelele from Real Madrid marked the start of a downward spiral for the club. Chelsea secured his services, along with 10 other players to make an entirely new team. The central midfielder was key in finishing second in the Premier League and reaching the semi finals of the UEFA Champions League.

In his second year at Chelsea, the London-based club lifted the Premier League trophy, which he would do twice. Makelele also won the Community Shield and League Cup, which he would also win again two years later. When he left London in 2008 for PSG, it would take him two years to win his only trophy in France, the French Cup.

5 Esteban Cambiasso

This Argentine player would become vital to Inter, which was his destination after leaving Real Madrid, as a midfield maestro. He would go on to win trophies with the Italian club: four Coppa Italias, four Italian Super Cups, five Scudettos, a Champions League and a Club World Cup.

6 Walter Samuel

'El Muro' was a flop at Real Madrid. The central defender cost 25 million euros from Roma and was sold to Inter the following season for only 16 million euros. He would win the league with Inter, also securing three Italian Super Cups, two Coppa Italias, five Scudettos, a Champions League and a Club World Cup. In 2014 he signed for Basel, with whom he won the Swiss Super League.

7 Arjen Robben

The arrival of Robben to Madrid was a big event, as was his departure. The injuries to the fragile player took away the confident of the Real Madrid directors, leading to his sale to Bayern Munich. The winger promptly had a league title and a cup under his arm, but he couldn't win the treble, losing to Inter in the Champions League final at the Bernabeu in 2010.

On top of that, he has won two German Super Cups, two DFP Pokals, three Bundesliga titles, a Champions League and a European Super Cup, also winning a treble with Bayern in 2013. He also played a key role in Netherlands' 2010 World Cup campaign, creating the best chance in a losing final appearance against Spain.

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