Eden Hazard: How the previous 23 players who went from Premier League to Real Madrid rated in LaLiga

15 Jun

Eden Hazard becomes the 24th player to make the switch from the Premier League to Real Madrid.

His transfer was completed this week in a deal worth up to £150million and he was presented to a 50,000 crowd at the Bernabeu on Thursday.

Eden Hazard was presented to the Real Madrid crowd on Thursday
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He follows in the footsteps of some greats such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric as well as some who would like to forget their time in Madrid.

Here at talkSPORT.com we have ranked the other 23 players who have gone from England’s top flight to the Spanish club.

23. Jonathan Woodgate

The new Middlesbrough head coach was a surprise Real Madrid signing when he joined from Newcastle for £13.4million in 2004.

He had to wait a year to make his debut and what a first game it was. He managed to score an own goal before then being sent off.

Woodgate made just 14 appearances in the two seasons he was at Madrid.

Jonathan Woodgate had a disastrous debut for Real Madrid
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22. Julien Faubert

The West Ham right-back was loan to Madrid in 2009 for the second half of the season but made just two appearances.

21. Thomas Gravesen

Another surprise signing of the Madrid Galactico era was that of Everton midfielder.

During two seasons he was in and out of the side and later sold to Celtic for £2million.

Thomas Gravesen had two seasons at Real Madrid
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20. Nicolas Anelka

Anelka’s time at the LaLiga club was less than successful after a £22.3million transfer from Arsenal in 1999.

Just two goals in 19 league games, and a falling out with Vicente del Bosque, saw him leaving the following summer. He places above Faubert and Graversen because he won the Champions League at the end of that season and scored in both legs of the semi-final.

Nicolas Anelka won the Champions League in his only season at Real Madrid
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19. Jerzy Dudek

The goalkeeper moved to Real Madrid in 2007 at the age of 34 with Pepe Reina the number one at Liverpool.

In four years he managed just 12 appearances due to the legendary Iker Casillas’ performances between the sticks.

Jerzy Dudek played just 12 games in four years at Real Madrid
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18. Emmanuel Adebayor

The striker joined on loan from Manchester City for the second half of the 2010/11 season and scored eight goals in 22 games, including a hat-trick on the final day of the league season.

Emmanuel Adebayor was loaned to Real Madrid from Manchester City
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17. Michael Owen

Owen had a slow start to his career in Madrid following his transfer from Liverpool in 2004.

He struggled to score in the early stages of the season but ended with 13 LaLiga goals in his one and only year there.

Michael Owen scored 13 LaLiga goals in his only season at Real Madrid
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16. Michael Essien

Jose Mourinho signed Essien on a season-long loan from Chelsea in 2012 after he fell out of favour with Andre Villas-Boas.

He made 35 appearances in total before returning to the Blues the following season.

Michael Essien was on a season-long loan at Real Madrid
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15. Javier Hernandez

Another striker loaned from the Premier League, this time Hernandez joined on a year-long loan.

He managed just nine goals in 33 games before returning to Manchester United.

Javier Hernandez scored nine goals during his loan spell in the Spanish captial
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14. Lassana Diarra

An £18.88million signing from Portsmouth was perhaps a little surprise as he had previously been sold by Arsenal and Chelsea.

He ended up spending five relatively successful seasons in the Spanish capital before being edged out by Sami Khedira. Diarra won one LaLiga and one Copa del Rey during his time there.

Lassana Diarra signed from Portsmouth for £18.8million
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13. Gabriel Heinze

The defender was signed by Real Madrid in 2007 from Manchester United for £8million and won the league title in his first season.

He played a key role in the two seasons he was at the club before leaving for Marseille.

Gabriel Heinze joined Real Madrid in 2007
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12. Jose Antonio Reyes

The striker was loaned from Arsenal in 2006 for the season.

His most important moment came in the final game of the season when he came off the bench to score twice to help win the league title.

Jose Antonio Reyes scored crucial goals during his loan spell from Arsenal
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10. Thibaut Courtois

Courtois still has the chance to move up, or down, this list after just one season at Madrid under his belt.

He may have only had eight clean sheets last season but it has been a difficult year for the club and you can expect that to change.

Courtois has struggled in his first season at Real Madrid
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11. Ricardo Carvalho

An ageing Carvalho was a steal at just £6.7million in 2010 from Chelsea.

He ended up spending three seasons with Madrid and won the league title in his second campaign.

Ricardo Carvalho proved to be a good signing from Chelsea
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9. Alvaro Arbeloa

The defender was a stalwart for Madrid over seven seasons from 2009 to 2016.

He cost just £5million from Liverpool and won one LaLiga title, two Champions Leagues and two Copas del Rey.

Alvaro Arbeloa was a steal at just £5million
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8. David Beckham

Beckham may not have enjoyed the success that was billed at the time of his £24.5million transfer in 2003 but was a key part of an exciting Madrid team that contained the likes of Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane.

He lasted just four seasons in the Spanish capital, with one league title, before heading to LA Galaxy in the MLS.

David Beckham spent four seasons at Real Madrid
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7. Arjen Robben

Robben could have been higher on this list had Real not forced him to leave after just two seasons.

He joined from Chelsea in 2007 for £24million and won LaLiga in his first year. He was a crucial member of the team before being sold to Bayern Munich.

Eight league titles, five German cups and one Champions League title later and Bayern have not looked back.

Arjen Robben was sold to Bayern Munich after two seasons in Madrid
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6. Steve McManaman

Just the second English player to play for the club, with the first being Laurie Cunningham.

He was part of a very successful Real side in the early part of the Millennium where he won two league titles and two Champions League titles in four seasons.

After he left the club, former manager Vicente del Bosque said McManaman and Geremi were the two most important players in that squad.

Steve McManaman won the Champions League twice at Real Madrid
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5. Ruud van Nistelrooy

He may have been 30 when he signed for the Spanish club but he proved to be a great signing for just £11million.

Van Nistelrooy scored 64 goals in 96 games over four seasons and he also won two LaLiga titles.

In his first season, he was the top scorer in LaLiga with 25 goals.

Ruud van Nistelrooy was prolific for the Spanish club
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4. Xabi Alonso

Alonso was a £30million signing from Liverpool in 2009 and had five successful seasons with the club.

He was an integral figure and won two Copas del Rey, one league and one Champions League.

Xabi Alonso was signed for £30million from Liverpool
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3. Gareth Bale

A world-record transfer at the time when he was signed from Tottenham for £85million but he has been worth every penny.

Bale has developed a habit of scoring in big finals for Madrid. He scored in the 2014 and two in the 2018 finals as well as a penalty in the 2015 victory.

Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid days appear to be numbered despite his success
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During his time in the Spanish capital he has won four Champions League titles, one league and one cup.

He has now scored 102 goals in 231 games and will always be an important part of their history no matter how much his relationship may have soured in recent months.

2. Luka Modric

The playmaker has been incredible for Real Madrid after signing for £30million from Tottenham in 2012.

He has won 13 trophies in those seven seasons and a key figure in those four Champions League wins.

Modric has elevated his game over the last few seasons and was given the Ballon d’Or in 2018.

Luka Modric has been one of Real Madrid’s best signings
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1. Cristiano Ronaldo

There is no argument about who should top this list.

Cristiano Ronaldo may have been a world record signing in 2009 when he joined from Manchester United for £80million but they certainly got value for money.

Real Madrid have missed Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals this season
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He scored an incredible 450 goals in 438 games for the club before leaving for Juventus last summer.

Ronaldo won an impressive 15 trophies as well as four Ballon d’Ors during his time in the Spanish capital in one of their most successful eras.

Jose Antonio Reyes’ son set to join Real Madrid academy from Leganes

4 Jun

Jose Antonio Reyes’ son is set to join Real Madrid’s academy from the start of next season.

Jose Antonio Reyes Lopez will follow in his fathers footsteps and join the LaLiga club when he moves from Leganes, according to Marca.

Jose Antonio Reyes was killed at the weekend in a car crash
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Reyes had a brief loan spell with Real Madrid from Arsenal in the 2006/07 season where he scored seven goals in 38 games.

The former Arsenal forward died in a traffic accident on Saturday when his Mercedes Brabus A-376 spun off the motorway near the town of Alcala de Guadaira, close to Seville.

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He was driving home from a training session with current club Extremadura.

Reyes’ cousin, Jonathon Reyes, who was sitting on the back seat of the vehicle, also died in the collision.

A third cousin, named as Juan Manuel Calderon, managed to escape the burning vehicle and was rushed to a hospital in Seville.

His 11-year-old son attended his father’s wake in Seville where friends and family paid their respects to the winger.

Reyes Lopez was part of the Leganes side that won a national tournament earlier this season and finished the competition as top scorer.

Jose Antonio Reyes: Arsenal legend Ray Parlour pays tribute to fellow Invincible following death in car accident

3 Jun

Arsenal legend Ray parlour has paid tribute to former team-mate Jose Antonio Reyes after his death, aged 35, last weekend.

The Spanish forward was killed in a car accident close to Seville on Saturday.

Reyes won the Europa League five times. three of those with Sevilla
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LaLiga club Sevilla, where Reyes began his career and enjoyed two spells, tweeted the news on Saturday afternoon.

“We couldn’t be confirming worse news,” they wrote. “Beloved Sevilla star Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision. Rest in peace.”

Tributes were paid to the forward all weekend, including at the Champions League final where they observed a minute’s applause before kick-off, while Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno wore a special T-shirt to honour his former team-mate.

The player’s funeral was held on Monday in his hometown of Utrera, after fans lined the streets as his coffin was driven from Sevilla’s stadium on Sunday.

And Arsenal hero Parlour added his own tribute to his fellow Invincible on talkSPORT on Monday morning.

“It was awful news, I was shocked,” the former Gunners midfielder said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “I played with him for three or four months – he signed in the January window of the unbeaten season, but he was some talent.

“He didn’t really settle in England, I think he played about 70 games for Arsenal, but you could see the talent he had.

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Reyes made 110 appearances for Arsenal, winning the Premier League title and FA Cup
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“What a shame.

“He was a really good lad. Some of the players who played with him for a longer period, Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas, they all said what a great guy he was.

“So it was really sad news over the weekend.”

‘Jose Antonio Reyes does not deserve a tribute like a hero’, says ex-Spain team-mate

2 Jun

The late Jose Antonio Reyes has been slammed by his former Spain team-mate Santiago Canizares, who has claimed he ‘does not deserve a tribute like a hero’.

The former Arsenal forward died in a traffic accident on Saturday when his Mercedes Brabus A-376 spun off the motorway near the town of Alcala de Guadaira, close to Seville.

Canizares has criticised Reyes for his high-speed driving

Sevilla, where Reyes began his career, tweeted the news on Saturday afternoon, saying: “We couldn’t be confirming worse news. Beloved Sevilla star José Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision. Rest in peace.”

A number of tributes then poured out for the forward, with a minutes applause observed for him before the Champions League final.

It is reported Reyes was driving some 50mph over the speed limit, although the exact speed is yet to be determined as part of an official investigation.

Reyes won the Europa League five times. three of those with Sevilla
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His vehicle is thought to have smashed into some concrete blocks by the side of the motorway before flipping over and bursting into flames.

And Canizares, a former Spain team-mate and ex-Valencia goalkeeper, has criticised the 35-year-old for his high-speed driving.

He tweeted: “Reyes does not deserve a tribute like a hero.

“But that does not mean that I don’t regret what happened and that I pray for their souls.”

Reyes’ cousin, Jonathon Reyes, who was sitting on the back seat of the vehicle, also died in the collision.

A third cousin, named as Juan Manuel Calderon, managed to escape the burning vehicle and was rushed to a hospital in Seville.

And since his death his native Utrera, a town near Seville, declared two days of official mourning.

The town hall said in a statement on Saturday: “This morning Utrera-born Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic accident on the A-376.

“Another relative of Jose Antonio’s has also died.

“Jose Antonio has been a much-loved person in our town since the start of his footballing career with Seville Football Club, always carrying the flag for Utrera.”

Tottenham vs Liverpool: Alberto Moreno cries during tribute for Jose Antonio Reyes at Champions League final

1 Jun

Alberto Moreno was in tears at the Champions League final during a tribute for Jose Antonio Reyes, who died in a traffic collision on Saturday, aged 35.

The Reds left-back, a substitute for the showdown between Tottenham and Liverpool, could not contain his emotions during the minute’s applause for the former Arsenal and Sevilla striker.

Moreno could not hold back the tears
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Reyes became a club legend at Sevilla, where he was team-mates with Moreno between 2012 and 2014.

Tottenham substitute Fernando Llorente also appeared teary as the Wanda Metropolitano paid tribute to the former Spain striker.

Llorente also played with his compatriot at Sevilla, between 2015 and 2016.

The La Liga side, where Reyes began his career, tweeted the news on Saturday afternoon, saying: “We couldn’t be confirming worse news. Beloved Sevilla star José Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision. Rest in peace.”

He was a member of the ‘Invincible’ Arsenal side that remained unbeaten for the 2003/04 season and eventually moved back to Spain, initially on loan to Real Madrid in 2006, before joining Atletico Madrid permanently in 2007.

A statement from Arsenal read: “Everyone at Arsenal is devastated by the shocking news that our former player Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision in Spain.

Llorente was also visibly moved
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“Our thoughts are with all his family, friends and team-mates.

“Jose, who was part of the Invincibles team, was a hugely popular figure at our club and will always hold a special place in our hearts.

“He represented the club on 110 occasions, scoring 23 times and made memorable contributions to our 49-game unbeaten run.

“Rest in peace, Jose.”