10 Big Real Madrid Signings Who Failed To Live Up To The Hype

They love wasting tens of millions in the Spanish capital.

Real Madrid's Michael Owen reacts after scoring a goal during the first half against the Los Angeles Galaxy at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Monday, July 18, 2005. Real Madrid won, 2-0. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Real Madrid continue to be one of the most dominant names in world football despite their failure to capture the La Liga title in recent years.

Champions League success in three of the last four years has ensured 'Los Blancos' remain firmly at the top of the game, and the current squad once again boasts a wealth of talent.

Real have always seemingly set the bar in terms of big spending power and made a name for themselves in the early 2000s as the one team who would splash out every summer.

The likes of Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane became the first 'Galacticos' at the Bernabeu, while big names like David Beckham and Ronaldo followed suit throughout the 2000s.

In recent times the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have taken that mantle, and despite some criticism at times aimed at Bale in particular, it's hard to deny that he's had a huge impact in Madrid.

Unfortunately for some big money signings in the Spanish capital, this is not always the case.

Real have splashed the cash over the last two decades, but for every success there's another player who's completely failed to live up to the hype.


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