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

10. Nicolas Anelka

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French striker Anelka burst onto the scene as a teenager with Arsenal, impressing over the course of two goal laden seasons at Highbury.

That form saw him earn a move to Madrid in the summer of 1999 and he was expected to be the man to fire Real to both Champions League and La Liga success.

However, after failing to get on the scoresheet in nearly six months of playing time at the Bernabeu, Anelka soon found himself the subject of the dreaded jeers and boos of the Madrid crowd.

He did eventually hit the back of the net and even scored against Barcelona, but only added one more La Liga goal before falling out of favour with the club.

Anelka refused to train and fell out with manager Vincente del Bosque, but did go on to play an important role as the club did indeed secure the Champions League with a 3-0 win over Valencia.

Despite not living up to expectation in Madrid, Anelka still had a European Cup winners medal to show for his time in Spain and went on to have a superb career with the likes of Bolton, Chelsea and Man City.


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