7 players you completely forgot played for Real Madrid from Eto’o to Cambiasso

Hatim Alintop’s birthday on Wednesday has brought back memories of his short stay at Real Madrid, who he helped to win the La Liga title before moving to Galatasaray.

The former Turkey international made just 12 appearances for Los Blancos after arriving from Bayern Munich on a free transfer.

He lasted just one season at the Santiago Bernabeu as he struggled to convince under Jose Mourinho, before being handed an exit route by the Turkish Super Lig giants.

Though Alintop had been one of the stars of Euro 2008, being named in the team of the tournament, his stay at Madrid has largely been forgotten.

Here, Daily Star Sport looks at seven other players whose Madrid career has been lost to history as Alintop celebrates his 39th birthday…

Samuel Eto'o

Known for his five-year spell at Barcelona, Samuel Eto’o actually started his career at their El Clasico rivals Madrid.

The Cameroon striker joined the Los Blancos academy set-up in 1996, but made just seven appearances in all competitions, without scoring a goal.

He was sold to Mallorca in 2000 for what now seems like a total steal for £4.4million, but his greatest success was to come at Barca.

Eto’o won three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues at the Nou Camp, before firing Inter Milan to their famous treble in 2009/2010.

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Marcos Alonso

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A regular for Chelsea as they won the Champions League last season, Marcos Alonso spent the beginning of his career in the Spanish capital.

After graduating into the club’s Castilla reserve team, Alonso featured heavily in Segunda B, before being called into the senior squad by Manuel Pellegrini.

He only made one appearance for Los Blancos, in an away win at Mallorca, before joining Bolton in 2010.

Nuri Sahin

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Nuri Sahin endured a disastrous three-year spell at the Bernabeu after being bought by Jose Mourinho for £8.5m.

The midfielder had highlighted the chance to play under Mourinho as his main motivation for joining Los Blancos, but would feature just 10 times under the Portuguese.

He then had a forgettable loan spell at Liverpool, before returning to Borussia Dortmund for £7m after scoring just one goal for Madrid.


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Surprisingly, Fabinho’s time at Real Madrid was as a loan spell with the Castilla team, arriving from Rio Ave.

The Brazilian impressed enough in the Segunda Division to earn a promotion to the senior side, though he made only one appearance, as a sub in a 6-2 La Liga win over Malaga.

He returned to Rio Ave after that single season in Spain, before winning Ligue 1 with Monaco to earn a £44m move to Liverpool.

Juan Mata

Valencia and Chelsea were where Juan Mata came to prominence, but he also enjoyed a successful youth career at Madrid.

Mata joined the Los Blancos academy as a 15-year-old from Real Oviedo before graduating to the Castilla team in 2006.

Despite their relegation from the Segunda Division, Mata finished as their second-highest goalscorer, earning a move to Valencia.

Alvaro Negredo

Alvaro Negredo had not one, but two separate spells at Real Madrid, with the first coming between 2005 and 2007.

He scored 22 goals over those two seasons and earned several appearances in the matchday squad for the senior side, though never made it onto the pitch.

The striker was sold to Almeria in 2007, before Madrid exercised a buy-back option to bring him back to the Bernabeu in 2009.

Los Blancos boss Pellergrini could not guarantee him first-team minutes though and he was sold just a few weeks later to Sevilla.

Esteban Cambiasso

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Arguably the man who had the most successful Madrid career of the players on this list is Esteban Cambiasso, who had two spells with Real.

His first spell came as a member of their academy when he featured for the Castilla team, before moving to Independiente and River Plate.

He returned to the Bernabeu in 2002, featuring 65 times in his final two seasons in the Spanish capital.

The Argentine won La Liga, the Supercopa de Espana, UEFA Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup in those two years before heading to Inter Milan.

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