Check 5 UK players who played for Real Madrid before. Is Sancho next?

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Check 5 UK players who played for Real Madrid

Check 5 UK players who played for Real Madrid before. Is Sancho next?

As part of their strategy of buying up-and-coming stars of the world game, Real Madrid are thought to be eyeing a potential summer 2021 swoop for Jadon Sancho, who has been in superlative form for Dortmund, scoring 20 goals and supplying 20 assists in all competitions so far this season.

Overall, Sancho has scored 34 goals in 94 appearances for Dortmund, with his performances in Germany leading to international recognition. Handed his England debut in 2018, the 20-year-old has now won 11 caps for the Three Lions.

There are five players who have departed England in order to represent Real Madrid, but have they all enjoyed success after making their career-defining moves? FinalGoal proudly present you…

Steve McManaman

Signed from: Liverpool (1999)

Fee: Free

Real Madrid appearances: 152

Honours won: Champions League x 2, La Liga x 2, UEFA Super Cup

Hit or Miss? Hit

McManaman embarked on a new challenge after spending nine years at Liverpool by joining Real on a free transfer. The shaggy-haired winger was a big hit at the Bernabeu and famously scored a brilliant volley in the Champions League final win over Valencia in 2000.

David Beckham

Signed from: Manchester United (2003)

Fee: £25m

Real Madrid appearances: 155

Honours won: La Liga

Hit or Miss? Hit

After a spectacular falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, Beckham decided to move to Spain and become one of the poster boys for the ‘Galacticos’, joining Real Madrid despite interest from Barcelona. His first three years were ultimately fruitless, but Beckham ended his time at the club by winning La Liga.

Jonathan Woodgate

Signed from: Newcastle United (2004)

Fee: £14.2m

Real Madrid appearances: 14

Honours won: None

Hit or Miss? Miss

Due to chronic injury problems, Woodgate had to wait 13 months to make his Real Madrid debut and when he finally took the field he endured a torrid time, scoring an own goal and getting sent off. After just two years, he left for hometown club Middlesbrough.

Michael Owen

Signed from: Liverpool (2004)

Fee: £8m

Real Madrid appearances: 45

Honours won: None

Hit or Miss? Hit

Signed in a cut-price deal with his contract at Liverpool winding down, Owen impressed despite being unable to dislodge either Ronaldo or Raul from the starting XI. In his season-long spell in Spain, Owen netted 16 goals in 45 appearances.

Gareth Bale

Signed from: Tottenham Hotspur (2013)

Fee: £85m

Real Madrid appearances: 249

Honours won: Champions League x 4, Copa del Rey, Club World Cup x 3, Uefa Super Cup x 2, La Liga

Hit or Miss? Hit

Real broke their own record by making Bale the most expensive footballer of all-time in 2013 and the Welshman set about repaying his fee by scoring pivotal goals in the Champions League and Copa del Rey finals. He was unfairly criticised in his second season but bounced back emphatically.

Two seasons ago, however, he was once again questioned over whether he should be moved on, but his outrageous overhead kick against Liverpool in the Champions League final confirmed his quality.

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