Part of Juve and Roma’s title winning sides, Emerson was nicknamed the Puma due to high-intensity playing style. After Juve’sCalciopoli scandal meant that the Old lady were relegated to Serie B, Emerson was amongst many players sold by the Italians in order to generate funds. Emerson signed with Real for a reported 16 million Euros. However, he could not display his high octane playing style in Spain, mainly because he clashed with then-manager Fabio Capello, who preferred to play David Beckham in the centre instead of Emerson. Despite 34 appearances that season, Emerson failed to establish himself as a fan favourite and left the club after a solitary season for AC Milan.
4) Julio Baptista
Julio Baptista joined Real in the summer of ’05 alongside Sergio Ramos after impressing at Sevilla. Brought in to turn the tide at Santiago Bernabeau, the Beast, as he was known back then, had a mixed first season, partly due to being played out of position in order to accommodate ZinedineZidane. Baptista ended with the season with just 8 goals to his name, and was sent out to Arsenal on loan. Upon returning, Bernd Schuster played Baptista in his preferred central position; however, Baptista failed to hit the previous heights. Instead, he was sold to Roma the following season.
Brought in from Porto to replace the ageing Alvaro Arbeloa, Danilo was signed for 31 million. Danilo possessed all the ingredients to make him the world’s best right back, and if his form for Porto were anything to go by, he was already one of the best. Ferocious going forward and defensively sound, Danilo was a leader for Porto. However, at Real, he found the environment too hostile right from the off. Shaky and nervy in defence, Danilo looked out of sorts for the Whites and was sold last season to Manchester City.
One of the biggest talents of his time, Robinho’s tenacity and dribbling made him the modern day superstar. Indeed, Real were so keen on him that he was handed the prestigious no 10 jersey, vacated by the legendary Luis Figo. And while he had the best possible start to life in Spain, his attitude soon became an issue. He failed to sustain his position as a regular under Fabio Capello partly due to his lifestyle and indifferent attitude. Under Bernd Schuster though, things changed as Robinho once again became central to Real’s plans. However, his lifestyle once again got in the way, and Robinho was finally sold after Real decided to pursue Ronaldo.
Arguably the finest player of his generation, Kaka set the world alight during his time at AC Milan. Good with both feet and combined with pace, Kaka ran riot and was a player for the big games. After winning the Ballon D’Or in 2007, Manchester City pursued Kaka with enormous wages on offer. However, the Brazilian had his heart set on Real and was signed for a whopping 68 million. Injuries hampered his progress in Spain as Kaka failed to replicate his best form for Real. He returned to Milan in 2012.