The rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid is one of the biggest football rivalries in the world.These teams are two of the biggest clubs in the world and have had some legendary names in the team over the years. Let’s have a look at top 5 players, who represented both clubs.
5. Luis Enrique
One player who made the opposite journey, from Real Madrid to Barcelona, was Luis Enrique, who served both the clubs with distinction. Barcelona’s ex-coach played five years for Real Madrid with up and coming performances. He saw out his contract before shocking the Spanish football world by moving on a free transfer to the Camp Nou.
Barca fans were initially hesitant to welcome the attacker as one of their own, but he became a legend at the club, helping them to win two La Liga titles and two Copa del Rey crowns.
4. Michael Laundrup
Denmark’s greatest footballer of all time played for Barcelona from 1989 to 1994, being one of the stars of Johan Cruyff’s “Dream Team”. During the 1993-94 season, Cruyff decided to bench Laudrup for almost a year, after a dispute with the manager, he completed a move to Real Madrid. Although he only stayed at the club for two seasons, he played a pivotal role in a side which broke the Barca league stranglehold and Laudrup is still highly thought of at both clubs.
3. Luis Figo
The Portuguese superstar became one of Barcelona’s favorite sons since his arrival in 1995, even wearing the captain’s armband on occasion.Figo who spent five years with each club. The former Portuguese national team player was a fantastic talent who was loved by the Camp Nou crowd, playing 172 games and scoring 30 goals for Barcelona.
But since they did not offer a contract extension with enough money to support it, choosing to leave the Catalunyans and sign for Los Blancos.The wingman won one UEFA Champions League with Los Blancos, something he could never accomplish with the Catalunyans.
2. Samuel Eto’o
Cameroonian striker arrived in Real Madrid’s youth team at the age of 15, Eto’o played one game for Real Madrid before being loaned to Real Mallorca.From There, Eto’o made a remarkable playing game in Real Madrid every time he would have the opportunity to play, forcing fans and media to request his return. But Eto’o chose not to play for Los Blancos after being snubbed for years, and signed with Barcelona in 2004.
The 35-years-old became one of the most beloved players of the Catalans, who knew where he came from but took him in as one of their own.
1. Ronaldo Luiz Nazario De Lima.
The Brazilian striker joined Barcelona in 1996, and dazzled defenders and fans with his quickness and goalscoring ability.
Ronaldo played only one year with Los Blaugranas after a dispute over his contract with Josep Lluis Nuñez, the team’s president back then.After coming down with serious injuries that put his playing days in jeopardy, El Fenomeno signed with Real Madrid following the 2002 World Cup, and managed to wind up 104 goals in 177 appearances.
He left the club during his fifth year, due to continuous arguments with coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo, and also battling with a glandular disease which caused him to gain a lot of weight