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The 50 Greatest Real Madrid Players Of All Time Ranked After Karim Benzema's Outrageous Season

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The 50 Greatest Real Madrid Players Of All Time Ranked After Karim Benzema's Outrageous Season

The 50 greatest Real Madrid players of all time have been named and Karim Benzema is in 13th place after a truly sensational season.

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Benzema scored twice in Tuesday's 4-3 Champions League semi-final first leg defeat to Manchester City to take his tally to 44 goals in all competitions this campaign.

His second deserves special mention, a lovely panenka penalty that most of us could only dream of pulling off.

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FourFourTwo decided to rank the best players in Los Blancos history last month and the 34-year-old finds himself in the upper echelons.

The France international arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu from Lyon in 2009 and was an unsung hero for years.

Benzema was a threat all night against City. (Image Credit: Alamy)
Benzema was a threat all night against City. (Image Credit: Alamy)

Benzema joined at the same time as Cristiano Ronaldo and played a supporting role to the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

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When he left for Juventus in 2018, many wondered who would step up and take his spot. Nobody expected it to be Benzema.

He's now vice-captain and regularly wears the armband, with skipper Marcelo regularly on the bench.

Check out the entire top 50 below.

50. Mesut Ozil

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49. Raphael Varane

48. Guti

47. Juanito

46. Steve McManaman

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45. Fernando Morientes

44. Jose Maria Zarraga

43. David Beckham

42. Predrag Mijatovic

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41. Pepe

40. Rafael Gordillo

Pepe spent 10 years at the heart of Real Madrid's defence. (Image Credit: Alamy)
Pepe spent 10 years at the heart of Real Madrid's defence. (Image Credit: Alamy)

39. Jacinto Quincoces

38. Angel Di Maria

37. Chengo

36. Ignacio Zoco

35. Hector Rial

34. Amancio Amaro

33. Fernando Redondo

32. Marcelo

31. Jose Antonio Camacho

30. Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale doesn't get on with Real Madrid fans, but you can't argue with his trophy haul. (Image Credit: Alamy)
Gareth Bale doesn't get on with Real Madrid fans, but you can't argue with his trophy haul. (Image Credit: Alamy)

29. Manolo

28. Miguel Munoz

27. Toni Kroos

26. Marquitos

25. Jose Santamaria

24. Claude Makelele

23. Santillana

22. Ronaldo

21. Martin Vazquez

20. Vicente Del Bosque

The 'original Ronaldo' was a key member of the Galacticos. (Image Credit: Alamy)
The 'original Ronaldo' was a key member of the Galacticos. (Image Credit: Alamy)

19. Ivan Zamorano

18. Emilio Butragueno

17. Roberto Carlos

16. Ricardo Zamora

15. Pirri

14. Hugo Sanchez

13. Karim Benzema

12. Raymond Kopa

11. Luka Modric

10. Luis Figo

Luis Figo joined Real Madrid from Barcelona, but won everyone over. (Image Credit: Alamy)
Luis Figo joined Real Madrid from Barcelona, but won everyone over. (Image Credit: Alamy)

9. Ferenc Puskas

8. Santiago Bernabeu

7. Raul

6. Paco Gento

5. Iker Casillas

4. Sergio Ramos

3. Zinedine Zidane

2. Alfredo Di Stefano

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

It just had to be him, didn't it? (Image Credit: Alamy)
It just had to be him, didn't it? (Image Credit: Alamy)

It'll come as no surprise that Ronaldo is the man who takes top spot as the greatest player in Real Madrid's illustrious history.

He was the world's most expensive player when Madrid forked out £80 million for his services and looking back, it could be seen as a bit of a bargain.

Ronaldo won two La Liga titles and a whopping four Champions Leagues in nine years in addition to the Ballon d'Or four times.

A record that'll likely never be matched again.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Real Madrid, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Raphael Varane, Cristiano Ronaldo, La Liga

Daniel Marland
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