Trading cards: Cristiano, Beckham ...

Varane's transfer from Real Madrid to Manchester United is the last of a list in which very great footballers have been protagonists.


Real Madrid and Manchester United are two of the most successful teams in Europe. The Whites have 34 Leagues and 13 Champions League, while the Red Devils have the Premier League championship record (20), in addition to 3 Champions in their record. But before that of Varane, which became official this Tuesday, they have starred in some of the most famous transfers in the history of football. Likewise, there were also signings that could not be closed, as happened with David De Gea in 2015.

Laurie Cunningham (1983)

Real Madrid: 1979-1983 // Manchester United: 1983

In 1979, Real Madrid signed Cunningham from West Brom. The whites paid 195 million pesetas for the Englishman and he became the most expensive signing in Madrid's history at that time and the first Englishman to wear the Madrid shirt. However, the soccer player nicknamed "La Perla Negra" did not finish adapting and an injury to the big toe forced him to undergo surgery. The surgical intervention was carried out in December 1981 and only two days later he was hunted in a nightclub, for which Madrid sanctioned him. Despite everything, Cunningham was able to play in the European Cup final against Liverpool in Paris. Despite this, Real Madrid failed to lift its long-awaited seventh European Cup. Madrid lost and Cunningham did not surrender on the field.

In 1983 he ended his adventure in Madrid. He left on loan to Manchester United, where he did not have much prominence and only played one game. He completed his career at Sporting de Gijón, Olympique de Marseille and Rayo Vallecano, among others. The Jamaican boy who fulfilled his dream of becoming a footballer died on July 15, 1989 in a traffic accident and left at just 33 years old.David Beckham (2003)

Real Madrid: 2003-2007 // Manchester United: 1992-2003

Beckham began his professional career at Manchester United. On September 23, 1992, he made his first team debut in a cupbearer match against Brighton. However, during the 1994-1995 season he went on loan to Preston, of the Third Division, where he played five games and scored two goals. His loan lasted only a few months, as a plague of injuries depleted United's midfield and Alex Ferguson called for Beckham's return. Upon his return, his performances did not go unnoticed, and he soon became the undisputed leader of United. At the English club he won six league titles, a Champions League, an Intercontinental Cup and two English Cups. In addition, it was twice the Silver Ball (1999, 2001) and once the Bronze Ball (2002) .

In 2003 he signed for Real Madrid and became the fourth galactic. The white club paid 35 million euros for the English interior to United. As soon as he landed in the Spanish capital, he won his first Madrid title. It was the Spanish Super Cup. That course, Madrid had one of the biggest crashes in the history of the white club. In mid-March, the Madrid club dreamed of the triplet, as the team was the leader in the League, qualified for the Cup final and faced an affordable rival in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. However, they finished fourth in the league (after losing their last five league matches), lost the final of the Copa del Rey against Zaragoza and lost in the Champions League against Monaco. The two following seasons he was second in the League and did not go beyond the eighth in the Champions League. The bad relationship with Fabio Capello during the 2006-2007 season, caused Beckham to lose prominence in the team during the first half of the course, but he ended up being fundamental in the conquest of the league title. Despite this, he went free in 2007 to the Los Angeles Galaxy. After his American adventure and his time at Milan, he retired at PSG, where he coincided with the current Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy (2006)

Real Madrid: 2006-2010 // Manchester United: 2001-2006

Manchester United signed the Dutch forward in the summer of 2001. The English team paid 16 million euros to PSV Eindhoven. In his first season in Manchester he scored 36 goals in 49 games. However, they failed to beat Arsenal in the Premier League and in the Champions League they were eliminated by Bayer Leverkusen in the semi-finals. During the 2002-2003 season, United won the league title, but in the Champions League they were eliminated by Real Madrid in the quarterfinals. In the 2003-2004 campaign Van Nistelrooy broke the record for consecutive games scoring 10. He won the FA Cup and the Community Shield against Arsenal. In the Champions League they were eliminated in the round of 16 by Porto. During the following course he only played 27 games, due to an injury. In his last year in England he scored 21 goals in 35 league games and was runner-up. The attacker played 219 matches as Red Devil and scored 150 goals.

On July 27, 2006, the signing of Van Nistelrooy by Real Madrid was made official, in exchange for 15 million euros. Since he landed in the Spanish capital, he has won over Madrid fans. In his first season he won La Liga and was the team's top scorer, scoring 25 goals in the Spanish league. In the 2007-2008 season he won the league again, but suffered a serious injury that kept him away from the pitch during the final stretch of the season. Almost a year after his injury he returned to play for Madrid, but a new injury kept him out for five months. In the 2009-2010 season, he only played four games and decided to leave the club. In total he played 96 games, scored 64 goals and distributed 13 assists. After leaving the white discipline, he completed his career at Hamburg and Malaga.

Gabriel Heinze (2007)

Real Madrid: 2007-2009 // Manchester United: 2004-2007

Heinze's performances at PSG captivated Alex Ferguson, and his move to the English club came in the summer of 2004, signing a three-year contract. In England, the Argentine defender had an exciting start, but suffered an injury at the end of 2005 that kept him away from the pitch until mid-2006. That same season he won the League Cup and was runner-up in the Premier League. . In 2007 he again showed an excellent footballing level and conquered the Premier League. Along with historical players such as Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo or Rio Ferdinand, he was part of one of the best squads in the history of Manchester United.

In the summer of 2007 he signed for Real Madrid in exchange for 12 million euros, to play only two seasons at the Santiago Bernabéu. In the white team he stood out for his intensity and his strong character. His performance was from more to less. The Argentine lost a good part of his great defensive qualities in the last year, but during his first season he was key in the League won by the team led by Bernd Schuster. In total, he played 60 games as a white player and won a League and a Spanish Super Cup. "El Gringo" played in Argentina, Portugal, Spain, France, England and Italy. He has currently been coaching MLS Atlanta United - but was recently fired.

Cristiano Ronaldo (2009)

Real Madrid: 2009-2018 // Manchester United: 2003-2009

Cristiano began to stand out at Sporting de Portugal from a very young age and in the summer of 2003 his transfer to Manchester United was closed in exchange for 18 million euros. At Old Trafford he established himself as a footballer and, during the six seasons that he wore the Red Devils jersey, he left a legacy difficult to overcome. He scored 118 goals in 292 games and won three Premier Leagues, one Champions League, one FA Cup, two League Cups, two Community Shields and one Club World Cup. In addition, Ronaldo won the 2008 Ballon d'Or, the Golden Boot and the FIFA World Player.

On July 10, 2009 Cristiano Ronaldo signed for Real Madrid. The white club paid 94 million euros to United for the Portuguese attacker. In its day it was the most expensive signing in history. From the beginning he adapted to the team and it only took him nine seasons to become the top scorer in Madrid's history, scoring 450 goals in 438 games. It was the cornerstone of the second golden era of the merengue club. During his first three seasons he coincided with Guardiola's Barça, and only achieved one League (2011-12) and one King's Cup (2010-11), in which precisely a goal from the Portuguese gave him the cup title by defeating by 1 -0 to the cule team. He had to wait until the 2013-2014 campaign to reach glory by beating Atlético de Madrid in the Champions League final and winning the long-awaited Decima. However, it was not until Zidane's arrival in January 2016 that his golden age began. With the French coach he won three Champions in a row and became the top scorer in the history of the competition. At the end of the 2017-2018 season, he decided to leave the white entity and head to Juventus in exchange for 100 million euros. In his nine seasons at Madrid he achieved two Leagues, two Copa del Rey, two Spanish Super Cups, four Champions Cups, three European Super Cups, three Club World Cups and four Ballons d'Or (2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017).Ángel Di María (2014)

Real Madrid: 2010-2014 // Manchester United: 2014-2015

The Argentine footballer signed for Real Madrid in the summer of 2010 at the express request of Mourinho to reinforce the attack. The whites paid 25 million euros to Benfica. In his first campaign, Madrid was runner-up in the League and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, where he was eliminated by Barcelona. However, he managed to win the Copa del Rey, after beating Barça 1-0 in the final played at the Mestalla. In the 2011/12 season he was an important piece to achieve the League of Records. Real Madrid got 100 points and scored 121 goals. However, he was eliminated again in the semifinals of the Champions League. This time his executioner was Bayern Munich, who defeated the Whites on penalties. That year he scored seven goals and gave 17 assists in all competitions.

During the last season under the Portuguese coach, Madrid failed to win any title and Florentino Pérez made the decision to dispense with the Portuguese coach. The coach chosen for the 2013-2014 season was Carlo Ancelotti, with whom he showed his best version. For the memory of the Madrid fans, he left his exhibition in the 2014 Champions League final. It was key to winning the Copa del Rey and La Décima in Lisbon. That same summer he reached the World Cup final with Argentina and was transferred to Manchester United for 80 million euros. In Manchester he had a discreet season, in which he did not have a good relationship with Louis Van Gaal and ended up leaving Old Trafford a summer later to sign for PSG, where he forms a dream attack alongside Mbappe and Neymar.

Chicharito Hernández (2014)

Real Madrid: 2014-2015 // Manchester United: 2010-201

The Mexican forward joined United in 2010 from Chivas de Guadalajara. During the 2010-2011 campaign he scored quite a few goals and promised to be a guaranteed striker. On January 4, 2011, he became the top Mexican scorer in the history of the English league. In addition, that same season he won his first trophy, winning the Premier League. However, during the next three seasons he did not perform at the level expected by the English entity and ended up being a regular substitute for Manchester United. In total he played 157 games for United, scored 59 goals and won 2 Leagues and 3 English Super Cups.

In the 2014-2015 season he was loaned to Real Madrid. His arrival in the Spanish capital was seen as a strategy by the white team to attract the Mexican market. His debut as a Real Madrid scorer in his team's 8-2 victory over Deportivo. His coach, Ancelotti, did not give him many opportunities, and his most outstanding contribution was in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals. His 89th minute goal against Atlético de Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu qualified Madrid for the next round, where they would be eliminated by Juventus. The Mexican striker was only on loan for one season and was a substitute for Benzema. Beyond his goal in the Champions League, his contribution to the team was almost nil. He won the Club World Cup by beating San Lorenzo de Almagro in Morocco in the final. He finished the course with nine goals in 31 games. He is currently a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy of the United States.

The frustrated signing

A spectacular performance by David De Gea at Manchester United caused Real Madrid to want to sign him in the summer of 2015. Both clubs starred in one of the most famous soap operas of the last decade. The almost transfer of the goalkeeper for Real Madrid has ended up being decisive in the career of the Madrid goalkeeper. During the start of the 2015-2016 season, De Gea considered that his time in Manchester was over and he wanted to head to Madrid. Everything indicated that the United player was going to be the replacement for Iker Casillas, who had said goodbye to Madrid that same summer. But until the last market day the English team did not agree to negotiate with Real Madrid. And when the two clubs reached an agreement, United sent the transfer fax at 0:32, 32 minutes out of date. This caused De Gea to stay in Manchester and Keylor Navas, who had reluctantly agreed to be the bargaining chip in the negotiations, to remain as Real Madrid's starting goalkeeper for the next three seasons.

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