Real Madrid is one of the best clubs in the world, which features numerous stars and legends. They have a glorious traditional history and become an icon in Spain. Whether you are a Madridista (this is what Real Madrid fans call for themselves) or not, you cannot disrespect this Spanish Royal football club.
As Real Madrid is like a galaxy, or they often call it “the Galacticos”, they combine stars from all over the world into one team. In this article, we will be sharing Real Madrid’s 5 greatest strikers of all time that you may never forget.
#5. Ronaldo Luís Nazário
The most interesting thing was that Ronaldo moved to the biggest rival of his former club – Barcelona, in which he played season 1996-1997. There came conflicts and criticism from football fans in Barca and the world. They said the whole league would be boring if one team had too many superstars.
In those seasons, Real Madrid was served by Zinédine Zidane, Ronaldo, Luís Figo, Roberto Carlos, Raúl and David Beckham. But Ronaldo had his own way to impress the football world. He kept the remarkable scoring ability with 30 goals in the first season. He also won the Baloon d’Or trophy and FIFA World Player Of The Year in 2002 at the age of 26.
Ronaldo became more famous after his outstanding performance in World Cup 2002 finals. He was excellent and talented at dribbling and scoring. He was fast, strong, and became the nightmare of every defender. Ronaldo eventually got the most precious trophy of World Cup 2002 in Korea, and this was also the most beautiful memory of the Brazilian striker.
After just four seasons with Real Madrid, Ronaldo had himself totally 104 goals in 174 games. However, he had a severe problem with his weight, which forced him to move to another team after playing unwell in the early season 2006-2007.
#4. Zinedine Zidane
The French striker is considered the most successful man in Real Madrid as both a football player and a manager. Zidane joined the “Galacticos” in 2001 with the most expensive transfer fee – 76 million euros for a four-year contract.
He was the one to score a decisive goal against Bayer Leverkusen in Champions League 2002 final and brought home the 9th UEFA Champions League Cup. Zidane continued to shine the next seasons with the La Liga titles and award by FIFA: Player of the Year. Though the “Galacticos” consisted of Luís Figo, Ronaldo, Raúl Gonzále, etc., but Zidane was the 50% power of Real Madrid.
He played for Real Madrid in 225 matches totally and scored 49 goals. He contributed to the success of the Royal Football club with a La Liga title, two Domestic Cups, and a Champions League trophy. The most significant goal of him was the beautiful one-touch volley, giving no chance to Bayern Leverkusen’s goalkeeper.
#3. Raul Gonzalez
Undoubtedly, Raul was the second top-scoring striker for Real Madrid of all time, just after Cristiano Ronaldo (CR7). He also played the most matches for Real Madrid with a total of 741 games. Meanwhile, his scoring stat was stunning with 323 goals, which was just after the number of “CR7”.
An interesting fact was that Raul moved to Real Madrid from their rival in the same city – Atletico Madrid. However, it was not until in Bernabeu stadium that he started to flourish and shine brightly.
Throughout the beautiful time in Real Madrid, Raul broke many records in the club’s history. He had a scoring instinct. He was fast, aggressive, and durable. He dribbled very well, and his scoring ability was outstanding.
After sixteen years serving the Royal football club, Raul won six La Liga titles, three Champions League trophies, and other big, small titles. He was an iconic and a legend in the heart of every Madridista.
#2. Alfredo Di Stéfano
Before the era of “Galacticos”, this Argentines was the one to lead Real Madrid to the top of European football. He was with his teammates Puskas and Gento to make the deadliest attack line for Real Madrid and challenged all the clubs at that time.
Stefano was a phenomenon when he was first brought by the club’s president Santiago Bernabéu Yeste. The rest was history. He delivered the highest class of football with exceptional skills and abilities. He also owned excellent techniques to perform dribbles, touches, and shots.
Alfredo Di Stéfano had achieved five consecutive UEFA Champions League trophies since 1956. He was the third top scorer in La Liga of all time, with 228 goals in just 329 matches. He also scored the most goals for Real Madrid in the domestic league with 216 goals after 285 games from 1953 to 1964.
The 2nd greatest striker of Real Madrid played for the Royal Football club in eleven years, scored 308 goals, and appeared in 396 games. He won 8 La Liga titles and 5 Champions League trophies.
#1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Undoubtedly, Cristiano Ronaldo is the best football player in Real Madrid and the planet as a whole. He came from nothing and now becomes an iconic striker of both Manchester United and Real Madrid. What he has now is the deserving result of absolute hard-working and crazy practice.
Becoming the world’s most expensive player to join Real Madrid, he simply showed his best. He got four Champions League trophies, two La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey Trophies, and many other big, small titles.
The Portuguese superstar became a legend and went to the hall of fame in Real Madrid after things he had done for the club. 450 goals in 438 matches after nine years in Real Madrid is simply unbeatable.
Above are the top greatest strikers of all time in Real Madrid that football fans can never forget. As you can see, they are also legends and contributed to the development of the football world.