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Players who played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid amid Angel di Maria links

Former Real Madrid man Angel di Maria has reportedly agreed to join Barcelona on a free transfer this summer.

The 34-year-old Argentine left Paris Saint Germain at the end of the season following the expiry of his contract.

It marked the end of a seven-year stay in the French capital for the attacking midfielder where he scored 93 goals and provided 119 assists in 295 appearances.

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According to Relevo, Di Maria looks set to to choose Barcelona over Juventus this summer in a move which might not go down too well in the Spanish capital.

The talented left footer spent five years with Los Blancos after making the move to the Santiago Bernabeu from Portuguese giants Benfica.

Di Maria won the La Liga title, two Copa del Reys and the Champions League with Los Blancos before departing in 2015.

Despite being named man of the match in Madrid’s 2014 Champions League triumph, Di Maria was sold to Manchester United just months later, following the arrival of Colombian superstar James Rodriguez, who lit up the 2014 World Cup and was signed by Florentino Perez from Monaco.

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With Di Maria potentially forming part of Xavi’s rebuild at the Nou Camp, TBR takes a look back at the players who played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Players who played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid

Michael Laudrup

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Arguably the greatest player to ever come out of Scandinavia, the great Dane was a vital cog of the Barcelona ‘Dream Team’ which won four consecutive La Liga titles under Johan Cruyff in the early 1990s.

Undoubtedly one of the finest playmakers to ever grace the beautiful game, Laudrup also won the 1992 European Cup with Blaugrana.

But after five trophy-laden years at the Nou Camp, Laudrup had a falling out with Cruyff and decided to join Barca’s fierce rivals.

After scoring 55 goals from 217 games for Barcelona, Laudrup won La Liga in his first season with Real Madrid but after two seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu he made the move to Japanese side Vissel Kobe.

Luis Enrique

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The midfielder played over 200 games for both Barcelona and Real Madrid, but it was at the Nou Camp where Enrique really excelled.

The 62-cap Spaniard won three trophies in five years at Madrid before joining Barca on a free transfer where he elevated his game to a whole new level.

After scoring 18 goals from 213 games for Los Blancos, Enrique finished his Barcelona averaging a goal every three games with 109 goals from 300 matches.

Enrique’s performances won over the Barcelona fans and he eventually became captain of Blaugrana. He won three La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup during his playing days.

He later became manager of Barcelona, winning two further league titles and the 2015 Champions League.

Luis Figo

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Of all the players who played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid – Figo’s move to Los Blancos was the one that was greeted with the most animosity.

The Portuguese legend was the darling of the Nou Camp before he shocked the footballing world with a switch to Madrid in the summer of 2000.

The dazzling winger was the best player in the world at the time of his move. He won the Ballon d’Or not long after joining Madrid, largely for his performances at Barca, and landing Figo resulted in Florentino Perez winning the Madrid presidency.

Figo was often pelted with missiles whenever he returned to the Nou Camp and the hostility often threatened to overboil. In amongst the coins and bottles that were launched at Barca’s former icon – a severed pig’s head was once thrown at Figo.

Figo made more than 200 appearances for each team and won two league titles with both, as well as the 2002 Champions League at Madrid.


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Unlike Figo, the Brazilian phenomenon’s popularity with either Spanish giant didn’t waver despite representing two of Europe’s biggest powerhouses.

It was hard not to love Ronaldo given the scale of talent he had at his disposal. One of the game’s all-time greats only spent one season at Barca but in the 1996-97 campaign he scored 47 goals in 49 games across all competitions.

However, following a contract dispute – Ronaldo joined Inter for a world-record fee -breaking the record he set in joining Barca from PSV. He won the 1997 Ballon d’Or.

Ronaldo returned to Spain in 2002 and became one of the stars in Madrid’s Galactico era, winning a second Ballon d’Or and topping the La Liga goalscoring charts in 2003-04.

However, the two-time World Cup winner never won the Champions League during his fledging career which was heavily impacted by serious injuries and weight issues.

Samuel Eto’o

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The Cameroon legend joined Madrid as a youngster, but after several loan spells away from the club, he was never given the opportunity to break into the star-studded first team. He made just seven appearances for Real Madrid.

Eto’o eventually left Los Blancos to pursue first team football elsewhere and he joined Mallorca where he scored 54 top-flight goals in four-and-a-half seasons before moving to Barca in 2004.

The clinical striker showed Madrid made a big mistake letting him go by shining at the Nou Camp. He smashed in 29 goals in his first season in Catalonia and 34 in his second.

With three La Liga’s, two Champions Leagues and 130 goals scored across all competitions, Eto’o’s time with Barca was a massive success.

He joined Inter Milan in 2009 and won the treble under Jose Mourinho. Eto’o is one of six players Mourinho has re-signed at different clubs.

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