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REAL MADRID

Six spectacular Florentino flops

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Jonathan Woodgate

Jonathan Woodgate secured a dream deal to the royal city for a fee of £13.4 million, he must be considered as one of the worst signings in the club's history. Woodgate made his blanco bow against Athletic Club in September 2005, and it was a night to forg

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Kaka

Florentino's first signing of his second spell as president of Real Madrid was a big disappointment. The Brazilian had sparkled at AC Milan and Florentino brought out the chequebook to bring him to Madrid. He paid €67 million for his autograph but he was a shadow of the player who won the Ballon d'Or in 2007. His numbers are astonishingly disappointing; he played 33% of possible minutes, was plagued by injuries, particularly to his knee after an operation after the 2010 World Cup. He scored 31 goals in 6,863 minutes. On Sptember 2 2013 he returned to Milan on a free transfer.

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Askier Illarramendi

In summer 2013 Florentino paid Real Sociedad €38.9 million for holding-midfielder Illarramendi, who in the Spain squad that won the Under-21 European Championship in 2013. However, Ancelotti never trusted him after his performance against Borussia Dortmun

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Lucas Silva

Signed in January 2015 for €14M from Cruzeiro, he was loaned to Olympique Marseille, who in turn wanted to loan him out in the January transfer window. The return on the investment was almost null, as he played just 428 minutes, starting against Schalke,

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Walter Samuel

Walter Samuel was signed by Real Madrid in 2004 for around €25 million from Italian club AS Roma, with a reputation as one of the best defenders in Europe. A big imposing Argentinian centre-back, big things were expected of him. He failed to live up to e

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Danilo

Florentino shelled out €31.5 million on Danilo from Porto in a season when his contract was coming to an end. The price outshone the value as his performances haven't convinced, and he has failed to displace Carvajal at wing-back. Benítez almost always pl

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