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Real Madrid's 'Galácticos' and the age they arrived

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Luis Figo / 27 years old

Born in 1972 he turned 28 after joining Real Madrid. A star for bitter rivals Barça, Florentino Pérez kept his promise by bringing him to the capital, much to the disgust of the Catalan fans.

Foto:SERGIO PEREZREUTERS

Luis Figo / 28 years old

Born in 1972 he turned 28 after joining Real Madrid. A star for bitter rivals Barça, Florentino Pérez kept his promise by bringing him to the capital, much to the disgust of the Catalan fans.

Foto:JOSE HUESCAEFE

Luis Figo / 28 years old

Born in 1972 he turned 28 after joining Real Madrid. A star for bitter rivals Barça, Florentino Pérez kept his promise by bringing him to the capital, much to the disgust of the Catalan fans.

Foto:Felipe Sevillano.Diario AS

Zinedine Zidane / 29 years old

From '72 just like Figo, he joined shortly after turning 29. Already a French star his volley against Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow will go down in Los Blancos' history.

Foto:Jesús AguileraDIARIO AS

Zinedine Zidane / 29 years old

From '72 just like Figo, he joined shortly after turning 29. Already a French star his volley against Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow will go down in Los Blancos' history.

Foto:FELIPE SEVILLANODIARIO AS

Zinedine Zidane / 29 years old

From '72 just like Figo, he joined shortly after turning 29. Already a French star his volley against Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow will go down in Los Blancos' history.

Ronaldo / 25 years old

Born in 1976, the Brazilian turned 26 the month that he joined Real Madrid. Known as "O Fenômeno", and despite injuries, he was the star of his nations World Cup victory in Korea and Japan, scoring seven goals, including two in the final. His transfer fro

Foto:SERGIO PEREZREUTERS

Ronaldo / 25 years old

Born in 1976, the Brazilian turned 26 the month that he joined Real Madrid. Known as "O Fenômeno", and despite injuries, he was the star of his nations World Cup victory in Korea and Japan, scoring seven goals, including two in the final. His transfer fro

Foto:MACARIO MUÑOZDIARIO AS

David Beckham / 28 years old

A child of 1975, the Englishman signed for Madrid in the summer of 2003 in a clear 'star' value strategy from the club. His departure from Manchester United was facilitated by a fierce encounter with legendary Scottish manager Alex Ferguson.

Foto:FELIPE SEVILLANODIARIO AS

David Beckham / 28 years old

A child of 1975, the Englishman signed for Madrid in the summer of 2003 in a clear 'star' value strategy from the club. His departure from Manchester United was facilitated by a fierce encounter with legendary Scottish manager Alex Ferguson.

Foto:CHRISTOPHE SIMONAFP

David Beckham / 28 years old

A child of 1975, the Englishman signed for Madrid in the summer of 2003 in a clear 'star' value strategy from the club. His departure from Manchester United was facilitated by a fierce encounter with legendary Scottish manager Alex Ferguson.

Foto:JESUS AGUILERADIARIO AS

Kaká / 27 years old

Born in Brazil in 1982, he had been a player much desired by the club for several years before they finally forced through the move.

Foto:DANIEL RAUNIGREUTERS

Kaká / 27 years old

Born in Brazil in 1982, he had been a player much desired by the club for several years before they finally forced through the move.

Foto:JUAN MEDINAREUTERS

Kaká / 27 years old

Born in Brazil in 1982, he had been a player much desired by the club for several years before they finally forced through the move.

Foto:PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUAFP

Cristiano Ronaldo / 24 years old

This Portuguese lad was born in 1985 and arrived in Madrid after developing into a world beater with Manchester United. His final game for the Red Devils was a Champions League final loss to Guardiola's treble-winning Barça. Los Blancos saw CR7 as the X f

Foto:Nigel RoddisREUTERS

Cristiano Ronaldo / 24 years old

This Portuguese lad was born in 1985 and arrived in Madrid after developing into a world beater with Manchester United. His final game for the Red Devils was a Champions League final loss to Guardiola's treble-winning Barça. Los Blancos saw CR7 as the X f

Foto:Dani PozoAFP

Cristiano Ronaldo / 24 years old

This Portuguese lad was born in 1985 and arrived in Madrid after developing into a world beater with Manchester United. His final game for the Red Devils was a Champions League final loss to Guardiola's treble-winning Barça. Los Blancos saw CR7 as the X f

Foto:PEDRO ARMESTREAFP

Gareth Bale / 24 years old

After Mourinho was run out of the Santiago Bernabéu in 2013, Ancelotti's new project needed a big star to accompany Cristiano Ronaldo. The Premier League's MVP was chosen and the Welshman would begin his as yet unfinished, and much debated, career in the

Foto:IAN KINGTONAFP

Gareth Bale / 24 years old

After Mourinho was run out of the Santiago Bernabéu in 2013, Ancelotti's new project needed a big star to accompany Cristiano Ronaldo. The Premier League's MVP was chosen and the Welshman would begin his as yet unfinished, and much debated, career in the

Foto:PAUL HANNAREUTERS

Gareth Bale / 24 years old

After Mourinho was run out of the Santiago Bernabéu in 2013, Ancelotti's new project needed a big star to accompany Cristiano Ronaldo. The Premier League's MVP was chosen and the Welshman would begin his as yet unfinished, and much debated, career in the

Foto:SUSANA VERAREUTERS

James Rodríguez / 23 years old

One of the outstanding talents of World Cup 2014 in Brazil, the Colombian was seen as an exciting player to get the fans out of their seats at the Bernabéu. He joined from Monaco that summer and then went on to spend two years on loan at Bayern Munich bef

Foto:PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCAAFP

James Rodríguez / 23 years old

One of the outstanding talents of World Cup 2014 in Brazil, the Colombian was seen as an exciting player to get the fans out of their seats at the Bernabéu. He joined from Monaco that summer and then went on to spend two years on loan at Bayern Munich bef

Foto:PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUAFP

James Rodríguez / 23 years old

One of the outstanding talents of World Cup 2014 in Brazil, the Colombian was seen as an exciting player to get the fans out of their seats at the Bernabéu. He joined from Monaco that summer and then went on to spend two years on loan at Bayern Munich bef

Foto:PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUAFP

Eden Hazard / 28 years old

After several transfer windows focusing on signing young players with potential, Real Madrid ended the 2018/19 season on a record low. Chelsea's Eden Hazard became the new galáctico to raise the standards back to their elite best, and he is not the only o

Foto:PHIL NOBLEREUTERS

Eden Hazard / 28 years old

After several transfer windows focusing on signing young players with potential, Real Madrid ended the 2018/19 season on a record low. Chelsea's Eden Hazard became the new galáctico to raise the standards back to their elite best, and he is not the only o

Foto:JAVIER GANDULDIARIO AS

Ronaldo / 25 years old

Born in 1976, the Brazilian turned 26 the month that he joined Real Madrid. Known as "O Fenômeno", and despite injuries, he was the star of his nations World Cup victory in Korea and Japan, scoring seven goals, including two in the final. His transfer fro

Foto:Grazia NeriGetty Images