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Ronaldo, Di Stéfano... Real Madrid's best ever players by shirt number

AS journalist and number-one Real Madrid fan Tomás Roncero picks the greatest ever players to wear the numbers 1 through to 11 for Los Blancos.

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Real Madrid’s goalkeeper from 1999 to 2015, Casillas made 725 appearances for Los Blancos, winning as many as 19 trophies. His reflexes, agility and ability in one-on-one situations made him an icon of the global game and one of the greatest players in th
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1. Iker Casillas

Real Madrid’s goalkeeper from 1999 to 2015, Casillas made 725 appearances for Los Blancos, winning as many as 19 trophies. His reflexes, agility and ability in one-on-one situations made him an icon of the global game and one of the greatest players in th

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A product of Real Madrid’s youth set-up and an indefatigable right-back, Carvajal returned to the Bernabéu in 2013 after a year at Bayer Leverkusen, where he was named in that season’s Bundesliga ideal XI. The grit and determination he shows in every game
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2. Dani Carvajal

A product of Real Madrid’s youth set-up and an indefatigable right-back, Carvajal returned to the Bernabéu in 2013 after a year at Bayer Leverkusen, where he was named in that season’s Bundesliga ideal XI. The grit and determination he shows in every game

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A force of nature on the left flank. The best number 3 in the club’s history. In the top three foreign players with the most Real Madrid appearances. What more can you say? His powerful shot, whether unleashed for free-kicks or open-play efforts from rang
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3. Roberto Carlos

A force of nature on the left flank. The best number 3 in the club’s history. In the top three foreign players with the most Real Madrid appearances. What more can you say? His powerful shot, whether unleashed for free-kicks or open-play efforts from rang

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The captain of Real Madrid’s second golden age, Ramos scored goals that helped Los Merengues secure victory in both the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals. A commanding centre-back, Ramos was the first Spanish signing made by club president Florentino
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4. Sergio Ramos

The captain of Real Madrid’s second golden age, Ramos scored goals that helped Los Merengues secure victory in both the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals. A commanding centre-back, Ramos was the first Spanish signing made by club president Florentino

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As elegant a player as there has ever been. Zidane was the most expensive footballer in history when he joined Real Madrid for 72 million euros, but his class, presence and understated leadership ensured that investment was always going to pay off. Appoin
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5. Zinedine Zidane

As elegant a player as there has ever been. Zidane was the most expensive footballer in history when he joined Real Madrid for 72 million euros, but his class, presence and understated leadership ensured that investment was always going to pay off. Appoin

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His blend of creativity and defensive graft make him one of the best midfielders that Real Madrid have ever had. He had class, character, presence… A dominant influence whose passing was utterly metronomic, he led Madrid to two Champions League wins in th
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6. Fernando Redondo

His blend of creativity and defensive graft make him one of the best midfielders that Real Madrid have ever had. He had class, character, presence… A dominant influence whose passing was utterly metronomic, he led Madrid to two Champions League wins in th

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The leading marksman in Real Madrid’s history with 450 goals, scored in 438 appearances (more than one a game) between 2009 and 2018. His winning DNA helped to return Madrid to heights not scaled since the days of Alfredo di Stéfano. The Portuguese netted
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7. Cristiano Ronaldo

The leading marksman in Real Madrid’s history with 450 goals, scored in 438 appearances (more than one a game) between 2009 and 2018. His winning DNA helped to return Madrid to heights not scaled since the days of Alfredo di Stéfano. The Portuguese netted

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Amancio owned the right wing during his time as a Real Madrid player. Quick and skilful, he wore the white shirt from 1962 to 1976, winning nine LaLiga titles and one European Cup. He also left his mark on the club as a coach, bringing through a generatio
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8. Amancio Amaro

Amancio owned the right wing during his time as a Real Madrid player. Quick and skilful, he wore the white shirt from 1962 to 1976, winning nine LaLiga titles and one European Cup. He also left his mark on the club as a coach, bringing through a generatio

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The greatest player of all time. He attacked, defended, conducted the play, scored goals... He was omnipresent. Di Stéfano played for Madrid from 1953 to 1964, amassing 396 appearances and 307 goals. He scored in every European Cup final from 1956 to 1960
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9. Alfredo di Stéfano

The greatest player of all time. He attacked, defended, conducted the play, scored goals... He was omnipresent. Di Stéfano played for Madrid from 1953 to 1964, amassing 396 appearances and 307 goals. He scored in every European Cup final from 1956 to 1960

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The finest left-footer to ever pull on the Real Madrid shirt. A genius with a wonderful shot that saw him become known as ‘Cañoncito Pum’ (‘Little Cannon Boom’). He was at Madrid from 1958 to 1967, overcoming the effects of a two-year ban before his arriv
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10. Ferenc Puskas

The finest left-footer to ever pull on the Real Madrid shirt. A genius with a wonderful shot that saw him become known as ‘Cañoncito Pum’ (‘Little Cannon Boom’). He was at Madrid from 1958 to 1967, overcoming the effects of a two-year ban before his arriv

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A Real Madrid player from 1953 to 1971, Gento became a legend of the left wing at the Bernabéu, playing in a legendary frontline alongside Raymond Kopa, Héctor Rial, Di Stéfano and Puskás. He is the only player in the history of men’s football to have won
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11. Paco Gento

A Real Madrid player from 1953 to 1971, Gento became a legend of the left wing at the Bernabéu, playing in a legendary frontline alongside Raymond Kopa, Héctor Rial, Di Stéfano and Puskás. He is the only player in the history of men’s football to have won

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