Poll: Which of these Real Madrid players was let go too soon?


Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til its’ gone.

So goes the lyrics of the Joni Mitchell song and though the Canadian singer-songwriter’s ire at the time was directed at the ongoing urbanisation of America, to Real Madrid fans her words have taken on a different meaning.

Because, when it comes to Los Blancos and former striker Alvaro Morata, the club really didn’t know what it had got ‘til it was gone.

Sold to Juventus last summer, the Spaniard returned to well and truly bite the Galacticos in the bum with two goals that helped the Bianconeri advance to the final of the Champions League in Berlin.

Morata was never really given a chance to shine at the Bernabeu and there is definitely a sense among some fans that he was allowed to leave the club too soon.

But where does he rank in our list of the five Real Madrid players who left the club too soon? Read on and cast your vote.

Clarence Seedorf

The Dutchman won a La Liga title and a Champions League during a four season stay at the Bernabeu but decided to leave after falling out of favour under manager Guus Hiddink. He went on to Inter and later AC Milan, where he won two Serie A titles and another two Champions Leagues.

Claude Makelele

A two-time La Liga winner and integral part of the Real side that won the Champions League in 2002, Makelele was an instrumental part of the Galacticos team that boasted Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul among others but was never properly replaced after leaving for Chelsea.

Wesley Sneijder

Despite scoring 11 goals and providing a further 11 assists from 66 appearances that also included a La Liga title win, Sneijder was sold to Inter Milan at a loss of €12m. He went on to win five major trophies with the Nerazzurri in his first season and featured in the World Cup final later that year.

Alvaro Morata

The 22-year-old scored 45 goals in 83 games for Madrid’s B team and racked up 11 in 52 cameos appearances for Los Blancos before being sold to Juve for €20m. Though injury hampered his initial progress, Morata has managed 13 goals in 43 games – including two against Real.

Samuel Eto’o

Brought to Real from his native Cameroon as a teenager, Eto’o was never really given a chance to shine for the Madrid first-team. But after impressing on loan at Real Mallorca, Barca splashed the cash on the forward, who helped them to three league titles a two Champions Leagues.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.