The World Cup is the ultimate audition for players around the globe to grab the attention of Europe’s elite. Real Madrid are a club who have quickly snapped up the services of stars that lit up the grandest football competition for their respective countries in the 21st century.
Madrid have signed a quartet of players on the back of four out of the five World Cups that have been held over the last 22 years.
The Spanish giants broke their trend in 2018 when they made the uncustomary decision not to sign anyone in the summer transfer window that coincided with, and followed, France’s World Cup triumph in Russia.
We’ve taken a closer look at the last four players who impressed at a World Cup before joining Madrid.
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