Ranking of every player to play for Real Madrid and Barça since 1990


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Real Madrid and Barcelona share one of the fiercest rivalries in world football – so it’s no surprise that few players have played for both clubs.

Elite footballers around the world have represented Real or Barca over the years, but it took a brave man to cross the divide, stay professional and don the jersey of your old club’s big rivals.

We’ve taken the 11 players to represent both clubs since 1990 and ranked them from worst to best.

11. Julen Lopetegui

Best known for being sacked on the eve of Spain’s 2018 World Cup campaign, Lopetegui played for Real and Barca in the 1990s.

The former goalkeeper only managed one La Liga appearance for Madrid, a 3-3 away draw against Atletico Madrid having already been crowned league champions in 1991, but at least he did five times more for his rivals.

ten. Alphonse perez

A Real Madrid academy graduate, forward Alfonso made his first-team debut at 18 but failed to secure a regular starting spot and joined Real Betis in 1995.

After a successful stint in Seville and featured at Euro 2000, Alfonso signed for Barca but struggled to settle in the Catalan capital. Loan periods at Marseille and Betis followed before moving to his former club for good in 2002.

9. Robert Prosinecki

A brilliant player in his time, but Prosniecki’s best spells came from Spain.

He signed with Real Madrid in 1991 after a successful stint at Red Star Belgrade and played in the Spanish capital for four inconsistent years.

He was loaned to Real Oviedo for the 1994-95 season, before signing permanently with rivals Barcelona in 1995. But injury issues disrupted his stay, which only lasted one season before leaving.

In all fairness he was much better for the Portsmouth Premier League…

8. Dani Garcia

Another Real Madrid academy graduate Garcia failed to make an impact on the first team and left in 1998.

He moved to Barcelona a year later after a successful season with Real Mallorca and initially had a positive impact, scoring in a Champions League victory over Chelsea.

Sadly, Garcia suffered injuries and left the club at the end of the 2002-03 season.

7. Gheorghe Hagi

He won the silverware with both Real and Barca, producing quality lightning bolts along the way, but Hagi fell short of both clubs’ expectations.

The Romanian’s stay in Madrid was deemed unsuccessful by some, which says more about the talent he possessed than his actual performances at the Bernabeu.

His two years at Barca have been rich in trophies, but he struggled for consistent playing time under Cruyff who preferred Romario and Hristo Stoichkov to the mercurial playmaker.

6. Javier Saviola

Good for Barca – 70 goals in 168 appearances – but less for Real, where Saviola spent two unsuccessful seasons in the mid-2000s.

Yet his name is what comes closest to a time machine for a certain generation of fans …

READ: Javier Saviola: the “little bunny” who almost became a world champion

5. Michel soler

Left-back Soler had two stints with Barcelona, ​​his first being more successful, before playing for Real Madrid.

He signed for Los Blancos in 1995, after an impressive spell with Sevilla, but left after just one season.

4. Samuel Eto’o

Eto’o signed with Real Madrid at the age of 16, but was unable to enter the first team during his time there.

He joined Mallorca permanently in 2000, where he excelled and was bought by Barca four years later.

It was at Camp Nou that Eto’o became one of the most feared strikers in world football, scoring 130 goals during a glittering five-year stint.

3. Luis Enrique

You like to associate Enrique with Barcelona but we often forget that he also played for Real.

He signed for Los Blancos in 1991, but joined rivals Barca on a free transfer in the summer of 1996 after letting his contract expire – who later said he rarely felt appreciated by Real Madrid fans and did not keep fond memories there.

Enrique spent the rest of his career in Barcelona, ​​retiring in 2004.

2. Luis Figo

Don’t mention the pig’s head, don’t mention the pig’s head …

1. Ronaldo

It takes a true legend of the game to be loved by Barca and Real fans, but Brazilian Ronaldo handled it with ease.

His only season at Camp Nou was special, scoring 47 goals in 49 games in all competitions and winning the 1996 FIFA World Player of the Year award.

An injured, but still brilliant, spell at Inter Milan followed before Ronaldo became the last Galactico at Real Madrid in 2002.

He wasn’t quite the strength of the old days, but Ronaldo has always shone at Real – including this treble against Manchester United.

Brazilian Ronaldo Barcelona

READ: A tribute to Barcelona-era Ronaldo and his * other * hat trick against Valencia


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