Similar to Ronaldo, he did not stay long. The 36-year-old left the club in 2019 to join PSG, where he held the number 1 position for three seasons before the arrival of Gianluigi Donnarumma. After struggling for playing time, he was loaned to Nottingham Forest last season then returned to Paris to warm up the French club’s bench,
Carvajal remains at Santiago Bernabeu and has now been with this team for 10 years. The Spaniard has only missed two La Liga matches for Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season.
One of the two players that day is currently playing for Manchester United. Varane joined Man Utd in 2021 and is having difficulty due to injury.
Like Keylor Navas, Ramos joined PSG in the summer of 2021. Now 37 years old, he returned to boyhood club Sevilla on a free transfer as he entered the twilight of his career.
After 15 years with Real Madrid, Marcelo moved to Greek club Olympiacos in 2022 on a free transfer. The move to this club turned into a nightmare with injuries lingering. Now, the 35-year-old has returned to his hometown of Brazil, where he played for Fluminense and recently won the South American championship with this team.
He had a special first season with the Red Devils. Now, he, like the rest of the Man Utd squad, is struggling to find his best form.
One of the best midfielders of his generation, Modric still retains his place in the Real Madrid squad despite being 38 years old. He won the Golden Ball in 2018 after leading Croatia to the World Cup final and winning the C1 championship with Real. He is currently an experienced leader in Real’s youthful squad.
Like Modric, Toni Kroos still maintains a foothold in the Spanish capital. Young players like Jude Bellingham, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni and Arda Guler will feel lucky to be able to learn from both Kroos and Modric.
The midfielder left the Bernabeu in 2022 to join Sevilla, but left at the end of the season after 19 appearances. Now 31 years old, Isco has a regular starting position in the Betis squad.
Another Ballon d’Or winner, Benzema has the most similar career path to Ronaldo on this list. The Frenchman spent 14 years at Real Madrid before moving to Saudi Arabia to join Al-Ittihad and compete with Ronaldo for the tournament’s golden boot. Benzema is earning £3.3 million per week in the Middle Eastern country and has scored 9 goals in 14 appearances for his new team.
Thanh Vu | 20:45 November 20, 2023