Eden Hazard’s “dream” move to Real Madrid has been nothing short of a nightmare.
The Belgium international joined Los Blancos last summer from Chelsea, with the defending Spanish champions forking out a staggering £143million for his services.
Big things were, understandably, expected of Chelsea’s former talisman, who was relishing the opportunity to play under the great Zinedine Zidane.
Hazard hasn’t come anywhere near close to justifying his hefty price-tag, with the 29-year-old scoring a paltry three goals in 29 appearances.
Hazard’s early woes in the Spanish capital got Mirror Sporting thinking of the worst signings made by Real in the modern era, five of which you can see below.
Real Madrid’s five worse signings
The charismatic Italian joined Real in January 2006 from Roma for a fee of £5million.
Despite winning the La Liga title in his second and final season at the Bernabeu, Cassano’s time in the Spanish capital wasn’t a prosperous one – with the forward scoring four goals in 29 appearances. His poor goal return could’ve been down to his poor attitude.
“In Madrid, I had a friend who was a hotel waiter,” the 38-year-old revealed. “His job was to bring me three or four pastries after I had sex.
“He would bring the pastries up the stairs, I would escort the woman to him and we would make an exchange: he would take the girl and I would take the pastries. Sex and then food, a perfect night.”
To say Woodgate’s time in Madrid was a nightmare would be a major understatement. In the summer of 2004, Real, surprisingly, splashed out £14million to acquire the injury-prone defender’s services.
Injury prevented the centre-back from making any appearances in his first season at the club and restricted him to 14 nine outings in his second and final campaign at the Bernabeu.
More surprising the Real’s acquisition of Woodgate was their decision to sign Julien Faubert on loan from West Ham in January 2009.
The transfer baffled the football world, with many wondering if the Frenchman would be able to make any sort of impact at the Bernabeu.
Unsurprisingly, Faubert didn’t manage to become a first-team regular and ended up making a meagre two appearances for the club.
After being impressed by his displays with Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid took a punt on the Turkey international in the summer of 2011.
Despite making a decent start to life in the Spanish capital, Sahin failed to live up to expectations in his first season – which prompted a loan moves to Liverpool and Dortmund.
Sahin – who ended up making 10 appearances for Los Blancos – was eventually sold back to the Bundesliga outfit in the summer of 2014.
Although he won the La Liga title in his sole season at the Bernabeu, Real’s signing of Emerson proved to be a major miss.
Emerson, to his credit, played well in his 29 appearances for the Spaniards but ultimately cast his fate in January 2007 by admitting he wanted to leave the club – a decision he made a U-turn on a few months later.