Seven Stars Who Played For Real & Bayern
Seven Stars Who Played For Real Madrid & Bayern Munich
With Real Madrid facing Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League tonight, all eyes will be on Zinedine Zidane reject James Rodriguez, but the 2014 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot winner is just one of seven high-profile stars who played for both clubs.
Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see seven players who played for both Bayern and Los Blancos, according to RealTotal.
The Colombian joined Real for €75 million (R1.1 billion) in 2014, and won seven titles with the Spanish giants. However, his game time under Zinedine Zidane decreased massively last season, and he did not even make the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League final squad.
As a consequence, Rodriguez was desperate to leave the Santiago Bernabeu, and joined the Bundesliga record champions in July 2017. At Bayern, he has scored six goals and assisted a further 12 strikes so far this season, and has regained his confidence since Jupp Heynckes took over.
However, James is not the only star in tonight's two squads who played for both clubs. Arjen Robben was a Los Blanco player between 2007 and 2009 before joining Bayern, while Toni Kroos moved in the other direction. The German World Cup winner famously did not agree with Bayern's contract offer in 2013, and as a consequence, the club chose to sell him for €25 million (R370 million) rather than lose him on a free the year after.
Kroos has since become one of the pillars of Real's squad, making 183 appearances for the Spanish side, scoring 11 goals and assisting another 54 strikes. Overall, he has lifted nine trophies during his time at the Bernabeu so far.
You can find four other players who have played for both clubs in the gallery above. Interestingly, Bayern boss Heynckes also coached Real in 1997/98, while his predecessor in the Bavarians dugout, Carlo Ancelotti, also coached both clubs during his managerial career.
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