Germany has been an incubator for stocking the Real Madrid midfield with classy players. Here’s our list of the top eleven Germans to have ever played for Los Blancos.
The German footballer of the year in 2018, the top class midfielder Toni Kroos is on cruise control at Real Madrid in this his fifth season with the club. With 199 caps and 12 goals, the German midfielder has won a bucket of trophies including three Champions Leagues.
Before heading to Arsenal in the 2013 season, Mesut Özil starred for Los Blancos where he morphed into a vital assist provider, providing 25 of them in his first year alone. He’d notch 26 in his last season with the side, also helping Real win the Supercopa de España. In prior years, he had helped the side win the La Liga and a Copa Del Rey.
The versatile German defensive midfielder played five years with Los Blancos, earning 102 caps. He helped the side win two Copa del Rey, capping it off with Champions League in 2014.
The first German to play for Real Madrid, Gunter Netzer signed for Los Blancos in 1973. Making 85 domestic appearances for Real Madrid, he helped the squad win two La Liga and a pair of Copa del Rey.
Joining fellow compatriot Gunter Netzer at Real Madrid in 1974, defensive back Breitner helped the team win two La Liga titles. He finished 9th in the Ballon d’Or voting in 1975.
Considered to be one of the best Real Madrid foreign players of all time, goalie Bodo Illgner earned 91 caps with the club where he won two Champions Leagues and two league titles.
Considered one the best of German players to play for Real Madrid, the midfielder Uli Stielike helped Los Blancos win the league three years in a row, along with two Copa del Rey, and a UEFA Cup.
While injuries plagued midfielder Christoph Metzelder’s career at Real Madrid, he still managed to win a 2007-08 La Liga title and a Spanish Super Cup in 31 appearances.