5 legends that donned both Real Madrid and Inter Milan colors – originally published on Sportslens.com
Benzema versus Sanchez, Hazard versus Lautaro, Casemiro versus Vidal, Zidane versus Conte – the List goes on. The delicious group stage duel between Real Madrid and Inter Milan in this season's Champions League is nothing short of a high-profile spectacle with some of the biggest names in club football. Madrid against Inter is always a classic.
Before the massive tactical clash between the two European giants, let's take a look at the top five players who have had the honor of wearing both Galactico and Nerazzurri colors.
ROBERTO CARLOS (DF)
Did you know? Roberto Carlos started his career as a striker and was even used as a center forward by the then Inter manager Roy Hodgson. Since he first broke out in the football world with his menacing left leg, Carlos has terrified the defenders with his thunderous bending shots and otherworldly free kicks. Some of his shots have reportedly reached speeds of 170 km / h.
He only spent one season at Inter before moving to Madrid for a meager € 6 million. Talk about a bargain. He spent eleven title years in the Spanish capital and won three UEFA Champions League, four La Ligas and one UEFA Super Cup. Carlos established himself as one of the greatest left-backs of all time and is often referred to as the most offensive left-back in the game's history.
Inter Milan (1995-1996) 34 caps – 7 goals.
Real Madrid (1996-2007) 527 international matches – 69 goals.
Few players can boast playing for both the Milanese teams and for the rivals of El Clasico. After playing only one season with Barca in La Liga, a season that took the world by storm, he won the Ballon d & # 39; Or in 1997 at the age of just 20. A record that has not yet been broken. Inter secured his signature for what was then a world record fee of $ 27 million.
The bald prodigy scared the defense attorneys when they saw him approach. Alessandro Nesta once said: "The worst experience I ever had was when I played against Ronaldo in the 1998 UEFA Cup final – he just couldn't be stopped." Unfortunately, he suffered a life-changing injury against Lazio in the Coppa Italia.
After missing much of his final years at Inter due to injury, he announced his comeback on the world stage by securing Brazil's fifth world title. Although many viewed him as a "shadow of his former self" during his Madrid years, he was nonetheless a force to be reckoned with and constantly defied critics. With his groundbreaking dribbling skills, unstoppable acceleration, mesmerizing skills and great ball control, & # 39; Il Fenomeno & # 39; a real phenomenon.
Inter Milan (1997-2002) 99 caps – 59 goals.  Real Madrid (2002-2007) 177 caps – 104 goals.
LUIS FIGO (MF)
Figo's skillful ability with the ball at his feet enabled him to frequently and effectively connect false defenders. His dead ball skills, visionary passing, and leadership skills made it very difficult for the defense to keep him calm. His signing by Madrid for what was then a world record fee of € 62 million from Barca marked the beginning of the Galactico era. During this time, Madrid conquered the La Liga twice and the Champions League once.
Inter Milan took Luis Figo on a cheap transfer from Madrid and prevailed more than a hundred times for the Nerazzurri. The Portuguese maestro, who was normally used as a winger, has now been used as an attacking midfielder in the role of playmaker.
Luis Figo will forever be remembered for his controversial transfer from Barcelona to Madrid, an event that ended with a pig's head being thrown on the field. Ivan Campo Ramos, Figo's team-mate during his first Clasico at Camp Nou with Los Blancos, once said: “That night when Figo came back for the first time was amazing. I've never heard anything like it. But my lingering emotion was admiration: you have balls. “
Real Madrid (2000-2005) 239 caps – 57 goals.
Inter Milan (2005-2009) 138 caps – 11 goals.
CLARENCE SEEDORF (MF)
The muscular Dutchman was one of the most versatile players who played the beautiful game. Clarence Seedorf could literally play anywhere in midfield – be it as an attacking playmaker or as a box-to-box role. Because of his strong field presence and unparalleled tactical skills, he has been dubbed "Il Professore" by the Italian media.
During his three years at Madrid he played an important role in winning La Liga in 1996/97 and three other titles during the course – most notably the 1997/98 Champions League. Seedorf moved to Italy to play at Inter, a tenure that didn't turn out to be a title-winning season for the Italian club.
Even so, the diehard midfielder is fondly remembered for his contributions in every game he played. It would be pretty fair to say that the other Rossoneri half of Milanese believers will remember him much better – as a club legend, to be precise.
Real Madrid (1996-1999) 159 internationals – 20 goals
Inter Milan (1999-2002) 93 internationals – 14 goals.
WALTER SAMUEL (DF)
As the youth product of Newell & # 39; s Old Guys leading Argentine academies, Walter Samuel was the type of player who could lead efficiently from behind. His exceptional positioning, strong physique, tight marking, fearless tackles, and ability to read the game made him one of the best defenders in the world in his prime. He was named & # 39; Il Muro & # 39; for a reason. (The Wall) called.
Although his career in Madrid never ran away after successful appearances at Boca Juniors and AS Roma, he made a big difference in Serie A when Inter signed him for 16 million euros. For nine years, Samuel led the defense from behind, contributing to Inter's most successful 2009-10 as they swept Europe to end an incredible triple winning season. The Argentine will be remembered as the uncompromising Nerazzurri legend.
Real Madrid (2005-2005) 40 caps – 2 goals.
Inter Milan (2005-2014) 236 international matches – 17 goals.