1. Alfredo Di Stefano from Millionarios 1995;
The South American wizard, then playing in Colombia, was at the centre of a bitter transfer tug-of-war between Barcelona and Real Madrid in 1955. But it was los Merengues that Di Stefano eventually joined, after a rather controversial intervention from the Spanish government, who optimistically wanted the clubs to share him! Barca's loss was Real's gain. Di Stefano remains the third-highest goalscorer in Spanish Football, won five European Cups in a row and eight La Liga titles, practically defining the modern Real Madrid in the process.
2. Ferenc Puskas from Honved 1956;
The Galloping Major's move from Honved to the Bernabéu was a rather bitter-sweet one. In 1956 he and his team-mates were on a tour of Europe that the Hungarian authorities didn't approve of, which left Puskas facing a court martial if he returned to his homeland following the Hungarian uprising. The magnificent Magyar opted to stay in Spain, joining Real, becoming an integral part of the all-conquering side of the late 1950's, with his powerful left-foot shot. He is still the only man to have scored four goals in a European Cup final.
3. Zinedine Zidane from Juventus 2001;
Enter the galactico. Zizou might have cost Real Madrid the princely sum of €66million, but then they did get a footballing prince for their money. He arrived at the Bernabeu from Juve in the summer of 2001 on a four-year contract and although he took his time to settle in La Liga, by the time Real had returned to their spiritual second home of Hampden Park in May 2002 for the Champions League final, Zidane was displaying the brand of football alchemy that had made the Frenchman the world's most expensive player in the first place. His magical volleyed goal in that match against Bayer Leverkusen will live in the mind of all who saw it for a long, long time.
4. Raymond Kopa from Stade de Reims 1956;
Kopa actually made his name against Real Madrid, as a member of the Stade de Reims team that reached the inaugural European Cup final in 1956, where they lost to Real. The one-time coal miner quickly joined Real and made up for his disappointment by getting his hands on the Cup in 1957, 1958 and 1959, becoming the first Frenchman to win the trophy devised by one of his compatriots.
5. Jorge Valdano from Real Zaragoza 1984;
The Argentine predator arrived at the Bernabéu in 1984 and although he only represented Real for three seasons, he made a colossal imapct on the club, winning the Uefa Cup in 1985 and 1986, and La Liga in 1986 and 1987. His intelligent, thoughtful opinions on the game earned him the knickname the Philosopher of football. He later became Real coach, winning the 1995 championship, before moving upstairs as sporting director and becoming an acclaimed writer.
6. Uli Stielike from Borussia Monchengladbach 1997;
The German defender was a serious sort of person, as evidenced by the fact he once told a British football magazine that the person he would most like to meet in the world was president Sadat of Egypt. And he was a serious sort of defender too, a rock at the heart of the defence for country and club. Stielike joined Real Madrid from the Bundesliga in 1977, winning three consecutive Spanish championships between 1978 and 1980, and the Uefa Cup in 1985, his final season at the Bernabéu. Never showy but always effective, Real's success in the late 1970's was built on his consistency.
7. Hugo Sanchez from Atletico Madrid 1985;
The gymnastic Mexican arrived at the Bernabéu after four years at deadly rivals Atletico, but managed to win over the Real supporters with some astounding goalscoring feats, earning him the Pichichi trophy for Spain's leading goalscorer four seasons running, and inspring his side to five championships in a row between 1986 and 1990. In the 1989/90 season, he hit the target an incredible 38 times to win the European Golden Boot as Real ran riot, netting 102 goals as a team that season, a record that no side has come close to matching.
8. Paco Gento from Racing Santander 1953;
Known as the Storm of the Cantabrico (aka the Bay of Biscay), Gento became a legend in Real's No.11 shirt after joining from Racing Santander, aged 20. The outside-left tormented defenders with his speed and skill on the ball, winning 12 championships and six European Cups, and captaining Real's iconic Ye-Ye team of the 1960s.
9. Miguel Munoz from Celta Vigo 1948
The engine of the all-qonquering Real team of the 1950s, and a Rolls-Royce engine at that. Munoz, who came from Galician side Celta Vigo, was one of a clutch of players bought on the diktat of Real godfather Santiago Bernabéu after the club slumped to an unthinkable 11th place in the league in 1948. The boss proved he knew a good player when he saw one, as Munoz powered Real tot heir first two European Cups. The attacking half-back scored the club's first ever goal in continental competition and inspired Real's comeback in the 1956 final, setting up Di Stefano to score in magical style. And then after all that, he became the club's longest-serving coach.
10. Ronaldo from Internazionale 2002;
Real have never been able to resist a bit of Latin American magic, even, when like to O Fenomeno, it comes at a price of €40million. The brilliant Brasilian joined Real after his triumphant rehabilation at the 2002 World Cup. Ronaldo is yet to experience that brand of glory in the white shirt of Real, having come close but not close enough in the Champions League, although his performance at Old Trafford in the 2003 quarter-finals was justification in itself for that galactico tag.