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Top 5 most influential Real Madrid Players of all time

1. Santiago Bernabeu
 Santiago Bernabeu should always be considered as the greatest to be associated with Real Madrid.
It's sometimes difficult to understand how much he achieved as a player, but his achievements following his playing days are remembered today with Real Madrid as the superpower of world football.
Real Madrid owe their status and triumphs to one man. Santiago Bernabeu's name will forever be emblazoned across the battlefields of modern and future Real Madrid greats. The team's current stadium is named in his honour. He was the club's President for 35 years, between September 1943 and June 1978.

 2. Raul Gonzalez
Gonzalez is the man who was the face of Real Madrid for much of the last decade and is someone who can be assured of a free dinner whenever out in the capital.
Raul was an integral figure for the club even when Florentino Perez looked to introduce the galaxy of stars at the start of the 2000s. He was equally prominent for the start of Perez's second spell.
He has garnered well over 200 goals, numerous Champions League and La Liga titles and is a respected and admired ambassador for the sport.
Raul rightfully sits alongside the other greats of legendary status who have played for the club. But he is undoubtedly the king of kings for Real Madrid in the 21st century.

3. Alfredo Di Stefano
There has to be some degree of disrespect from younger fans of the game who talk about how much they loved the Peles, Liam Bradys and George Bests of the game. You can appreciate their status in the game, but will you ever understand their impact and ability on the football pitch?
Alfredo Di Stefano certainly falls into that category. With Di Stefano, his name is synonymous with Real Madrid. Much the same way that Eusebio is with Benfica, you can't imagine the makeup of Real Madrid without some mention of the Argentine who caused much controversy with his move.
Although too young to understand the player's ability, there is enough written in the history books of the game that tells you why Alfredo Di Stefano is considered one of the best. Di Stefano's legacy will remain untouched as one of the greatest to ever play for Real Madrid.
Di Stéfano played with three different national teams during his career: he played six times with the Argentine national team; four times with Colombia (not recognized by FIFA) and 31 times with the Spanish national team, scoring 23 goals. However, he never played in the World Cup

4. Manuel Sanchis

Manuel Sanchis enjoyed a wonderful career at Real Madrid, coming through the youth ranks and captaining the side for over a decade.
Sanchis played as a real leader among normal men and there seemed to be a real sense of pride for the player to pull on the Real Madrid shirt.
His career came to a close with a fantastic final chapter, having won the Champions League the previous year and adding it to the many domestic trophies during his great career

 5. Iker Casillas
Perhaps more than any other player currently playing at the club, Iker Casillas deserves a place among the legends of Real Madrid.
Taking over the captaincy following the departure of Raul, Casillas has followed on the same path as his predecessor and become an outstanding representative for the club.
A humble and modest leader, Casillas' achievements of many La Liga and Champions League titles have cemented him as one of the great players of modern football.

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