Real Madrid first Galacticos where are they?
La Liga By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 10/04/2017
The term Galacticos is now a word famous in the world of football to describe either a superstar signing or a transfer for an exorbitant price. It is commonly used for every big signing Real Madrid makes during transfer windows, we need to go back to the year 2000 when Florentino Perez became the club president for the first time.Perez ushered in the first Galacticos era during his reign between 2000 and 2006. Galactico in Spanish implies superstars, thereby referring to the top players in the world signed by Madrid. Perez brought in a second wave of Galacticos during his second spell that began in 2009 and is still going strong. Players such as Kaka from AC Milan, Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United, Karim Benzema from Lyon, and Modric from Tottenham, Gareth Bale from Tottenham, James from Monaco and so on.We take a look of the first set of GalacticosLuis FigoThe Portuguese is the first Galacticos signed by Perez for Madrid. Figo was one of the greatest players of his generation, the Portuguese became the first Galactico when signed for Madrid from arch-rivals Barcelona in 2000. It was one of the shock transfers at the time and it starts the beginning of the Galacticos. He won the La Liga and the Champions League with Madrid before finishing his playing career at Inter Milan in 2009.One of the best attacking players to play the game, Figo is currently popularising football in India through the futsal route as he is the head of the Premier Futsal League in the Asian country. He had also put his name up previously to contest for the position of FIFA president in 2015, before dropping out eventually. He has recently stated that he will enter coaching one day, but not at the moment while he is busy being the face of futsal in India.RaulRaul Gonzalez is a Madridista through and through and signed his first professional contract with Real Madrid at the young age of 17 in 1994. He kicked on from then to play for 16 seasons including captaining the side from 2003 to 2010.Raul is a home grown Galactico.He holds the record for making the highest number of appearances for Real Madrid (741 appearances) and is considered to be one of their greatest players of all time and a Galactico who came through the ranks.A natural striker, Raul scored 323 goals for Madrid and is the second-highest goal scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo and was the top scorer for Spain as well till his retirement. He finished his career with spells at Schalke, Al Sadd and New York Cosmos in 2015. Since his retirement, he has worked as a La Liga ambassador and is joining his boyhood club in an advisory rule from July 1st this year.CasillasCasillas graduated from the Madrid youth system and was considered a Galactico as he was a part of the team at that time. However, his achievements since then have ensured that he will be remembered as one. Casillas is a home grown Galactico just like Raul.A legendary career that saw him win three Champions League titles with Real Madrid, along with leading Spain to international success that includes a World Cup and two Euro wins, Casillas is not only one of the most successful but also one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.Nicknamed “San Iker” for his ability to make insane saves, a civil war with Jose Mourinho during the latter’s time at the club from 2010-2013 soured things and eventually Casillas moved to Portuguese club FC Porto, where he continues to ply his trade. He set a major record recently in March by becoming the player with most appearances in European club matches with 175, crossing AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini’s record.RobertoThe player who defined the attacking left-back/wing-back role in the sport, Roberto Carlos joined Real Madrid in 1996 much before the dawn of the Galacticos era in 2000. However, he went on to become a huge part of that team with his pace, explosiveness and delivery in attack and is especially known for his thunderbolts and outrageous free-kicks, earning him the nickname el hombre bala, the bullet man.