There is a mythical number in football that is indisputable. The 10 is an international benchmark since always, as evidenced by players like Maradona, Laudrup or Cruyff among others.
Although if we talk about the Spanish League, and more specifically of Real Madrid, there is a number that has marked most of those who have taken it. This is the story of Real Madrid’s number 7, with which some of the best soccer players in the world have played. Let’s start with the one who currently wears this number on his shirt.
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If you ask a Real Madrid player who is the best player of the moment, everyone will answer the same. And Cristiano Ronaldo is the idol of this club today. For many, an essential without which many of the achievements in their windows could not have been achieved.
The power of his shot, a physical form that is quite evident, both by how he is seen on the field and because he must recognize that he loves to teach it, make this player someone fundamental in the team’s strategy. The team wins and also the individual awards place him as one of the best 7 in the history of Madrid.
Another reference of his time. Raúl González deserved to win the golden ball at least once, although he was never awarded the prize. Some speak of the fiasco of the World Cup in Korea and Japan, of which many do not want to hear or speak, as the reason why that year, in which it was at the best possible time, although others speak of darker reasons.
Anyway, nobody can deny that he was a reference and an example of a class at Real Madrid, where he lived many afternoons of glory and helped to win European Cups again. We already talked about him when we made the list of the best Spanish players in history.
Every Real Madrid fan knows what name he highlighted when talking about Quinta del Vulture. Emilio Butragueño won the admiration of everyone, even the rivals, for being one of the cleanest players that ever existed, who never in his entire career took an expulsion or a red card. When he went to Mexico, he was known as the Knight of the Goal. That was where he retired. Today he is a member of the board of the club.
Juan Gómez “Juanito”
Juanito marked the history of Real Madrid so much, that a part of the fans Korea their name in all the matches when the 7th minute arrives. Unlike the previous one, Juanito was quite tough, so much so that he was disabled 5 years for aggression against a player.
With everything and with that, he is still considered one of the best players in Spain. He died in a traffic accident when he went to Merida to train the city team, after attending a game that was always his great football love: Real Madrid.
The 7th of the ye-ye generation led a Real Madrid that won the 6th European Cup, with a team formed only by national soccer players. His way of haggling and making impossible moves made him be called El Brujo.
With him he also made history the selection, winning the Eurocopa of 64, the only important international trophy that Spain won and that would not be repeated until decades later. Some of the best strikers of all time talk about its importance for Spanish football.
Kopa was a member of Real Madrid of Alfredo di Stefano, and one of the best players that France has given. He got a Golden Ball and several times he stayed at the gates to repeat the award. At first, it was not his ideal position, but he adapted to number 7 so that Di Stefano, the great star of the moment, remained the team leader.
His softness in the touch and the difficulty of the rivals to remove the ball from his feet won a hole in the hearts of the fans, who saw how Madrid won 2 Leagues and 3 European Cups while he played. A curious detail is that he was not only a footballer but also participated in the Paris-Dakar. Of course, several years after retiring from professional football. It was only 3 years, but Madrid remembers it with love.
This is the story of the best 7 that Real Madrid has had, and that make this number the one that white fans take into account when looking at their scorers. They are not the only ones who have stood out and even wanted it.