Like any other major Football club, Real Madrid usually makes signings that sometimes are very successful, and sometimes ends up being a total failure. However, some of these have been so crazy and bizarre that none of the fans and the media understood, both for the unnecessary of the transfer and the fact that some of these players were almost unknown for everyone.
These are the six craziest signings.
1. Carlos Diogo
Although throughout its history, Real Madrid has not been characterized by having great right backs, this was a signing that no one understood, because he wasn’t someone as Emmanuel Eboue, and almost nobody saw him playing previously.
When the Spanish club decided to sign him, he was a young promising player that still haven’t done the leap to Europe, having shown some skills in the Argentinean club River Plate, and a few matches in the Uruguayan national team.
Ignoring all these facts, Florentino Perez signed him as the future of the right back position in the Real Madrid squad, a label that no one took it seriously because everyone knows that this club rarely gives great chances to the young players.
Also, Diogo had to compete against guys like Michel Salgado, Sergio Ramos, Cicinho and Oscar Miñambres, who were the main player on this side of the pitch, relegating the Uruguayan to just 13 matches played and no goals, materializing one of the most unnecessary signings that are remembered.
Far from being a bad deal just for Real Madrid, this was a terrible experience for Carlos Diogo. He not only couldn’t exploit his skills but also because no major club wanted to sign him after the only season he played, for the reason that when someone fails in this team, everyone sees him as an unreliable and inconsistent player.
He went to Real Zaragoza a year later and played for others minors teams as Huesca, and Gent.
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2. Diego López
In his last season in Real Madrid, José Mourinho had an open war against Iker Casillas, because of a phone call that the Goalkeeper had with some Barcelona´s players, after several clashes that they had in the last four Clásicos. Also, Casillas revealed through his wife Sara Carbonero all the problems that were happening within the Real Madrid´s locker room, claiming that some players wanted the Portuguese manager to leave the team.
Of course, Mourinho saw this as a serious betrayal and replace him by the substitute goalkeeper Antonio Adán, who became the main player in this position after Casillas suffered an injury in one of his fingers. However, Adán never showed good qualities, and the manager decided to sign Diego López, another goalkeeper who ended up sitting these two in the bench.
Although López played very well, it was clear that he was signed just to bother Casillas, which makes him one of the craziest signings in Real Madrid history.
3. Hamit Altintop
This is a crazy signing everywhere you look at it, and not only because of the level issue because seeing Real Madrid buying not so leveled players is something that has happened a lot of times. The thing is that this was one of the most unnecessary signings in the history of this great club because, in that season, they had a squad which covered all the positions that Altintop could play.
As for wingers, they had Ángel Di María, Cristiano Ronaldo, and José Callejón. In the midfield they had magnificent players like Sami Khedira, Esteban Granero, Xabi Alonso and Mesut Ozil, in the right back there was Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Arbeloa, and on the left wing, there was Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao.
If you want to know why he was signed, the truth is that he was requested by Mourinho, because this manager love players with commitment and the capacity to turn into giants in the most important matches.
Of course, this was not the case of Hamit Altintop, who was ridiculously overcome by Barcelona players in a semifinal, playing as a right back, to the point where Eric Abidal scored his first goal for this club because of his fault.
4. Antonio Cassano
Just as the last case, his signing was nonsense in every possible way. First of all, he was an old promising player who came from AS Roma from the back door, after a poor season and serious problem with the captain Francesco Totti.
In another hand, this guy had a temper that usually got him into trouble, a feature that makes him one of that player that you never want on your team, even when he counts with a magical touch every time he has the ball.
The other big issue about Cassano´s signing was that the squad was full of better players in his position. There were legends as Raúl, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, and Ronaldo, as well as other stars like Robinho, Gonzalo Higuain, and José Antonio Reyes.
Far from showing a great performance, the Italian forward became one of the worst signings in Real Madrid history, because of his lack of commitment, his disastrous football, his clashes with the manager Fabio Capello, and because he even gains some weight.
5. Edwin Congo
This signing was a joke since the moment that former President Lorenzo Sanz decided to turn this Colombian winger in a Real Madrid player. The incredible thing is that this was even funnier and bizarre than any comedy movie, because belief or not, no one in the club knew this guy, and they sign him because of a letter that a little kid wrote, in which he described his extraordinary skills.
Congo came as a promising new face, willing to conquer the world and became a superstar. The reality was that he didn’t play a single minute with the team, being transferred on loan to other teams.
6. Julien Faubert
Although he joined them on loan and only last a few months, he achieved the dubious honor of being one of the most remembered players in Real Madrid history, because of his disastrous level and some shameful moments. As when he falls to sleep in a match against Villareal, feeling bored for being on the bench, or when he missed training because he thought he had that day off.
Of course, like most of the previous cases, this was a crazy sign because everyone knew that Faubert wasn’t a top class professional, and the squad was full of better players. So, why he was signed? Because the former President Ramón Calderón wanted to surprise everyone with a new player and ended up signing one of the worst.