AS Roma and Real Madrid go toe to toe tonight in a crucial game at the top of Group G. Both clubs have a healthy list of current starts and have previously had some of the best players in the World in their ranks. Can you name the players who have been lucky enough to play for both Clubs?
Julio “The Beast” Baptista represented both clubs for approximately three years each. The Striker/Attacking midfielder has a nearly identical record for both clubs. Playing 59 times for Real scoring 11 goals and playing 57 times for Roma contributing 12 goals. The Big Man has amassed an incredible 47 Caps for Brazil. Making his name in Europe with Seville, he also had spells at Malaga, CFR Cluj and a small London club “The Arsenal”.
Antonio Cassano is one of Italian Football’s most notorious “Bad Boys”. His list of Clubs is quite extraordinary, including eight different Italian clubs. His Club fall outs were usually interspersed with brief spells of playing football. It was there that Young Antonio excelled. Well thought of in Roma, before a failed move to Real Madrid, his latest club Verona didn’t even see him play competitively before announcing his immediate retirement. He then announced he would play that season, before retiring again within a week. If you’ve time on your hands just google his name and read some of the stories. It won’t be a waste of time.
Cicinho was a diminutive fullback who also wore the colours of both Real Madrid and Roma. Signing for Real Madrid from Sao Paulo, he never quite settled as a first team player despite playing 27 games. He went to Roma where he played for the next 5 years. He established himself as the clubs first choice right back before falling out of favour with Claudio Ranieri, ending with a series of loan moves. Just a note to remember, he very nearly signed for Man Utd before going to Real Madrid. He actually had an interview with Sir Alex Ferguson but Real Swooped and the rest is history.
Gabriel Heinze was a club legend. At Man Utd that was until he fell out of favour with Sir Alex. Being only one winner there Heinze signed for Real Madrid. Its not known whether the description of the transfer included the word “Virus” but most United fans were sad to see him go. A Whole-hearted Full back or Central Defender many a forward felt his tackle (Childish Giggle). Most will now he was an experienced Argentine International, but do you know he could have played for Italy or Germany also. He has a Volga German father and an Italian mother. Who knew?
The Current Albania manager had a glittering club career. Winning more than a dozen trophies in a club career that took in AC Milan, Real Madrid, Roma, Chelsea and Inter. His longest spell at a club was with Roma. There he made more than 300 appearances and scored over 25 goals during his stint. He is Roma’s highest ever scoring defender, no mean feat for a club that had Cafu as a star fullback. He made over half a century of Italy appearances and his “laid-back” style worked against him on occasions.
Walter Samuel has a gaze that makes Roy Keane look like a puppy dog. The Combative Central Defender was always known for his no-nonsense approach to football. You can imagine him doing a John Smith Ad, stealing Christmas presents or playing a baddie in an over the top action film. Having said that he was a top centre back. Any club would’ve taken him in a flash when he was at the top of his game at Roma or Real Madrid. As long as you done plenty of training work on playing a man short.
Serial winner with Real Madrid, Ivan Helguera played just 8 times for Roma. He was at Real Madrid from 1999 to 2007, No mean feat in itself. He won La Liga three times and helped with 2 European Cups/Champions Leagues in his spell in Madrid. Seen primarily as a centre back or defensive midfielder he chipped in with the odd goal. Here’s clip of him scoring a classic goal for Real Madrid
Other Notable players to have played for both Clubs include Emerson (Not the middlesboro one), Fernando Gago (Argentina International) and Luis Del Sol who played in the 60’s and 70’s.