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Footballers who have featured for both PSG and Real Madrid

5) Jese

What began as an utterly promising career has followed a downward trajectory for the Spaniard. Making his debut for Real Madrid back in 2013, Jese’s playing style brought comparisons with the mighty Cristiano Ronaldo. Such was his tenacity and dribbling skills that Jese became an upcoming figure in the Spanish football. However, a cruciate ligament injury sustained against Schalke saw Jese miss out on more than six months of action, and the Spaniard has never been the same force ever since. He moved to PSG but after failing to live up to the expectations, returned to Las Palmas on loan. Now at Stoke, Jese continues to grapple with injuries and looks a shadow of his old self.

4) Gabriele Heinze

The Argentine defender featured for the Parisians at a time when the club were still developing back in ’01. He stayed in Paris for three years becoming a central figure at the back for the French side. After winning a solitary cup with PSG, Heinze moved to Manchester United before signing for Real Madrid. He won a league title with Los Blancos in 2007/08 season. Heinze also featured for Marseille and Roma later in his career.

3) Angel Di Maria

Gareth Bale’s arrival was seen as a sign that Real wanted Di Maria and Ozil to move on. While Ozil did move on, Di Maria stayed on. However, to accommodate Bale, then manager Ancelloti switched Di Maria to a more central position, a position where the Argentine blossomed. He was central to Real’s comeback against Athletico in the La Decima win, with his brilliant zig-zag run creating a chance for Bale to score. PSG were heavy favourites to land him the following summer; however, Manchester United signed him, making him the most expensive signing of the time. As fate would have it, Di Maria failed to settle in Manchester and was shipped out the following summer, with PSG finally getting their man. He has since featured in some of PSG’s best games, with last season’s 4-0 thrashing of Barca his best performance for the Parisians till date.

2) Claude Makelele

Arguably one of the best defensive midfielders of all time, Claude Makelele was the backbone of Chelsea’s title-winning sides providing the necessary defensive cover for the likes of Lampard to move forward. Makelele made his name at Real Madrid where he was a part of the impressive trio of Zidane and Figo. After leaving Chelsea in 2008, Makelele signed for PSG, where he would spend his final playing days. Makelele is currently part of Swansea’s coaching staff under Paul Clement.

1) David Beckham

The player who made fans love the game, David Beckham was a part of the prestigious Class of ’92. The midfielder won the elusive treble with United in 1999. He was signed by Florentino Perez as a part of the Galacticos era playing alongside Zidane, Figo and Ronaldo. After several years with Real, Beckham moved to MLS to play for LA Galaxy. He ended his career with PSG, a move which was more about promoting the club globally, which further serves as a testament to how popular Beckham was.


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