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Top 4 players who played for both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona  

Here are the top four players who played for both Spanish giants and bitter rivals Real Madrid and FC Barcelona in their career.

A player should be ever so lucky to have the opportunity to play for both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona and also be able to handle the pressure of the fans. There are several players who have had the chance to play for both clubs either a direct transfer or being years apart. As the life long rivalry between the two clubs is known as ’El Clasico’. 

The life long rivalry between the two clubs have been the most fierce rivalry in the football world. Here is a top four players who played for both Spanish giants Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. 

4. Gheorghe Hagi

Gheorghe Hagi playing for Real Madrid(left) and FC Barcelona(right)

Appearances/Goals for Real Madrid: 84/20

Appearances/Goals for FC Barcelona: 51/11

Gheorghe Hagi was Romania’s finest ever player who joined Real Madrid in 1990. Hagi had a short stature and because of his wand of a left foot he was often compared to Argentina’s legend Diego Maradona. However just Hagi was unable to make an impact at Los Blancos and just two years later he made a move to Serie B outfit Brescia and helped them get back to Serie A football in his first season. Hagi then move to the Catalan club but same as Real Madrid left after two seasons without cementing a regular first team position.

3. Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique playing for Real Madrid(left) and FC Barcelona(right)

Appearances/Goals for Real Madrid: 212/18

Appearances/Goals for FC Barcelona: 300/109

Luis Enrique was one of the most underrated player of his generation. Luis Enrique was versatile and could play in the midfield as well as upfront. Enrique made the move to Real in 1991 after successful spell at Sporting Gijon and spent five seasons with the Los Blancos and was an important player of the trophy-winning side. However the Spanish international made a move to FC Barcelona as he felt ‘unappreciated’ at Real Madrid.

The transfer did not sit well with Barca fans however after consistent performances and helping the club to win numerous trophies changed that. Luis Enrique was ever so successful as a manager at FC Barcelona winning thr treble in 2015 and winning a total of 9 trophies in three seasons at Camp Nou. 

2. Ronaldo Nazario

The Brazilian Ronaldo Nazario playing for FC Barcelona(left) and Real Madrid(right)

Appearances/Goals for Real Madrid: 177/104

Appearances/Goals for FC Barcelona: 49/47 

The Brazilian Ronaldo remains the only player who is loved by both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona fans till date. The forward played only one season at the Camp Nou in 1996/97 but scored a staggering 47 goals in 49 appearances winning the Copa Del Rey, Super Cup and Cup winners Cup. Ronaldo made a move to Real Madrid in 2002 winning La Liga and having a decent goalscoring ratio. 

1. Luis Figo

Luis Figo playing for FC Barcelona(left) and Real Madrid(right)

Appearances/Goals for Real Madrid: 239/57 

Appearances/Goals for FC Barcelona: 249/45

Luis Figo’s transfer from FC Barcelona to Real Madrid has to be the bitterest of them all between the two clubs. Figo played for FC Barcelona for five seasons and undoubtedly became the best player in the world. However his move to Real Madrid felt like the Catalan fans were cheated.

FC Barcelona fans threw pig heads at Luis Figo(right) after his move to Real Madrid

The next El Clasico, Barca fans made sure to show their discontent with banners like ‘Traitor’ and ‘Judas’ and objects were also thrown at the Portuguese forward whenever he went near the touchline. The object included pig’s head.

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