An amazing Xl of players who have been discarded by Real & Barca in 2020

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Real Madrid and Barcelona have let some high-profile players move on in 2020 – but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll define their careers.

Wesley Sneijder won the treble with Inter Milan in 2009-10 after leaving Real, while new Liverpool signing Thiago Alcantara has enjoyed great success since leaving the Nou Camp.

We’ve compiled a talented Xl of players who were sold by Real or Barca in 2020.

GK: Luca Zidane

Admittedly, this doesn’t get off to the best of starts, but these two were never going to sell Thibaut Courtois or Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The goalkeeper, son of coach Zinedine Zidane, joined Madrid’s youth academy at the age of six and made just two appearances for the first team.

After spending 2019-20 on loan at Racing Santander, Zidane was released by his dad at the end of the season. Awkward.

RB: Achraf Hakimi

Hakimi spent the last two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund and developed into one of the world’s best-attacking full-backs, registering nine goals and 10 assists in 2019-20.

The 21-year-old was widely expected to return to the Bernabeu in the summer, but Madrid accepted a £36million bid from Serie A side Inter Milan.

“When the offer came, I thought this was a great opportunity for me to grow, as the fans here experience football in such a special way,” Hakimi said in September. “I have joined a great club.”

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CB: Javi Sanchez

Unfortunately for us, Barcelona and Madrid have decided to keep hold of most of their centre-backs this year.

Sanchez, who made five first-team appearances for Madrid, spent 2019-20 on loan at Real Valladolid and made the move permanent at the end of the season.

CB: Nelson Semedo

OK, Semedo isn’t actually a centre-back, but we’ve included him here because there were no other options, quite frankly.

The Portugal international was a regular fixture in Barcelona’s defence in 2019-20, making 42 appearances in all competitions.

Wolves expressed their interest in the right-back and agreed to pay the La Liga side an initial £27.6million, though the deal could rise to £36.6million.

LB: Sergio Reguilon

Reguilon came through the Madrid academy and excelled on loan at Sevilla in 2019-20, helping Los Palanganas to another Europa League title.

Despite his impressive performances, the left-back still found himself behind Marcelo and Ferland Mendy in the pecking order at Madrid.

He was sold to Tottenham for £28million, although Madrid did insert a buy-back clause into the deal.

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CM: Arthur

Signed from Gremio for £35.5million in 2018, Arthur was initially tipped to become the next Xavi at Barcelona.

“I see myself when I see Arthur on television,” Xavi told Catalunya Radio in 2018. “He is a very quick thinker. He has a natural talent, but most of all, he has a lot of room to improve through training.

“Arthur is already a mature player and I see that he has massive untapped potential. The priority during any match is to never lose the ball and he comes out of a tricky situation with ease. He has a strong personality already.”

But the midfielder started just 13 La Liga games in 2019-20 and agreed to join Juventus in a £65.7million deal, with Miralem Pjanic moving in the other direction.

CM: Ivan Rakitic

While Rakitic was never going to fill the void left by Andres Iniesta or Xavi, he has played a key role in Barcelona’s recent success.

He made 310 appearances during his six years with the club, winning four league titles, four Copa del Rey trophies and the Champions League.

But the Croatia international fell down the pecking order in 2019-20 and was allowed to rejoin Sevilla for an initial fee of €1.5million.

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CM: Arturo Vidal

Widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation, Vidal joined Barcelona from Bayern Munich in 2018.

Despite making 43 appearances for the club in all competitions in 2019-20, the 33-year-old was allowed to join Inter Milan for just £900,000.

RW: James Rodriquez

Rodriquez joined Real Madrid on the back of his impressive performances in the 2014 World Cup but failed to live up to expectations.

After making just eight La Liga appearances in 2019-20, he reunited with former boss Carlo Ancelotti to join Everton on a free transfer.

The Colombia international has become an instant fan favourite at Goodison Park, registering a goal and an assist in his first three league appearances.

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CF: Luis Suarez

Suarez enjoyed an incredible and illustrious six-year spell at Barcelona, scoring 198 goals in 283 appearances in all competitions.

The Uruguay international was deemed surplus to requirements by new coach Ronald Koeman and joined La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid in a £5.5million deal.

Despite being 33, he remains one of Europe’s best forwards and scored twice on his Atletico debut against Granada.

“We are very lucky to have Luis, I don’t understand how Barca could have let him leave,” Diego Costa said. “He’s going to help us with lots of goals as well as his warrior spirit and his hunger to win trophies.”

LW: Marc Cucurella

Cucurella came through the Barcelona academy and had an excellent season on loan at Getafe, winning their fans Player of the Year award in 2019-20.

Despite reported interest from Chelsea and Tottenham, he joined Getafe on a permanent deal for €10million in June 2020.

“Barcelona are a great club and there, the most important thing is to win,” Cucurella told Diario Sport in February 2020.

“However, they do not have the patience that would have existed before and for youth-team players, they do not get the same opportunities that they deserve.

“It tastes bad because when I was in the youth-team, I expected to be trusted more, but the need to win outweighs the need to be patient.”

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