Real Madrid are one of the biggest clubs in world football and you might be surprised by some of their former stars who are currently without a club.
Whether it’s down to bad luck, injuries or simply waiting for the right opportunity to come along, there are plenty of reasons why footballers find themselves on the free agents market.
We’ve taken a closer look at Real Madrid’s former players and have found five of them who are without a club heading into January.
The Spanish shot-stopper had two separate stints at Real Madrid, with the majority of his appearances coming when he returned to the club in January 2013. Lopez replaced the injured Iker Casillas and won two trophies during his time with the club.
The goalkeeper has racked up over 670 appearances throughout his career which he predominantly spent in Spain. He most recently played for Rayo Vallecano, although he is now without a club following his release in the summer.
It’s amazing that he is still going at 42 years old and while he is currently on the free agent market, he doesn’t seem to be ready to hang up the gloves just yet.
Another former Real Madrid goalkeeper who now finds himself on the free agents market. Casilla often played second fiddle to Keylor Navas during his time at the club, although he did manage to rack up a respectable 43 appearances in total.
Casilla was a bit hit-and-miss during his time in England with Leeds United and he most recently played for Getafe, although was let go in the summer. The 37-year-old is now on the hunt for his next club which will most likely be somewhere in Spain.
Living up to the Zidane surname was always going to be tough and the 27-year-old currently finds himself without a club, having most recently played for Spanish third division side Fuenlabrada.
The French midfielder only made one senior appearance for Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey back in 2016. To be fair to Zidane, he did manage to score on his solitary appearance, but his Real Madrid career never took off despite his promising debut.
He has had short stints in Switzerland and France throughout his career, but he’s mostly spent his playing days in Spain. Most footballers are at the peak of their powers around 27, but it remains to be seen where Zidane will go next.
Enzo’s brother, Theo, is currently in the Real Madrid ranks and will be hoping to make a breakthrough in the near future.
The Spanish forward spent five years in the Real Madrid set-up, but he never managed a senior appearance. Acuna did have a short spell in England with Watford, although he didn’t exactly pull up many trees with the Hornets.
The 35-year-old has had quite the journeyman career with stints in Spain, England, Paraguay and Thailand. He most recently played for Hercules in the Spanish fourth tier and is now without a club.
Bueno had a tremendous track record for Real Madrid B, but he never really got the chance to showcase his talent at the senior level. Across his six appearances for Real Madrid, Bueno played a total of 63 minutes before he was sold to Real Valladolid.
The forward enjoyed decent spells with Valladolid and Rayo Vallecano and has since been hoping around clubs in Spain, Portugal and Greece. The 35-year-old most recently played for Spanish third-tier side Algeciras and is now on the hunt for his next club.