James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo to David Beckham, Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane…Real Madrid, then and now

PETE JENSON: Back in 2003, Real Madrid bought the biggest names without too much consideration for the on-field needs of the coach – David Beckham was at the peak of his powers when he joined that season but so was Luis Figo who played in exactly the same position. Now, Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez still fit the Galatico model but they are young and hungry not already bloated by success at other clubs.