In Real Madrid there have always been very good strikers during their history. We are going to highlight who were the best Real Madrid top scorers from Di Stefano until the present, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Alfredo Di Stéfano (1953-1963): The Hispano-Argenitne has been one of the best players in Real Madrid’s history. Before his signing with Los Blancos, Real Madrid didn’t win any La Liga during 20 years and with his arrival to the capital of Spain, he won 8 of 10 leagues. We must also add that the “Saeta Rubia” was one of the key players to win 5 European Cup (the current Champions League). He scored 308 goals in his career with Los Blancos playing during 11 seasons.
Ferenc Puskas (1958-1966): The Hungarian striker Puskas broke all the goal scoring records, earning his nickname of “Pancho” or “Cañoncito”. He was one of the greatest strikers in history, being one of the best left-footed players in Real Madrid. He signed with Los Blancos at the age of 31 from Honved Budapest. His arrival was a complete surprise to the Spanish fans. They thought that this old and overweighted player was not going to triumph in a big team like Real Madrid, but suddenly they discovered they were mistaken. He won 3 European Cups, 5 leagues, 1 Spanish cup and he was four times La Liga’s top scorer.
Carlos Alonso González “Santillana”(1979-1987): He is considered one of the best strikers in the history of the Spanish football. His nickname comes from the Cantabrian town where he was born called (Santillana del Mar). He was one of the best top header players in the history. With Real Madrid he scored 186 goals in La Liga and 290 in total being a very important player in Los Blancos history.
Emilio Butragueño (1984-1995): He was a football genius and a Real Madrid legend. He was a very intelligent player with very good dribbling skills and he scored a lot of goals in Real Madrid. His nickname (El Buitre) came to represent one of the best generation of Real Madrid players with Sanchis, Michel, Martín Vázquez and Pardeza “La Quinta del Buitre”. He won with the white shirt 6 leagues, 2 UEFA cups, 2 Spanish Cups and 2 Spanish Super Cups.
Hugo Sánchez (1985-1991): The Mexican is considered the best player of the CONCACAF in the 20th century. Hugo Sánchez was awarded with the top scorer trophy in five times during the 80’s decade. In the season 1989-1990 he scored an amount of 38 goals (first touch). We will remember him because of his great ability doing bicycle shots. In total he added 208 goals in 7 season with Real Madrid.
Ronaldo Luiz Nazário de Lima (2002-2006): He signed for Real Madrid from Inter Milán. Despite his brilliant performance with Barcelona and Inter, many Real Madrid supporters doubted that the Brazilian star could return to his level after several important injuries, and Ronaldo didn’t disappoint. He was a very good striker who had amazing skills scoring 104 goals in the five seasons he played at Madrid. Nowadays many young people say that he has been the best striker they have ever seen.
Raúl González Blanco (1994-2010): His first match with Real Madrid was with 17 years old with Valdarno on the bench in 1994. He is possibly one of the best Spanish players in history. A player with quality, delivery, leadership and a great soccer. He has scored 323 goals with Real Madrid being a legend in the capital. He didn’t’ finish his career at Santiago Bernabéu despite his great performances during all his career.In his 21 season in Madrid he won six leagues, three Champions League, two FIFA Club World Cups, one European Super Cup and four Spanish Super Cup.
Predrag Mijatovic (1996-1999): He signed with Real Madrid from Valencia in 1996. He was a very complete striker with great quality, speed and very intensive. He scored a very important goal in Real Madrid’s history in the Champions League final against Juventus that gave Los Blancos their 7th European trophy. During three seasons he scored 24 goals but all of them very important.
Ruud Van Nistelrooy (2006-2019): After succeeding at PSV and Manchester United, Van Nistelrooy signed with Real Madrid with 30 years and some important injuries. A lot of people had several doubts of his performance but in the second game he played with Los Blancos he scored a hat trick and two months later he scored four goals to Osasuna. He won two consecutive leagues with Los Blancos and after scoring 14 goals in 14 games he beat Hugo Sánchez record of seven consecutive games scoring. He was the striker every team wanted in their squad.
Cristiano Ronaldo (2009-…) : He signed from Manchester United for an amount of €94M. He is Real Madrid’s top scorer in the history with 392 goals in his career. The Portuguese striker is the current leader of the team and since his signing with Real Madrid he has grown as a player and as a professional. This will be the eighth season of Cristiano at Madrid and he has won nine titles so far, 2 Champions Leagues, 1 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 2 European Supercups, 1 Spain Super Cup, and a FIFA Club World Cup.