Who Will Be the Next British Galáctico? 7 Players With the Potential to Join Real Madrid

In 1979, West Bromwich Albion winger Laurie Cunningham became the first British player to sign for Real Madrid. Cunningham won La Liga twice in his three seasons at the Bernabéu. 20 years later, Steve McManaman became the second British player to join Real, winning both La Liga and the Champions League twice. In 2003, David Beckham made news headlines around the world with his move to Los Merengues. This step in Beckham's illustrious career paved the way for other British players to follow...

Demarai Gray - Leicester City

The Leicester City starlet shone in England's impressive 2017 U21s European Championship showing earlier in the summer, making a name for himself as one of the most exciting young prodigies in the country.

Gray is still very much a raw talent, but has all the right attributes to make him a potential future candidate to join Real. Combining lightning pace with demon dribbling, Gray could easily rise to the standards demanded by Los Blancos in the future.

Jordan Pickford - Everton

A bright spark in an otherwise dismal season for Sunderland last year, Jordan Pickford has emerged as a fantastic English goalkeeping prospect.

Everton acted quickly when the summer transfer window opened, making £30m Pickford the most expensive British goalkeeper in history. Blessed with superb reflexes and acrobatic abilities in the air, Pickford certainly seems to be the real deal.

The 23-year-old isn't ready for the Bernabéu yet, but a few solid seasons with Everton and the best teams in the world will come calling.

Oliver Burke - RB Leipzig

The emerging talent of Scottish 20-year-old has gone unnoticed by many football pundits. Signed from Nottingham Forrest by the Bavarian-bothering RB Leipzig in 2016, Burke became the most expensive Scottish player in history; costing £13 million.

Burke is similar to Gareth Bale in terms of his fearless running down the wing, cutting inside to great effect. He is blessed with pace as well as strength, capable of intelligent hold-up play.

The tenacious winger's talents will only improve with the further experience of the Bundesliga and the Champions League.

Danny Rose - Tottenham Hotspur

Following his public outburst over the relatively low wage (a mere £60k p/w, the poor soul) he is currently earning at Spurs, Danny Rose could well be angling for a move to a bigger club in the next couple of years.

One of England's most consistent defenders, the 27-year-old is now in his prime. The pacy wing-back would be an ideal successor to Marcelo, and is more than capable of making the step-up to Real Madrid's level.

Marcus Rashford - Manchester United

Tenacious, hungry and fearless, 19-year-old Marcus Rashford has exploded onto the scene of English football.

Due to more experienced options leading the line, Rashford has often been pushed into a wider role, and hasn't been able to develop as a striker as quickly as he may have hoped.  

If Rashford is allowed to develop at Old Trafford, honing his existing skills and gaining experience, he could be an ideal signing for Real Madrid in a few years time.

Aaron Ramsey - Arsenal

Anyone who witnessed the Euro 2016 performances of Aaron Ramsey for Wales would struggle to argue that, on his day, the midfielder isn't a world class player.

The Welshman has struggled with fitness following a horrific leg break suffered against Stoke City in 2010. In the 2013-2014 season, Ramsey rallied against his injury problems, scoring 10 goals and making 8 assists in 23 league games. 

If he can stay fit for a whole season, Ramsey could be an ideal replacement for Croatian playmaker Luca Modrić.

Dele Alli - Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs' Dele Alli truly is a player with the world at his feet. Joining from his boyhood club Milton Keynes in 2015, Alli won the PFA Young Player of the Year award in his first season with the north London side.

Alli is now one of the first names on the England team sheet, and excelled for his club last season, scoring 18 league goals from midfield.

A natural number ten, blessed with pace, creativity and finishing ability, the young midfielder is clearly destined for a long and successful footballing career.

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