Real Madrid’s recruitment drive of the early 2000s saw the Spanish giants break the bank in search of silverware, their Galactico transfer policy bringing some of the most famous faces in the game to the Bernabeu.
In the four seasons following the turn of the millennium, Los Blancos twice broke the world transfer record and signed no fewer than four Ballon d’Or winners, names such as Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo Nazario amongst those to adorn the club’s famed all-white colours.
In truth, the transfer policy failed to deliver the success first hoped, but there was no shortage of magical moments from a stellar cast of talent throughout an unforgettable period in the Spanish capital.
Possessing an assortment of players capable of winning games almost singlehandedly, when it clicked it really clicked for Real Madrid’s superstar side.
Amid countless examples is this glorious goal against Real Valladolid from September 2003, with summer signing David Beckham providing an exquisite assist.
An incredible cross-field delivery from Beckham finds the onrushing and often untouchable Zidane, who lashes home a volley without breaking stride.