Barcelona, SPAIN: Barcelona's Mexican defender Rafael Marquez gestures during the first leg of a last 16 Champions League football match against Liverpool at the Camp Nou stadium in Madrid, 21 February 2007.  AFP PHOTO/PIERRE PHILIPE MARCOU (Photo credit should read PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Bernabeu Dream: 5 Players who Couldn't Fulfill Their Dream of Playing for Real Madrid

Eden Hazard, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe probably are three of the most sought-after players in the world. The common denominator? Real Madrid. All three have been expressed their desire to wear the famous white shirt of Real Madrid one day, claiming it to be their "childhood dream" 

While all the players we mentioned above still have the opportunity to realise their dream, many other stars from the world of football have had to settle for other clubs. 

Here are five such superstars who failed to fulfil their dream of donning the royal white: 

Quotes: Marca 

5. Juninho Pernambucano

Widely considered to be the greatest free kick-takers of all-time, Juninho Pernambucano, once dreamt of representing the most successful team in European football. 

In 2005, Juninho revealed his "dream" to Marca, saying: "I always dreamt about playing for Real Madrid, I won't deny it. I was 20, I visited the Bernabeu and that made me want to play there." 

4. David Trezeguet

David Trezeguet, one of the most revered French strikers in history, also wanted to play for Real Madrid. After setting the Ligue 1 on fire with Monaco, he initially hoped for a move to a Madrid. However, Juventus swooped in to snatch the player, but even after five years, Trezeguet couldn't get over his wish to play for Los Blancos. 

"Everyone dreams about wearing the Galacticos shirt," Trezegued told Marca in 2005. 

3. Lilian Thuram

Hailed as one of the best defenders in history, Lilian Thuram, too, dreamt of representing the Whites. Thuram played at the top flight in France, Italy and Spain for over 15 seasons and is France's most capped player with 142 appearances between 1994 and 2008.

Talking about the club he loves, Thuram said: "Say in MARCA that I love Real Madrid."

2. Robert Pires

An essential part of Arsenal's 'Golden Generation,' Robert Pires wanted to sign for Real Madrid  in 2000. Following his successful stint with Marseille, Pires hoped to become Madrid's newest Galactico, but lack of interest from the club pushed him to Arsenal where he went on to win two FA Cups and two Premier League titles. 

Talking to Marca in 2000, he said: "My dream has always been to one day play for Real Madrid and now I want to make that a reality."

1. Rafael Marquez

Regarded as one of the best Mexican players of all time, Rafael Marquez wanted to become a part of Real Madrid's iconic roster. But once again, lack of intent from Spain's capital club dampened Marquez's hopes. In 2003, the Mexican ended up signing for Madrid's bitterest rivals, Barcelona, and went on to make 240 appearances between 2003 and 2010.

Speaking to Marca in 2002, he said: "It's a dream to play for Madrid, everyone wants to play there."