Argentine and Olympiacos midfielder Esteban Cambiasso said he didn’t fit at Real Madrid since he was not a galactico, but insist he did enjoy his time in the Spanish capital.
Cambiasso moved to Madrid as a 15-year-old in 1996 and later come back to the club to win LaLiga, the UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and Supercopa de Espana, before leaving for Inter in 2004.
The 36-year-old – now playing for Olympiacos – recalls his time at Madrid affectionately but felt he didn’t fit in among any semblance of Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, David Beckham and Luis Figo.
“Already in the first team, the politics of the moment meant that most of the side were made up of academy players and galacticos, and I wasn’t either of those,” Cambiasso told Marca.
“But it was not bad at all, it was a beautiful experience in fact.”
Cambiasso continued: “There was no continuity for my characteristics, and I drew more attention being absent from the starting line-up than being present.
“I understood clearly why I was going: I wasn’t part of the sporting and economic model,” Cambiasso added.
“It was unsustainable to have 6-7 of the best paid players in the world and some had to leave. My first five months in Madrid were perfect.”