The Best Players Ever to Wear Each Shirt Number at Real Madrid

One thing that Real Madrid have never lacked is star power. 

Throughout the club’s history, the world’s best players have always played for Los Merengues. They’ll spend whatever to bring the best to the Spanish capital. 

Right-wing dictator General Franco helped fund the blockbuster transfer of Alfredo Di Stéfano from Millionarios in 1953. 

Harry Gregg,Alfredo Di Stefano

Fast-forward to the early noughties and Florentino Pérez’s Galáctico policy emptied the coffers for the best talent around Europe. 

Even last summer was no different; Real spent a cool €300m to bring in Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Eder Militao among an assortment of others.

With all these incredible signings, it means that if you’re a Real Madrid fan, you live a pretty rarefied existence. 

It also means that this eleven of the best players ever to wear each shirt number is probably an unbeatable team.


1. Iker Casillas

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?Six-time ?La Liga winner, three-time ?Champions League winner, more than 500 appearances for the club. The number one shirt is in no doubt. 

The chiselled Madridista dons the gloves in this XI,and it’s no competition. Casillas joined the club at eleven, became captain and led ?Real to win a load of silverware.

It’s just sad that the club that he called home got rid of the man so callously. 

There, there Iker, you’re always welcome in this fantasy XI. 


2. Chendo

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In choosing Chendo to take the number two shirt, it’s choosing another academy product to show that Madrid aren’t always about flashing the cash.

Miguel Porlán or ‘Chendo’ started and finished his glittering career at Real Madrid. The one-club man racked up more 400 appearances and captained the club to numerous successes. 

Not content there, Chendo wanted the storybook ending so finished his career as a part of the Champions League-winning side that beat ?Juventus on penalties.

A fitting end for a top-quality operator.


3. Roberto Carlos

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?Owner of the muscliest legs in world football for more than 20 years, Roberto Carlos changed the game. 

Inexplicably sold by ?Inter after only one brilliant season in Italy, Real Madrid only had to pay £5m for the Brazilian’s services.

Carlos’ rampaging down the flank reimagined what full-backs could do in modern football and, armed with his cannon of a left peg, Roberto set the realms of possibility of what defenders were capable of attacking-wise. 

Four league titles, three ?Champions Leagues and an assortment of other medals made his Los Blancos career pretty special. 


4. Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos

Although he’s the biggest villain in world football right now, ?Sergio Ramos should be protected at all costs. It’s characters like Ramos that make football such a compelling game, even if the Madrid captain plays loose and fast with the rules. 

Not everyone can or should be good guys. 

Concussing goalkeepers, purposely getting yellow cards and dislocating shoulders is child’s play to the Spaniard. His record-breaking 26 red cards should be applauded for its absurdity and is likely to never be broken. 

The fact that he’s a serial winner that’s been at the top of the game for 16 years only adds deliciously to his overall image. 

We’re unsure if even his mother likes him, but by God, we know she respects him.


5. Zinedine Zidane

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Zinedine Zidane was so good that people thought nothing of him taking a defender’s number; he made it cool for a midfielder to wear the number five. 

Zidane was the most aesthetically pleasing footballer – the Frenchman’s touch and skill were prodigious. While his Galácticos side might have underachieved in terms of trophies, Zidane wasn’t to blame. 

His 30-yard volley against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League final in Glasgow was a seminal moment for football fans everywhere.

The best player of his generation isn’t left out of any side, and we’re not about to start.


6. Fernando Redondo

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?While potentially a contentious selection, people are quick to forget what a crucial player Fernando Redondo was to the Madrid side of the late 90s. 

His play, most notably alongside Steve McManaman, led Real to Champions League glory in 1998 and 2000. His performances were so good that during the success of 2000, Redondo won the competition’s Most Valuable Player award.

It was that year that Redondo famously left Henning Berg all ends up at Old Trafford, with a delicious backheel before putting it on a plate for Raul to finish. After the game, Sir Alex questioned what wizardry Redondo had just done.

“What does this player have in his boots? A magnet?” Fair question.


7. Cristiano Ronaldo

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?When Cristiano signed for Real Madrid for the eye-watering figure of £80m, even the most loyal fans must have been unsure whether the Portuguese striker could repay the fee. 

I think we can now safely say that Ronaldo well outdid even the wildest of expectations for the player. Two league titles, two Copa del Reys and four Champions League titles. Oh, and 451 goals as well.

Cristiano became Madrid’s top goalscorer in 2015 and now outranks Raul’s previous mark by a whopping 128 goals. 


8. Toni Kroos

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The metronomic German midfielder only cost Real Madrid €30m and has been an integral member of multiple successful sides since. 

It was a tough decision for the vaunted number eight shirt between ?Kroos and 80s dynamo, Míchel. Míchel won an absolute boatload of trophies but the verve and panache that the 30-year-old has shown at the Santiago Bernábeu are different gravy.

Míchel might have been a serial winner, but it’s fair to say that he didn’t face the type of competition that La Liga has now. 


Kroos is the man for the biggest occasion, he brings tempo and technical skill to his role.


9. Alfredo Di Stéfano

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The club’s first global superstar, Alfredo Di Stéfano helped establish the club’s most successful period, winning eight league titles and five European Cups in eleven years. 

Whenever there’s a list of the ‘world’s best players’, the Argentinian is always near the top. Pelé, who knows a thing or two about football, called Di Stéfano the best Argentinian player ‘ever’ in 2009. 

The striker scored in five consecutive European finals, including a hat-trick in the last one. The list of achievements and the testimonials by contemporaries are endless.

A simple choice – he’s a footballing legend.


10. Ferenc Puskás

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?The greatest Hungarian footballer ever, Puskás made a formidable partnership alongside Di Stéfano. One of the most prolific strikers ever, Puskás eventually moved to Madrid after scoring 358 times for Budapest Honvéd in 1958.

He joined the club at 31, perhaps not as trim as he once was, but that didn’t stop the Hungarian. In his first La Liga season, Puskás notched four hat-tricks as Real Madrid stormed the league. 

His trophy collection is as ridiculous as his scoring rate, five league titles and three European Cups. 


11. Francisco Gento

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There might be some surprise that a certain Brazilian striker isn’t in our final spot, but in terms of their Real Madrid careers, there are few comparisons to Francisco Gento. 

The most successful player in Real Madrid history, Gento won 23 major honours in an 18-year career that included more than 400 appearances. 

Ronaldo’s best club moments happened in either an Inter shirt or worse still, a Barcelona shirt. Gento is the most decorated players in Los Merengues’ history, so there’s no debate really.


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Harry Kane Refuses to Rule Out Spurs Exit if Team is Not Making Progress

Harry Kane has left the door open to a Tottenham departure one day, saying whether he stays or goes will depend on how the team is progressing. 

Kane has been infrequently linked with a move away from north London, but while rumours were previously unconvincing, things have taken a turn towards the realistic over the past month or so. 90min understands that Manchester City have ?established their interest in his signature, while city rivals United remain invariably in the frame. 

There has also been talk of a (more unlikely) move to ?Juventus, and when asked whether he could see himself staying at the club for the remainder of his career, the prolific striker positioned himself firmly on the fence – while giving us a pretty strong hint that his future could lie elsewhere. 


“It’s one of those things, I couldn’t say yes, I couldn’t say no,” he said, via ?Sky Sports. “I love ?Spurs, I’ll always love Spurs. But it’s one of those things – I’ve always said if I don’t feel we’re progressing as a team or going in the right direction, then I’m not someone to just stay there for the sake of it..

“I’m an ambitious player, I want to improve, I want to get better, I want to become one of the top, top players.

“It all depends on what happens as a team and how we progress as a team. So it’s not a definite I’m going to stay there forever – but it’s not a no either.”

It’s been an up and down few months for Tottenham since Mourinho took over, and they were spiralling into crisis when football was put on hold. The early part of March alone saw them exit the FA Cup to Norwich and the Champions League to RB Leipzig while one point from their last three league games has left them eighth in the ?Premier League table. 

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Kane, however, believes the Portuguese boss can turn it round in 2020/21 – which will be his first full season in charge. 

“We’ve been saying that for a couple of years now, we have got a fantastic team but for one reason or another we haven’t been able to get the trophies that, when you look from the outside, we’ve got the team to get,” he went on. 

“It’s a hard thing to take as a player. I want to win at everything I do so when we’re coming close and you don’t quite get there it’s hard to take and starts to build up. 

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“But from my point of view, and the team’s point of view, all you can do is do everything you can, give your best to win every game, to win trophies. For one reason or another, we haven’t quite got there yet.

“Next year, the gaffer now, it’ll be his first chance to really have a pre-season with the team and embed his values into the team and we’ll see what happens. Of course, I want to win, I want to win team trophies, I want to be doing it sooner rather than later. So we will have to see how it goes.”

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The Best Players Ever to Wear Each Shirt Number at Juventus

Squad numbers are a funny old thing, aren’t they? 

The number on your back used to be heavily linked with the position you played – but even that specific order differs depending on your upbringing and nationality. 

Nowadays, a footballer’s squad number becomes engrained into his identity. Cristiano Ronaldo became CR7, Brazilian Ronaldo was the original R9, and Ricardo Fuller was Stoke City’s RF10. Football icons. 

But no matter how creative our stars have become with their personalised digits, each number has been worn by an absolute legend of the game. And ?Juventus are no exception. 

Some of the world’s greatest players have stepped onto the Turin turf over the course of history, and so we at 90min have decided to take a look at the very best to have graced each shirt (from 1-11). 

Sorry Andrea Pirlo, 21 just isn’t the number we’re looking for. 


1. Gianluigi Buffon 

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A living club legend. Gianluigi Buffon has experienced title-winning highs and Calciopoli lows over his many playing years, but the big goalkeeper has stood by Juventus’ side through it all. The sensational shot-stopper has spent the majority of his career with the Old Lady, and he has won just about every trophy on offer – except the Champions League, of course. 

Now very much into the last knockings of his career, Buffon has cemented his place in Bianconeri history, and he hopes to have one last crack at European glory. A brilliant servant of the game. 


2. Ciro Ferrara 

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Having lifted the Serie A title twice with his hometown club Napoli, Ciro Ferrara moved to Juventus in 1994 and spent 12 glorious years in Turin. Ferrara proved to be one of the best centre-backs of his generation, and he kept his place in the Juve side for more than a decade. 

The Italy international went on to win five Serie A titles with Juventus, and he helped guide them to their only Champions League glory in 1996. A powerful, commanding figure, Ferrara will go down as a Bianconeri hero. 


3. Giorgio Chiellini 

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Another legend still in the making. Giorgio Chiellini initially flourished as a left-back, but injuries in the Juventus squad meant he was shifted to the centre of defence – and what a happy accident that turned out to be! 

Chiellini has been a key figure in this modern day Juve side, which has won an incredible eight successive Scudetti. His demanding and committed persona earned him club captaincy in 2018 – about time, too. An absolute rock. 


4. Giuseppe Furino 


Giuseppe Furino was not an opponent you would fancy coming up against. Although he stood only 5’5 tall, Furia (Fury) as he was nicknamed, was as aggressive and destructive as they come. 

Furino sat deep in the Juve midfield, breaking up play and crunching opponents with incredibly tough tackles, but he also knew how to play, and was an instrumental part of his successful side. I Bianconeri lifted eight Serie A titles with Beppe in the team. Not bad, eh. 


5. Fabio Cannavaro 

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Okay, so Fabio Cannavaro didn’t have his best spell at the club while wearing the number five, but he did pull it on for a season, at least. The Italian defender enjoyed his best years with Juventus in the number 28, and it was while he was in Turin that he won the World Cup 2006 with his nation, and subsequently claimed the Ballon d’Or. 

Without doubt, he was the best defender – and the best player – on the planet in that short spell, and it’s almost enough to forgive him for heading to Real Madrid shortly after. I’m not sure many Juventus fans really agree, though. 


6. Gaetano Scirea 


One of the best defenders in football history. Without doubt. So good, that he kept Franco Baresi out of the Italian national team for four years. That good. Gaetano Scirea spent all but two years of his career with Juventus, and he went on to win every trophy on offer with I Bianconeri. 

A legend of the game, who suffered a tragic death when he was only 36. Taken far too early. 


7. ?Franco Causio


No, it’s not ?Cristiano Ronaldo. Sorry.

Franco Causio was one of the first Juventus players to adopt the number seven jersey, and he wore it with pride and style during his time in Turin. Causio played in a wide right position for I Bianconeri and Italy, and his nimble footwork and excellent crossing has earned him recognition as one of the country’s very best in this role. 

The winger lifted six Serie A titles during his time with Juventus – an incredible achievement. 


8. Claudio Marchisio

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If it were up to Claudio Marchisio and the Juventus supporters, he’d probably still be gliding around the Allianz stadium turf now. Marchisio was a majestic footballer?, and although his best years were ravaged by injury, he still proved to be one of the very best in the club’s history. 

The Italian playmaker could dictate the pace of a game with ease, and his ability to spray the ball around the pitch was a match for anybody else. It is a crying shame that he wasn’t able to see out his career at his boyhood club. 

The Prince of Turin. 


9. Giampiero Boniperti 

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Another proper Juventus ?legend. Giampiero Boniperti played his entire career at Juventus, where he bagged an absolute shed-load of goals. He began his playing days as a striker, but later moved back into a slightly deeper role to accommodate Omar Sivori and John Charles, and the trio created one of the deadliest strike forces in football history. 

Two-footed, and an excellent header of the ball, Boniperti could do just about anything you asked of him. And he did just that. The Italian spent his whole career filling in different positions and contributing equally as brilliantly for the team, whether it be out wide, in a deep-lying playmaker role or right up top. 

A manager’s dream. 


10. Alessandro Del Piero

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The greatest number 10 in Juventus’ history – and he faced some pretty stern competition, too. Roberto Baggio. Michel Platini. Paul Pogba. But none can compare to the genius of Alessandro Del Piero. 

The Italian international was so blessed with the ball at his feet. Elegance, pace, flair, an eye for goal. He had the lot. And it became quickly apparent, as the magician burst onto the scene, scoring a hatful of goals in the process. 

Del Piero went on to become the highest scorer in Juventus history with 290 goals. Say no more. 


11. Pavel Nedved

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This guy was an absolute superstar. That magical left boot, the mind-boggling ability, those bouncing, blonde locks. Pavel Nedved was an unbelievable player, and he wore the Juventus number 11 shirt with pride. 

Playing on the wing or in a more central, creative role, Nedved saw out the last eight years of his career in Turin, constantly putting on a show for the Juve faithful. He particularly shone in the early 2000’s, and his fantastic performances were repaid with the 2003 Ballon d’Or. 

Nedved missed out on the 2003 Champions League final due to suspension, and with the form he was in, Juve would surely have beaten Milan on that evening in Manchester. What might have been. Still, a cracking player.


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The 9 Euro ’96 Games You Should Definitely Re-Watch on ITV

There might not be any live football for us to watch, but ITV have come and saved the day by broadcasting the entirety of Euro 1996, which was undoubtedly one of the greatest European Championships of all time.

All 31 matches will be available to watch, but let’s be real, convincing your family to watch games like Bulgaria vs Romania isn’t going to be easy. If you’ve only got time to watch a few matches, there are some you cannot afford to miss out on.

Here are nine games from Euro ’96 you need to make sure you watch on ITV.


Italy 2-1 Russia (Group Stage)

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Euro ’96 was not a good time for Italy. They failed to make it out of the group stage, and their 2-1 win over Russia in their opening game was a good example of their struggles.

The Italians were the better side and deservedly took an early lead through Pierluigi Casiraghi, but Russia soon hit back through Ilya Tsymbalar and quickly had Italy on the ropes. For a sizeable chunk of the game, it looked like the underdogs were going to get something. However, Italy reasserted their dominance thanks to strong showings from Roberto Donadoni and Paolo Maldini, and Casiraghi’s second goal was enough to get the job done.

It was a back-and-forth game which had moments of quality and moments of madness, which all contributed to an enthralling affair.


Scotland 0-2 England (Group Stage)

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Meetings between rivals Scotland and England are usually entertaining, and the two sides’ clash at this tournament was no exception.

After an underwhelming 1-1 draw with Switzerland to kick off the tournament, England needed a moment of magic to really get things going, and they got a few of those in this one. Alan Shearer opened the scoring after the break, but the Three Lions needed to call on goalkeeper David Seaman to save a penalty and keep the dream alive.

Seaman did just that, and Paul Gascoigne went down the other end to net one of the goals of the tournament and celebrate with the infamous ‘Dentist’s Chair’. It was one of the most iconic moments in England history.


 Russia 0-3 Germany (Group Stage)

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Eventual champions Germany showed everyone that they meant business with an dominant 3-0 victory over Russia in their second group stage game.

?The two sides were well matched in the first half and both created plenty of chances, and Russia easily could have taken the lead and made a game of it, but the Germans woke up after the break. Matthias Sammer opened the scoring, before a double from the inspiring Jürgen Klinsmann finished things off.

Add into the mix a Russian red card, and you’ve got all the makings of a thoroughly entertaining game of football. 


Croatia 3-0 Denmark (Group Stage)

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Croatia were supposed to be one of the dark horses at Euro ’96, and you only needed to watch their 3-0 win over Denmark in the group stage to understand why.

The main reason for their success was former Sevilla and ?Real Madrid striker Davor Šuker, who pulled out perhaps the finest individual performance of the entire tournament here. The second half was all about him as he first scored a penalty and then set up Zvonimir Boban, but he saved the best for last.

After threatening to lob Peter Schmeichel from halfway, he bagged a late second with a delicious chip over the Dane to cap off one of the tournament’s stellar showings.


England 4-1 Netherlands (Group Stage)

Teddy Sheringham

Was this the single greatest performance in England history?

Against one of the top sides at the tournament, England ran riot and justified all the excitement around them. Doubles from Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham were deserved rewards for a dominant display, which was of free-flowing excitement from start to finish.

Even from a Dutch perspective, to see Patrick Kluivert and co. push for a late goal which would see them advance on goal difference was enthralling. Even at 4-0 down, the Netherlands had to go for it, and Kluivert’s goal was enough to steer them through to the knockouts.?


Russia 3-3 Czech Republic (Group Stage)

Karel Poborsky of the Czech Republic (left) challenges Igor Yanovski of Russia

On paper, this should have been rubbish. Russia weren’t good and this was the first appearance of the Czech Republic after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia – but the two sides put on an incredible show.

The Czechs raced to an early 2-0 lead under the Anfield lights, but they threw it away and allowed Russia to storm back to 3-2 with just minutes remaining. Both sides had been throwing everything at one another, but the fun wasn’t over yet.

A late moment of magic from Vladimír Šmicer saw the two sides share the spoils, capping off a game that was full of attacking endeavour, fantastic team play and the odd worldie.


Czech Republic 1-0 Portugal (Quarter-Final)

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Speaking of worldies, here we are at the worldie of the summer.?

Czech Republic’s quarter-final against Portugal wasn’t particularly great, but the 53rd minute was one of the best of the entire summer. Karel Poborský picked the ball up and burst through the Portuguese defence, before pulling out an outrageous scoop lob to net the decisive goal.

The closing stages were some of the best of the game following Radoslav Látal’s red card, but this game was all about Poborský.


England 1-1 Germany (Semi-Final)

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By the time England made it to the semi-final, the country had gone wild. Fans were constantly screaming and bouncing, and the optimism was about as high as it ever has been for the Three Lions.?

An early goal from Alan Shearer saw the excitement continue, but Stefan Kuntz levelled things up soon after. There were plenty of shots and magical moments, but the game ultimately went down to penalties. Unfortunately, England went full England and fluffed it.

Gareth Southgate’s decisive miss broke English hearts, but from a neutral perspective, it all added to the drama.


Czech Republic 1-2 Germany (Final)

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Czech Republic were the underdogs who had made it to the final. Germany were the powerhouses who were pushing for greatness. ?The story wrote itself.

So, when Patrik Berger gave the Czechs an unlikely lead shortly before the hour mark, the tension built even more. Could they actually do this? Well, no.

Oliver Bierhoff came off the bench to net an equaliser and send the game to extra time, and the towering striker was at it again to put away the golden goal and seal the trophy for Germany – the first time a tournament had ever been decided with a golden goal.


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Man Utd’s Stance on Aaron Ramsey & Paul Pogba Part-Exchange as Juventus ‘Make Latest Offer’

Another day, another exceedingly complicated Paul Pogba transfer rumour. 

This week alone we’ve had Juventus offering up ?£55m plus either Paulo Dybala or Miralem Pjanic, before another report claimed Manchester United could land Antoine Griezmann from Barcelona – but ?only if Pogba stays at Old Trafford. 

But if you still haven’t had your fill, fear not, we’ve got another apparent development to wrap your brain around, so strap yourself in for some wild, reckless transfer speculation to help guide you through these trying times. 

This time it’s claimed by the ?Transfer Window Podcast’s Ian McGarry that Juventus are once again offering up another player in a bid to keep the Pogba price tag down, but it’s not Pjanic or Dybala on the table this time around – it’s former Arsenal star ?Aaron Ramsey.

McGarry alleges that ?Juventus have proposed the idea, and though there’s no word on whether ?United are open to the offer, it’s said that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ‘keen’ on the Wales midfielder. 

?“This time they have offered Wales international Aaron Ramsey as a potential makeweight as part of any player plus cash deal,” McGarry said. 

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“It’s also my understanding that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on Ramsey, likes him very much, a player in his prime.”

United being linked with Ramsey is nothing new, of course. Cast your mind back as far as the 2018/19 season, when his contract was about to enter its final six months, the Red Devils were reported as ?one of many (many) clubs competing with his signature. 

United being interested, then, is hardly a stretch in itself, and neither is it crazy to suggest Juventus would be keen to offload him to recruit Pogba. Maurizio Sarri’s side have a wealth of high-earning midfielders, the aforementioned Pjanic joining Ramsey, Blaise Matuidi, Rodrigo Bentancur, Adrien Rabiot and Sami Khedira in the first team. 

One or more of those are likely to be moved on if indeed Pogba is brought back for a second spell, and although Ramsey has dramatically improved after a slow start – turning in a match-winning performance against Inter before the coronavirus-enforced break – he could still be deemed dispensable in the presence of Pogba.

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But while it’s far from the most irrational rumour you’ll read, there are a lot of moving parts. It’s unclear if Ramsey would want a move back to England just as his career in Turin is getting off the ground, while his salary demands – though likely a good deal less than the Frenchman’s – would take some consideration by United, especially given his injury track record. 

On top of all that, there is the price to consider. United are thought to be demanding a fee of around £100m in cash for Pogba’s services, and if the two sides vary over Ramsey’s value – which they are likely to, despite the fact Juve signed him for free last summer – then the cash value of the deal will require a good deal of negotiation. 

It’s not the most outlandish rumour you’ll hear, but let’s leave a pin in this one for now. 

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