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7 Most Popular Real Madrid ‘Galacticos’

In the illustrious and celebrated history of Real Madrid, the term ‘Galácticos’ has become synonymous with superstar players who embody the club’s ethos of excellence, flair, success… and money.

What is the ‘Galacticos’ Project?

Oh gosh, how much time do you have?

Let’s explain this in very simple terms.

Have you ever played Football Manager after discovering the Editor function? And have you then proceeded to add all the best players in the world into one team and managed them?

Of course you have. I did. We all did!

Well, that’s essentially what Florentino Perez promised to do when vying for the presidency of Real Madrid in the early 2000’s. He then proceeded to buy a number of names (with little regard to tactical balance or the club’s academic development) that he felt fit that mould. In that sense, he did so very successfully, but then stepped down when he realised that football is about more than just buying the best players and hoping that they gel.

From legendary goal-scorers to midfield maestros and defensive stalwarts, the Galácticos of Real Madrid had us all dreaming, and Perez miraculously returned for a 2nd term a few years after leaving to do that same thing – but in a more considered manner.

So, let’s delve into the world of football memorabilia (which is why we’re all here, right?) as we explore the seven most collectible Galácticos of Real Madrid from both of these terms.

Cristiano Ronaldo

There’s only one place we need to start, really.

Arguably the greatest footballer of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo’s tenure at Real Madrid saw him rewrite the record books and etch his name in footballing folklore.

As the club’s all-time leading goal-scorer, Ronaldo’s collectibles (obviously) hold immense value for fans and collectors alike, with jerseys and match-worn boots commanding premium prices in the memorabilia market. Anything signed will be like gold dust by the time the great Portuguese retires.

For a full-length feature on the best Cristiano Ronaldo cards to collect, read our article here.

A word on his namesake, ‘R9’ here too by the way – as he has his own feature here too!

Zinedine Zidane

It’s hard to think that Zidane was only at Real Madrid for 5 years, but while there, he practically spearheaded the Galacticos empire during Florentino Perez’ first time.

Renowned for his elegance, vision, and match-winning prowess, Zinedine Zidane’s time at Real Madrid saw him elevate the club to unprecedented heights. Even if the club didn’t.

As a three-time FIFA World Player of the Year and the architect of Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League triumphs, Zidane’s collectibles are prized possessions for fans seeking to own a piece of footballing history.

Unless it’s anything to do with the 2006 World Cup… which we’ll leave for now!

Raúl González

“But Raul wasn’t bought in as an official ‘Galactico'” – yes, thank you for that!

But he has just as much a reason to be considered on this list as any of the rest.

A true emblem of loyalty and longevity, Raúl González’s illustrious career at Real Madrid spanned over 16 years, during which he became the club’s all-time leading goal-scorer. As a symbol of Real Madrid’s rich heritage and values, Raúl’s collectibles evoke nostalgia and reverence among fans who witnessed his remarkable journey from academy prodigy to club legend.

Note: A player that shows love to their club is always going to be loved by fans. Which, in turn, usually tends to take the value of their mementos on an upward trajectory.

Iker Casillas

Oh, he deserved so much better when he left the club – and I think most Madridistas agree!

Despite not being an actual word, if we were to define what a player needs to be in order to fall under the ‘Galacticos’ umbrella, they would usually be players that kids look up to and want to wear on the back of their shirts. Because that means Perez benefits once their parents relent and buy them one.

As a stalwart between the posts for nearly 20 years, Casillas’s collectibles hold sentimental value for fans who fondly remember his heroics in goal and his unwavering commitment to the club’s success.

Arguably one of the most collectible goalkeepers in football history when you include his international triumphs in your thoughts; of which there are plenty to remember!

Roberto Carlos

A man who probably walks into most fans’ all-time XI’s regardless of who you support, Roberto Carlos is one of the most widely-adored and revered Galacticos in the history of the word!

Known for his thunderous free-kicks and marauding runs down the left flank, he’s gone on to define pretty much everything we want in a modern full-back. Which is even more hilarious when you find out that this had a lot to do with then-Inter Milan manager Roy Hodgson. Yep, it’s true!

As a key member of the Galácticos era, Carlos’s collectibles capture the essence of his explosive playing style and enduring legacy as one of the greatest full-backs in football history.

Luis Figo

The man who really defined just how divisive this Galacticos project was.

A documentary came out not long ago about this single transfer on Netflix and it served as a big focus for the very first article here on Hobby FC. And like I said then, I suggest you watch it!

This move marked a seismic shift in the footballing landscape and solidified his status as an icon (famously and infamously). As a mercurial playmaker with a penchant for flair and creativity, Figo’s collectibles are highly coveted by fans who admire his skill on the pitch. Not Catalans, though!

David Beckham

It wouldn’t be a true Galacticos chat, without discussing David Beckham.

We’ve spoken about the iconic Englishman a lot on Hobby FC so far, purely because there is so much to talk about through what is a properly storied and celebrated football career. In all facets.

But as we discovered in his brilliant documentary, joining the Galacticos project was almost a way of proving to the world that he was, officially, the game’s biggest, global superstar.

To some extent, though the empire did eventually fall with not nearly as much of a return as expected, David Beckham is one that can hold his head high and say he went on until he couldn’t anymore. And his appeal hasn’t subsided on a non-football scale, so the value for his stuff is only going one day.


In the world of football collectibles, the Galácticos of Real Madrid hold a special place of reverence and admiration in our hearts.

As symbols of excellence, talent, and success, their memorabilia not only encapsulates the magic of the beautiful game but also provides fans with a tangible connection to their footballing heroes and the storied history of Real Madrid. Of which there are obviously many away from this term.

But will they ever be as iconic as they? Who knows…

Which of these Real Madrid Galacticos do you personally collect?