Sven Goran Eriksson and Jose Mourinho were the managers when Leicester City played Real Madrid in a friendly back in 2011. Jose Mourinho managed to secure a 2-1 win in the only clash between the two clubs.
The match report is one to read, going back eight years, when this happened. Cristiano Ronaldo came on in the 2nd half in front of a full crowd, 32,188. Real Madrid were 2-0 up, goals from Callejon and Benzema, Lloyd Dyer netted for Leicester City close to the end as the game ended in a 2-1 win to the visitors.
Andy King and Kasper Schmeichel both played, and are still with Leicester City. Ramos and Benzema are still players at Real Madrid.
Looking at previous players who have both played for Real Madrid and Leicester City, you will of course not forget Esteban Cambiasso and Laurie Cunningham. Both players had great influence at Leicester City despite being at the club for a very short period.
Laurie Cunningham joined Real Madrid back in 1979, for a fee of £950,000. Two years on from his £100,000 move from Leyton Orient. Laurie struggled with injuries something that disrupted his England career, playing just six games for his country.
Despite his injuries, Real Madrid fans loved their talented winger, seen as one of Englands brightest prospects in his time. After just 44 league games and five years with Real Madrid he moved on and signed for Marseille.
Leicester City struggled in the league and were threatened by relegation as Gordon Milne made his move and secured Laurie’s services. He did well while at Filbert Street, but new injuries made it difficult to stay on and a move back to Spain after only half a season. Laurie played 15 league games and never scored, but his influence in escaping relegation was important. Tragically Laurie Cunningham died in a car accident just 33 year old.
When Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson, more than 30 years later, decided to bring Esteban Cambiasso to Leicester City for that first season back in the Premier League, he really made a shrewd signing that worked out well.
Esteban had previously in his career played for Real Madrid. The Argentinian made great impact at Leicester City and especially in that home game against Manchester United, winning 5-3, he showed what quality he possessed.
Cambiasso moved on to Olympiakos and paved way for N’Golo Kantè, so hopefully his short “adventure” in English football had it’s purpose. The fact that Leicester City never have fielded a Spanish or Brazilian player might be a reason why so few have been in both camps.
To see Ben Chilwell linked with Real Madrid as a possible transfer target this summer, might just be a lose rumor, but in a way shows that Leicester City are climbing in football and that players of the club can attract the major clubs in World football.