Laurie Cunningham (1979-83)
When he joined Real Madrid from West Brom, Cunningham created history by becoming the first British footballer in the club's history. In his first season at the Bernabeu, he helped them to a league and cup double but his stellar performances were not deemed enough to earn him a call-up to England squad for the European Championships in 1980. After this disappointment, his career at Madrid was hampered by a number of injuries and in the summer of 1983, after a short loan spell at Manchester United, he joined fellow Spanish side Sporting Gijon on loan before leaving permanently for Marseille.
Steve McManaman (1999-2003)
After making over 300 appearances for Liverpool, McManaman opted to make the switch to Real in the summer of 1999. During his time at the Spanish club he became one of the most decorated English footballers to play abroad as he won two Champions League titles and two La Liga crowns over four years. The creative midfielder was named man of the match after scoring a superb volley in the European final against Valencia in 2000 but playing for the club during the 'Galacticos' era ultimately proved to be his downfall as the arrival of Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo saw him slip down the pecking order. In 2003, shortly after David Beckham joined the club, McManaman joined up with former England manager Kevin Keegan at Manchester City.
David Beckham (2003-07)
Beckham made the move to Spain after his relationship with his former manager at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, infamously deteriorated during the 2002-03 season. In his first season there, he flourished in a three-man midfield alongside Zidane and Figo. Nevertheless, despite winning the Spanish Supercup, more success did not follow and once Fabio Capello took charge in 2006, he fell out of favour at the club. However, he did win a place back in the first team and went on to became a part of the side that won La Liga that year. When the season finished, Madrid decided not to renew Beckham's contract and from there he moved to the Los Angeles Galaxy, a landmark signing for Major League Soccer
Michael Owen (2004-05)
Following Gerard Houllier's sacking from Liverpool in 2004, speculation emerged about Owen's long-term future at the club. Despite finishing fourth the previous season, which meant the Reds met the striker's expectations of Champions League football, he joined Real Madrid for £8million. Owen scored 18 goals in 41 games but 26 of those appearances were as a substitute and his time at the Bernabeu would come to and end after only one year though as Owen often found himself on the bench and when Robinho and Julio Baptista joined the club in the summer of 2005 he moved on to Newcastle United.
Jonathan Woodgate (2004-07)
Despite the defender being injured at the time, Real Madrid stumped up £13.4million to bring Woodgate to the Bernabeu. This move came as a surprise to most due to the centre-back's injury concerns and he did not make an appearance in his first season. When he did make his debut against Athletic Bilbao in 2005, he scored an own goal and was later sent off for two bookable offences. Eventually, he made himself a first-team regular after finding form at the Spanish club. However, further injury setbacks caused him to lose his place in the side and at the end of the season he moved to his hometown club Middlesbrough.