Steven Gerrard turned Real Madrid transfer down twice during Liverpool career
Steven Gerrard reportedly turned down a move to Real Madrid twice during his glittering career at Liverpool.
The former midfielder spent almost his entire career at Anfield, writing himself into the history books on the Red side of Merseyside.
Gerrard lifted the Champions League, two FA Cups and various other accolades during his time at Liverpool, though he never managed to win a Premier League title.
But the ex-England international could no doubt have enjoyed an even more trophy-laden career if he had gone ahead with a reported move to the Bernabeu.
Aside from a brief spell with LA Galaxy in the MLS and during his 114 England caps, many will only really remember Gerrard in the famous red of Liverpool.
But he could have been wearing the famous white of Real Madrid every week, according to reports in Spain.
AS (via Sport Witness) claim that the now-Rangers manager rebuffed the interested of Los Blancos in 2005 and 2009.
It’s thought that Gerrard was tempted by the blinding lights of the Spanish capital, but a move never came to fruition
AS write that Liverpool’s hefty demands put Real off a move in 2005, with £38m, as well as Ruben de la Red, Alvaro Arbeloa and Javi Garcia, considered to be too much.
Gerrard’s Rangers side recorded a mightily impressive 2-1 win over Real Madrid in a pre-season friendly on Sunday, just 24 hours after holding Brighton to a goalless draw.
And as the Gers gear up to defend their Scottish Premiership title this season, Gerrard admitted that he had a lot to think about before the curtain-raising clash with Livingston on Saturday.
“First and foremost, we deserved the win and we have been excellent over the whole weekend,” he said.
“It was two different teams for obvious reasons, but every single person over the course of the two 90 minutes has been excellent and they have given me a lot to think about in the two days in terms of picking teams for real next week.
“That is the problem I wanted — to challenge the team today and could they build on Saturday’s performance, and to be fair, they have backed it up.
“It shows the quality and the strength in depth we have got around the dressing room, so I am really happy and content, but at the same time it is important we stay calm.”