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Top 10 Real Madrid players of all time - #9

Sports Mole's countdown of the top 10 Real Madrid players of all time continues with number nine - Emilio Butragueno.

Emilio Butrageuno (1984-1995)

Emilio Butragueno playing for Real Madrid© Reuters

Nicknamed 'The Vulture', Emilio Butragueno was every bit as important to Real Madrid's success in the 1980s and 1990s as the goalscorer extraordinaire Hugo Sanchez.

Madrid had failed to win the league title in five years when Butragueno was promoted to the senior team, but he helped restore the club to their former glories and between 1985 and 1990 Los Blancos won five successive La Liga crowns.

Butragueno was still at the club when they won their next title in 1994-95 - albeit in a limited role following the emergence of a teenage Raul - and he also won two Copas del Rey and two successive UEFA Cups during his time at the Bernabeu.

The attacker was third in the voting for the Ballon d'Or in 1986 and 1987 and scooped the Pichichi trophy in 1990-91, eventually leaving the club having scored 165 goals in 454 appearances.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona20135253203344
2Atletico MadridAtletico20118130131741
3Real Madrid2011363024636
4Sevilla209653122933
5AlavesAlaves209562223-132
6Getafe208752516931
7Real Betis208572525029
8Valencia2051141918126
9Real Sociedad207582524126
10Levante207583235-326
11GironaGirona205962326-324
12Espanyol197392127-624
13Leganes205871721-423
14Athletic Bilbao2041152126-523
15Real Valladolid205781723-622
16EibarEibar195772128-722
17Celta Vigo205693234-221
18Rayo Vallecano2055102436-1220
19Villarreal203982126-518
20Huesca2025131739-2211

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