With a dream first season at his boyhood club, Dani Carvajal became one of the first names in the starting lineups and was pretty much untouchable. The Real Madrid right-back was doing just fine but cometh the arrival of Zinedine Zidane, his abilities exploded.
Just when the Merengues needed a modern full-back, a 21-year-old Dani Carvajal came back to Madrid from Leverkusen just after a year with them, costing Real Madrid only €1.5 million extra, becoming the second choice after Alvaro Arbeloa on the right flank, also lining up alongside Sergio Ramos, Pepe and Marcelo.
The backline was the start of something really special for Los Blancos, with a talented 20-year old Varane alongside Carvajal himself. In 2012, Carvajal failed to break through the first team under Mourinho, but with his return to the Bernabèu in 2013, the Spanish national only had first-team football on his mind and did not take long to impress new Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.
With 45 appearances in all competitions for the club, Dani Carvajal made a name for himself in his debut season in the top flight. The Spaniard found his feet as soon as he arrived in Madrid. Within just 10 months of his arrival, the Castilla graduate already had not one but two major titles under his belt, the Copa Del Rey and La Dècima.
Madrid’s no 2 is one of the names in the squad for arguably the best Real Madrid starting XI in the club’s history. With that glorious three-peat leading to four Champions League titles in five years, two La-Liga titles, one Copa Del Rey, two Spanish Supercups, three UEFA Supercups and four Club World Cups, Carvajal has won a total of staggering 16 trophies throughout seven seasons with Real Madrid adding further proof to the fact that Carvajal is undoubtedly one of the best full-backs in the world and a Madrid Legend.
Keeping an average rating of 7.1/10 in his last four seasons for Los Blancos, the Spaniard is an immovable object on the team. With his style of play and all the aggressive tackles, he is almost solid as a rock when it comes to physical strength.
It’s a tough debate when it comes to naming the top right-backs of all time, but Dani Carvajal is up there with the greats. While many adore and root for Carvajal and his Madridismo, some might sail for the other end. It’s no surprise that a player’s performance is solely based on his form and sometimes players struggle with it. But when it comes to the Spaniard he has a way of silencing his critics and he knows how to do it.
While comparing Carvajal to the best right-backs in the world at the moment, no one comes close considering his form and performance over the years. He is a living Madrid Legend, were on the other hand playing world-class football has been pretty much routine for the Spaniards.