Retired Dutch national team midfielder Clarence Seedorf signed for Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid from Sampdoria in the Italian Serie A in 1996 and he was a regular for the most successful team on the European football stage for the first three seasons.

In his first season as a Real Madrid player, he helped the team regain the Spanish La Liga title from city rivals Atletico Madrid. Clarence Seedorf became a Champions League winner for the second time in his career during his second season at Real Madrid.

Seedorf became a Champions League winner for the first time at Ajax Amsterdam under the watchful eyes of Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal. He was part of the youthful team that won the Champions League in 1995 for the Dutch Eredivisie giants. At the end of the 1994/95 season, Ajax Amsterdam beat AC Milan 1-0 thanks to the late goal from Patrick Kluivert to win the 1995 Champions League final.

Clarence Seedorf played a big part for Real Madrid in his second season as they won the Champions League title by beating Italian Serie A outfit Juventus 1-0 in the final thanks to the goal from PedragMijatovic. As a Real Madrid player, Dutch midfielder Seedorf scored a world class strike from long range against city rivals Atletico Madrid in 1997.

Real Madrid and Juventus wanted to swap Seedorf and Zidane at the end of the 1998/99 season but the transfer didn’t see the light of the day. Zidane didn’t leave Juventus for Real Madrid until two years later with the Spanish team paying a then record fee for the French football icon.

As from the start of the 1999/00 season, Seedorf began to find it hard to secure a regular berth in the Real Madrid team. He became less prominent under the GuusHiddink managerial era at Real Madrid. The Dutch manager didn’t put him in his first XI as often as expected and that prompted him to return to Italy to play for Inter Milan in a £23m deal in December 1999.