Barcelona legend, Carles Puyol, has revealed that Real Madrid tried to sign him twice.


Puyol spent his entire career at the Camp Nou, breaking into the first team in 1999 and going on to spend 15 years there, eventually becoming club captain.


However, he could have trodden the same path as Luis Figo, in swapping Catalonia for the Spanish capital.


"Real Madrid appointed [Jose Antonio] Camacho as their new coach and he wanted me and Ronaldinho [in their second approach].


"They tried to sign me on those two occasions, but I was at the best club in the world and wanted to win titles there.


"So I stayed," Puyol told TV3.


Puyol went on to win three Champions League trophies, six La Liga titles and two Copas del Rey, as well as two Club World Cups, eight Spanish Super Cups and three UEFA Super Cups.


The tenacious central defender made close to 600 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona, scoring 19 goals and registering 13 assists.

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