Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s career was thriving before swapping Ajax for Real Madrid during the January 2009 transfer window.
The Netherlands forward crossed Europe's borders and made his big move to La Liga where expectations were high. A fee of £20 million swapped hands as Madrid got down to business to secure one of European football’s most coveted talents.
However, Huntelaar failed to gain enough territory up front for Real Madrid to warrant an extended stay as he made just 13 starts there.
He went on to score eight goals in 20 appearances for the Spanish giants but was left out of the club’s Champions League squad.
No-one really understood why Madrid had signed Huntelaar as he arrived in Spain with an ankle ligament injury he had suffered two months previously whilst playing for Ajax.
After signing for Italian club AC Milan in August 2009, Huntelaar said he never really felt comfortable with his role at Real Madrid.
Speaking shortly after his Madrid exit, the striker said:
"Those in power at Real did not behave in the way that club deserves. They surprisingly told me my new team would be Stuttgart.
"Those decisions irritated me, but thanks to my agent I was able to stay calm.
"During the first few months I was fine, but things started getting worse right after that.
"They did not take me into consideration and they made me feel useless. These things hurt, but I have a strong mind and I resisted."
Huntelaar has scored three goals in seven Bundesliga games for Schalke this season.