Julien Faubert joined West Ham in the summer of 2007 from Bordeaux for around £6 million (Reuters).

The now 36-year-old spent five years at Upton Park, and on the most part, he impressed for the Hammers.

Faubert racked up two goals and 11 assists in 121 appearances for West Ham (Transfermarkt).

The Frenchman was loaned out to Real Madrid in January 2009 in what was a real shock transfer at the time.

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Julien Faubert (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

The 10-capped Martinique international, who could play at right-back and in right-midfield, only lasted five months at the Santiago Bernabeu, however.


Faubert made just two appearances for Madrid (Transfermarkt), before being sent back to the Hammers.

And Spanish media outlet Marca have just handed the former West Ham man the unenviable honour of naming him in their ‘Real Madrid flop XI of the 21st century’.

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Julien Faubert (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

In fairness, Faubert was never really given a chance at Madrid. He was clearly not good enough for the Spanish giants, however, and should never really have been signed by Los Blancos.

The Frenchman is now plying his trade in his homeland with Etoile Frejus Saint-Raphael – a Championnat National 2 league side.

If Faubert could go back in time and move to Madrid again, he would surely still join them. Not many players get the chance to play for Los Blancos. And at least the former West Ham man can say that he did that.

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