Finish: Champions League Quarter-Finals, Copa del Rey Runner-up, Fourth place in La Liga
Standout Players: Roberto Carlos, Zinédine Zidane, Ronaldo, Luis Figo, David Beckham
Going into the start of the 2003-04 season, the prospects for a solid year from Real Madrid seemed very, very likely. They just picked up David Beckham, adding him to an already potent lineup that included Roberto Carlos, Zinédine Zidane, Ronaldo and Luis Figo. But they couldn't turn that talent into success. Real Madrid came in fourth in La Liga, seven points behind first-place Valencia, they lost to Real Zaragoza in the final of Copa del Rey and lost in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League. To put it nicely, it was a complete waste of time and, more importantly, money.