Former Barcelona defender Rafa Marquez admits he could've been a Real Madrid star.

The Mexican legend is currently playing at home with Leon.

"It crossed my mind to join Real Madrid, there were rumors several times, two years before joining Barcelona it was somewhat stronger but eventually the negotiations collapsed.

"It was in the era of the Galacticos, they began to hire worldwide figures, then came Barca, and when was I called by Barcelona I did not think very much," said Marquez.