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6 photos that prove Thomas Gravesen was an absolute maniac in Real Madrid training

What did Real Madrid expect when they signed Thomas Gravesen?

On 15 January 2005 something extraordinary happened.

Real Madrid bolstered a squad containing Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Luis Figo and David Beckham with a £2.5million Dane.

Thomas Gravesen walked into Madrid and instantly decided to make himself known. How so? By cutting everyone in half during training sessions.

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‘I have absolutely no idea who you are’

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‘I have absolutely no idea who you are’

1. The Dead Leg

A schoolboy classic. Walk up to someone and knee them in the thigh, instantly reducing them to a crippled heap.

Only to be done on reserve goalkeepers.

Cesar Sanchez, consider yourself terminated

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Cesar Sanchez, consider yourself terminated

2. The Jumper Stretch

Remember when your mum would shout at you for stretching your jumper out of shape?

Well poor Ronaldo had to go home to a telling off from Mrs Ronaldo. Two days before El Clasico as well. Savage.

‘Please, not the jumper Thomas’

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‘Please, not the jumper Thomas’

3. The Picking On Someone Your Own Size

You can’t just go about bullying little players, or else you’ll get a reputation.

If you really want to be the king of the castle you’ve got to dethrone an alpha male, in this case Roberto Carlos.

His tree trunk thighs were no match for Gravesen’s Scandinavian grit.

Cutting Carlos down to size

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Cutting Carlos down to size

4. The Repeat Offence

Sometimes one ‘lighthearted gag’ isn’t enough. To ‘reinforce the joke’ you’ve got to go back in for seconds.

Just look how funny Santiago Solari is finding it.

Up you go

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Up you go

Time for a strangle

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Time for a strangle

5. The It’s Finally Got A Bit Too Much

All of Gravesen’s previous scraps look to be quite light-hearted, if a bit nervy for the coaches watching on.

But when Gravesen clashed with Robinho it was no laughing matter.

The big question is, who won?

Yeah, that’s probably a real scrap

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Yeah, that’s probably a real scrap

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