Real Madrid, spanish giants, Galacticos, you can call them with any name. But the fact remain, it doesn’t changes there bank balance. We go back 2 seasons in Spanish La liga and see the massive signings they have done to strengthen their team. A team which always believe in signing the top athletes and now even the best coach in the world to get trophies for the club.
I take you 2 years in the past.
News Headlines flashing all TV channels, newspapers, websites:
El Presidente Florentino Perez has bought Kaka and Ronaldo at a sum of £150 million.
£150 million is honestly, really more than the annual GDP of twelve countries. If Ronaldo and Kaka combined were a country, they would be have larger economies than Sao Tome and Principe, or the Falkland Islands. For that much money, Perez could have bought every player in the entire Spanish Second Division. Or an entire host of youth academies. Or a fleet of Airbuses for the club. Or a new stadium. Or, if he was really bored and wanted more realistic fantasy football, he could even have bought up Newcastle United.
However, Perez does not seem to have learnt from his mistakes. When he spent huge sums of money on Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane,David Beckham and Ronaldo (the old, bald, chubby one), Real won just two league titles and one Champions League in five seasons. But instead of spending his money on rebuilding a squad sensibly, he again splashes it all out on two players, and then attempts to sell the majority of his current squad in a plan to buy other Galacticos.
Well some of my friends who I interact on a global site of sports, they said that it was amazing to see Beckham, Zidane, Ronaldo to play together. But they also commented that real madrid are not doing good with the players who won them the league title and all the glory in the past few years.
Real coach Manuel Pellegrini started selling those players who played a huge part in their la liga title in 07-08 season.Robben, Sneijder, Heinze, Cannavaro(& the list goes on) all were sold out to make the club even on money. It clearly shows they are not loyal to their players. Players like Robben, Saviola etc wanted to stay with Real. But they have to move because Real wanted to make some money.
The question arises, Real Madrid is not loyal to their players and will players understand this and not join Real in the coming years.
Well for all the fans of new ‘Galacticos’ its a harsh question. Who doesn’t want Ronaldo, Kaka, Benzema(maybe Ribery next year or may be messi also) to play alongside each other. But now madrid’s own fans are raising this question of royalty.
Everyone knows that all these leagues are called professional leagues and there players are called professionals. They sign an agreement and they play to earn. In a professional world like this, it is harsh to blame a club like Real Madrid for not to be loyal with their players.
Just think why players like Ronaldo, Kaka or maybe benzema left their clubs where they were well established and were fan favourites. They left their clubs where they got their name and made themselves a brand only for money. They were sold for money(maybe). They were not loyal to their club who have given them an identity.
Kaka had offers from Chelsea, Manchester City, Benzema had offers from Manchester United, Arsenal but they still went to Real Madrid. They will always say there is a new challenge. But somewhere in their mind, the money factor is there. If the players are behaving like true professionals and changing clubs for money, why not a club do it. In this football world, still REAL MADRID is a bigger brand then CR7 or Kaka.
Real Madrid is redefining the meaning of a professional club and professional football. They are doing pure business. Investing in new assets selling liabilities(who they think). The players who have to leave Real should not feel bad either. Because in past they left their loyal club and joined real for money. They also did business. So i think this is mutual. You never know, Real may sell Cristiano Ronaldo or Kaka for 50million next year itself to buy messi or another star who can come up this season.
And my penultimate comment to the corporate. You can easily relate attrition in companies with the world of football.
And my last and final comment on parents. Who says you can’t learn anything from Football. You can be a professional footballer at 16 years of age. And that professionalism you will learn after studying and joining a corporate in 23-24yrs of your age.
If you want to learn the art of Management, just analyse and study football. You will love it.
Source: Facts taken from www.espnstar.com