If Real Madrid hadn’t sold Mesut Ozil to Arsenal on transfer day, surely they would have had the best attacking squad, on paper at least, in the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale flashing down the wings like lightening, supported in the middle by the play-making genius of Luka Modric and Isco, the amazing passing range of Xabi Alonso, and the tough-tackling menace of Sami Kheidera – all supplying the deadly Karim Benzema. Even without Ozil, they are second in the world, surely only, to Barcelona.
Despite this, Madrid have emerged as the perennial under achievers of world football.
Understandably, they are eclipsed by the phenomenal achievements of the world-beating Barcelona in La Liga, but a team of their calibre should fare much better in Europe than they have in recent years; they haven’t won the Champions League in over ten years – since the time of the original Galaticos.
The original Galacticos era saw club President Floreinto Perez splash out yearly on world-class players Luis Figo, Zinedane Zidane and Ronaldo from 2001 to 2004.
The star studded Galacticos enjoyed immediate success, winning La Liga in 2000-01 and 2002-03.They also won the Champions League – the last time Real Madrid won it – in the 2001-02 season, with Zidane scoring one of the greatest goals ever scored to win the game.
The current crop of Madrid Galacticos, who cost in excess of £300million pounds, have not tasted success in La Liga, apart from the 2011-12 season, in five years, which for a team who boast so many star names, is unacceptable, as is their failure to win the Champions League in over a decade.
The current Madrid team are proof that a group of star names do not always constitute an all-conquering team.
The original Galacticos achieved success where the current ones haven’t. Both sides have a similar, if not identical, level of world-class players in their respective squads; if anything the original side had more talent in Zidane, Figo and Ronaldo but not the quantity of world-class players that Madrid have today.
Which ever way you look at it, the two sides simply don’t compare.
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