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Rafael Benitez must improve Real Madrid's dreadful trophy return

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Florentino Pérez has not been shy on spending since returning as Real Madrid president in the summer of 2009.

In fact, four of Pérez's second-term signings currently rank among the eight most expensive transfers in world football history. Three of these were record-breaking transfers at the time of signing.

It is thus little surprise that Manuel Pellegrini, José Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti's collective haul of one Champions League and one La Liga title has failed to impress the orchestrator of Real Madrid's two famous Galácticos eras. If new boss Rafael Benitez does not soon end Barcelona's dominance, then he is almost certain to swiftly follow them out the exit.

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Not filling their shoes

Of course, Real Madrid's fortunes under Pérez have hardly been disastrous. The only season since he took charge in which they have finished below second in La Liga was their Champions League winning 2013/14 campaign.

In a period that has seen a club as famous as Glasgow Rangers go through liquidation and demotion to the fourth tier of Scottish football, the Bernanéu faithful can hardly claim that their club has been disastrously run.

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However, given that Chelsea and Manchester City have often been criticised for rash spending, it is concerning that both have won more domestic league titles than Real Madrid - a richer club than the English sides - since Pérez's return.

Conquering the old enemy

Furthermore, when Pérez took charge following Barcelona's treble-winning 2008/09 season, it is highly unlikely that his vision for Real Madrid included watching their bitter rivals repeat the feat six years later.

A club the size of Pérez's should never be content to sit in anybody's shadow - let alone Barcelona's.

A former reserve team player and coach at Real Madrid, Benitez is similar to Barcelona manager Luis Enrique in that he has prior experience of the club.

It is little surprise, then, that he knows he has to "fight for trophies from the first game". Real Madrid have simply not been good enough for the past seven years - and Pérez's patience is surely wearing ever thinner.

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