Real Madrid is no Family
Family isn’t always where you’re from
I see every football club as a family. Some are bigger than others while others have more money. In every family you have those who never get a mention while others always seem to be the centre of attention. At any football club the players are the ones we hear the most about. Manchester United is no different. Every family has that member that stands out for their reckless and incompetent behaviour as everybody else looks on and wonders “how am I related to this moron.” At Manchester the title goes to Jonny Evans. Every family has a member that is extremely talented but wastes it one way or another. That award currently goes to Adnan Januzaj. Finally every family has that member who lets his success get to his head and leaves, as they think the grass is greener elsewhere. Sadly this concept may apply to Manchester United’s player of the season David De Ge.
I can hear it now “how wonderful is it that David is returning home to Madrid” I hate to break it to you Real Madrid fans David is already home. Home is a place where you will always be welcomed. This cannot be said for the Santiago Bernabéu where “fans” boo their heroes or next victims whichever way you like to look at it when their form drops. Cristiano Ronaldo has 225 goals in 200 games for the club and yet he is booed. Garth Bale who almost beat Barcelona on his own as Real Madrid lifted the Copa del Rey and played a massive role in helping Real Madrid to become the first side to win 10 European cups last season is also jeered. In my own view the worst of all is the situation Iker Casillas finds himself in. The club captain has spent his entire career in the Spanish capital. He made his champions league debut for the club in the year 2000 going on to lift many trophies of the club. Many of these as captain. Iker was made captain in 2010 after the departures of Raul and Guti. To say the goalkeeper is a club legend is an understatement, yet is also booed. It has to be said this is not the entire Madrid crowd. Last weekend as I watched Real batter Getafe 7-3 there was a battle of wills in the crowd. Half of them whistled, while the other half responded with awkward clapping every time he touched the ball. Madrid fans will argue he is not the keeper he was and I would agree, but sometimes there was little a goalkeeper can do. Especially in the case of Getafe’s first goal. The Madrid defence was slow to get out to Sergio Escudero as he shot from the edge of the box. With such defending it is little wonder why Real Madrid are conceding so many goals.
So why are the Madrid fans booing the goalkeeper and not the defenders that are almost giving up chances at will? I won’t pretend to be an expert on Spanish football because I’m not, but what I do know is about the galactico’s way of thinking that infects this year’s Champions League semi- finalists. Both the president Florentino Perez and the fans expect one galactico to arrive and one to leave every year. So what exactly is a galactico? My understanding of it is that it is a player that will sell shirts because they are a well renowned named. You could be arguably your national team’s best player in the case of David Beckham and Michael Owen, a former Barcelona player in the case of Luis Figo and the Brazilian Ronaldo. More recently winning the Ballon d’Or seems to signal a move to Real Madrid in the case of Ronaldo and Kaka. The latest trend in the best player in the Premier League in May somehow always seems to find himself at either Madrid or Barcelona. Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale just to name a couple.
This summer will be no different. The domestic season is over only a few days and already both Eden Hazard and David De Gea are tipped to join the Spanish giants. Sadly from a Manchester United perspective the De Gea deal looks a lot more likely to happen. Real Madrid are hungry for a new galactico and let’s face it they don’t care who they hurt to get it. Sadly this is nothing new, Real Madrid is a club that lacks compassion or at least all the time Mr Perez is around. Real Madrid was not always this way and I do think that’s important to say. I have heard many stories of how the club offered some of their players to Manchester United after the Munich air disaster. This respect for others has being lost through the years. Instead now players, other clubs and managers alike are treated with little to no respect. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona are well known for tapping up players not only in public but the private eye. Who remembers how the Barcelona players put a Barcelona shirt on Cesc Fàbregas in front of thousands of people as the club tried to sign him from Arsenal in 2010?
At Real Madrid we also see this disrespect for others. Take last summer for example. It was never confirmed but there has been a lot of suggestions that the reason Angel Di Maria was sold was because he was “too ugly to play for Real Madrid”. Like I said it was never confirmed but I wouldn’t be shocked in the slightest way if it was true. In the last few days Carlo Ancelotti was sacked by the club despite winning four trophies in two seasons. He had to deal with losing one of his best players in Di Maria for whatever reason but also he had to deal with losing the man that makes Madrid tick in Luca Modric for much of the season. For anybody who doesn’t know Modric to Real Madrid is what Michael Carrick is to Manchester United. You will be treated with little respect at Real Madrid as soon as your performances drop in the slightest, no matter how many trophies you win, how many goals you score or even if you are the club captain.
Which brings me back to Iker Casillas, he has given his entire career to the 32 times Spanish champions. Yet in the last few weeks if not months he has been booed and whistled at by his own fans. He is not just a Real Madrid legend he is a living legend of the national team. He has played 162 games for the national side winning two Euro Cups and a World Cup in the country’s most dominant period. On top of all that he is from Madrid and has never played for another club. Especially not their neighbours Atlético Madrid. There is simply no justifiable reason for the treatment he is receiving.
So why would David De Gea go there? You wonder if this is how the club treats a club legend how on earth will they treat a player who has played for their arch rivals and has proved nothing in comparison to Spain’s most capped player. Like Ronaldo before him, De Gea has the chance to stay at a club where he will always be loved and will become a club legend. I know in 15 years’ time when the dust of Ronaldo’s career is well and settled it will be his time at Old Trafford that will be looked back on the most. Like De Gea Old Trafford was where the boy became a man. Where raw talent became superstardom. Where hero’s were made not bought with money just for the sake of buying them.
I respect that may seem a little contradictory from a United’s fan at the moment with all the money spent. Despite all that look at the amount of youth the club gives a chance to compared to their Spanish counterparts. Dani Carvajal, Jese and Casillas are the only youth products in the first team. Casillas came through over 15 years ago. Jese can’t get a game and Carvajal was only resigned after a successful period in Germany. Even now he looks set to be replaced by the Brazilian Danilo who was recently signed for over 31 million euros. In the last 12 months players such as Paddy McNair, Tyler Blackett, Jesse Lingard, James Wilson and Andreas Pereira have all made their debuts. A far contrast indeed.