From Figo to Cristiano, the story of the Galacticos by Florentino Pérez

With Florentino Pérez elected as president of the Real Madrid Until 2025, the expectation grows to see what he will do with the Merengue box of 2021 to keep it reaping titles and incidentally create a group like the one from 2000 that surprised by its quality although not precisely because of their titles, which were barely 2 Suspenders, a Champions League and two Spanish Cups and a Club World Cup.

Years later he returned to form a team full of figures but with a key player who would change the history of the club, Cristiano Ronaldo who together with Karim Benzema, Luka Modric Y Toni Kroos I would write a story full of titles.

The betrayal of Figo, the first ‘Galactic’

The history of the Galacticos began in the year 2000 with the choice of Florentino Pérez to the presidency of the club after beating Lorenzo Sanz in the elections. His first decision was to hire Luis Figo, who at that time was a star of Barcelona. Although he came out to deny the news, two weeks later Figo made his presentation at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

An era without trophies

In 2001, Zinedine Zidane would join, who had said yes to the president on a napkin after coinciding in a gala in Europe. Zidane was already World Champion, european champion and one of the best. However, his record lacked the UEFA Champions League.

Later they would arrive Ronaldo Nazario “The Phenomenon” in 2002 and David Beckham in 2003 as part of a team that won a total of seven titles, but which between 2004 and 2007 he failed to win anything and saw five different coaches parade that they could not do anything despite the nickname of the Galacticos.

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The Galacticos with Cristiano Ronaldo

After an unexpected resignation Florentino Pérez in 2006, the manager took over the reins again in 2009 And although this time it cost him time and money, the project’s long-term stability and trust made it take him almost a decade, but his decisions paid off.

In these more than 10 years the most important signing is that of Cristiano Ronaldo what it cost the board 94 million euros, the most expensive so far. It was presented on July 6, 2009 and from there the story would not be the same although that year they did not win any trophies.

He was joined Karim Benzema also in 2009, Luka Modric in 2012, Toni Kroos in 2014. All these new Galacticos have garnered 19 titles throughout the decade, although the main ones have been the three UEFA Champions League obtained in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The future Galacticos

With the new era and the reelection of Pérez, the Real Madrid bet on new talents and that’s why in orbit they sound Kylian Mbappé, French striker for PSG, and Eraling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund forward o even Harry Kane. Who would be the first options for a new litter of Galacticos. The defenders David Alaba Y Davinson Sanchez They have also sounded like possible reinforcements for a star-studded Madrid.


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