Real Madrid’s voracious appetite for success knows no limits. This has been proven by the number of high profile signings made each season in an attempt to stay at the very top of the European football tree.
Madrid’s record tenth European Cup, recorded in 2014, was supposed to usher in a new era at the club. FC Barcelona’s dominance looked to be waning and head coach Carlo Ancelotti had his star-studded side playing the stylish brand of football that is demanded by the Madrid public.
And yet, one year on, Los Merengues’ challenge in La Liga is over—Luis Enrique’s Barcelona team regrouped and rebooted and were, in the end, too consistent to be caught.
The UEFA Champions League Semi-Final defeat to Juventus probably hurt even more. Real Madrid define themselves by their performance in the UCL. In denying the world an “el clasico” final, Juventus have probably set into motion another period of change at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
And so, Carlo Ancelotti can no longer be assured of a third season at the helm. His calm, gentlemanly demeanour was a much needed remedy to previous manager Jose Mourinho’s brashness. Ultimately, though, Madrid need to usurp Barca. And the Italian has failed to do so this season.
The same methodology is used with the playing staff. A conveyor-belt of talent sweeps in and out of the club with alarming regularity. Not a season goes by where the club is not linked to one of the world’s current biggest stars.
Cristiano Ronaldo remains the jewel in Real Madrid’s crown but two years ago a young Welshman named Gareth Bale started to make great waves in the English Premier League. He was soon snapped up for a record fee and scored the winning goal in the club’s triumphant La Decima.
A year later, the FIFA World Cup in Brazil had been lit up by the performances of James Rodriguez. It was no surprise to see him lining up in a Real Madrid shirt once the new club season began.
And next season? The rumour mill is already building up a head of steam. Zinedine Zidane has been tipped to replace Ancelotti and Manchester United’s star goalkeeper David De Gea looks to have been lined up as the latest galactico to join and replace club legend Iker Casillas. Planet Real Madrid never stops spinning.
From season-to-season, it might be difficult to know which players will be wearing the famous white shirt. There is one guarantee, however. That the demand for high quality, entertaining football must be satisfied. It is that fact which means that tickets to watch Real Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu are always in such high demand.