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Galacticos Part III: The Rise of the Youngsters

So how did Real Madrid come up with their new found philosophy?Let’s take a brief look how they got there.

When Real Madrid President Florentino Perez started a new policy called the ‘Galactico Era’ back in 2000 did he have it in mind that it would turn into a trilogy? So why did Perez start the ‘Galactico era’.

It’s quite simple to inject cash flow and turn Madrid into a global success on and off the pitch. Boasting some of the most prestigious players in the world with the likes of Zidane, Ronaldo, Figo, Beckham, Roberto Carlos and Raul, Real Madrid became a huge commercial entity and global icon.

If the first galactico era proved to be a success, it would inevitably follow up with a second installment at some time. Many reasons had been potrayed by the media for the failure of the Galacticos from 2003 onwards-the shock sacking of Del Bosque-lack of stability-too many ego’s-departure of Makelele.

After Barca had started to dominate La Liga and Europe, Perez needed to make a return and make a sequel to install some confidence back into the fans. He wanted the club and fans to relive the magic of the first. In reality the art of making a sequel is not as easy as it may appear, even if do have the best players playing for them. It’s not enough just to take the tone and foundation that made the original a hit.

Come 2009 and ‘Galacticos Part II’ was up and running. This time Perez had gone out of control and lost the plot. What was witnessed that summer was pure bemusement. He broke his own philosophy which was founded on the basis that they buy one galactico at the end of every season.

Perez recruited the second lot of Galactico’s spending a total of € 224m on Christiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Benzema and Xabi Alonso in one summer. The dreadful compulsion took over Florentino Perez and what was once perceived as a beautiful project had turned into nothing more than an addiction.

Fast Forward to 2011 and Spanish newspaper Marca have reported that Real Madrid are set to complete the trilogy.

It is called ‘Operation Madrid 2014’. Madrid are plotting to breed a new set of Galacticos; instead of spending ridiculous amounts of money on household names who are already at the peak of their career, they are looking to bring in 5 top youngsters from around Europe who are already operating at the highest level.

Leading the list is Arsenal and England prodigy Jack Wilshere. Despite him confessing his love and loyalty for the club, Mourinho will test Wenger’s resilience as he has eyed the talented youngster as one of the five players he wishes to bring to the Bernabeu by 2014. It would be very surprising and shocking if Wilshire were to leave after pledging his life to Arsenal football club just a week ago.

According to Spanish sports paper Marca, Wilshere joins Barcelona B midfielder Rafinha,  Athletic Bilbao winger Iker Muniain, Lille starlet Eden Hazard and Dortmund’s rising star Mario Gotze on Real Madrid’s wishful list.

Who says trilogies always turn out to be bad. This could in fact be quite an exciting end if it were to be true.

The key word in that last sentence is ‘if’. In saying that it is always nice to believe once in a while even if you know deep down this is never going to happen.

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