Real Madrid’s Champions League The victory is another reminder that they are still the kings of Europe.
Spanish football might not have been able to pick up Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haland this summer though real Madrid‘s triumph over Liverpool in the Champions League finally proposed that the dominance will continue.
La Liga sides have played in 17 Champions League and European League Finals in the last 21 years against non-Spanish teams and won all 17.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t problems in La Liga and Spanish football. It seems that the league understands more than anyone that it is struggling to compete with the other European leagues.
This was a league that pitted the top two players of all time against each other for over a decade. La Liga had Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi but now the two rising best players in the world have decided not to play in Spain. Mbappe decided to stay with in France Paris St Germain and Haaland recently completed its move to First League Giants, Manchester City.
And even before Mbappe’s contract extension at PSG was officially announced, La Liga issued an official statement in which they called Mbappe’s decision to stay in France “scandalous”.
La Liga’s statement also said they would file a complaint with UEFA, which is ironic considering PSG chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi is a member of UEFA’s Executive Committee and as a representative of the European Club Association (ECA).
The statement also said that PSG’s agreement with Mbappe “attacks the economic stability of European football, putting hundreds of thousands of jobs and the integrity of the sport at risk”. The irony of this claim in the statement is that Real were the leaders of the European Super League just 12 months ago.
To see a country’s private sports federation meddle in the transfer business of a single football club is anything but normal and will likely never happen again.
But this was another unique day in the world of modern football and was seen by many as a desperate attempt to remain relevant in Europe’s elite leagues.
Relevant in terms of pitch, footballing quality and competition. They are certainly still considered relevant in terms of wealth real Madrid announced this week that they are Europe’s Most Valuable Club for the fourth straight year.
They lost to PSG in the signing of Mbappe last Saturday and seven days later they lifted the win Champions League in his hometown. Something PSG have yet to do themselves.
real Madrid used to signing the best players in the world when and whoever they wanted since the turn of the century.
In 2000 they set a world record transfer fee by stealing Luis Figo from rivals Barcelona. The following year they went and smashed it again by bringing it in Zinedine Zidane from Juventus. Then they crashed Ronaldo Inter Milan before you continue to sign david beckham, Arjen Robben, Xabi Alonso, Karim Benzema, cocoa and Cristiano Ronaldo before the end of the decade.
Credit must be given Carlo Ancelotti when he left Madrid for her 14th birthdayth European Cup trophy in dramatic fashion. It was far from convincing as they needed comebacks Paris St Germain and Manchester City.
Madrid could help Spanish football correct its tilt this summer by signing a European superstar. They’ve already done their job on the pitch, clinching their 14th title against an English side that some say are the best team in the world.
Whether that’s the commitment of a young up-and-coming talent Darwin Nunez from Benfica or an aging superstar Robert Lewandowski out Bayern Munich.
But for now, the dream of having Mbappe will struggle to sign Mbappé at least until 2025.