Authentic – Building Glory with Pride

29 Th5 2022 | 15:51

Real Madrid, with 14 Champions League titles, has long been synonymous with victory. But that’s not enough, because they also have a culture of fighting against adversity.

Within a year, real There were two “turning points”: one from a comrade-in-arms who promised to build the Chinese Super League, and one from Mbappe. Without the Chinese Super League, Real Madrid lost a great opportunity to increase the club’s income, in the context of the apparent decline in the attractiveness of La Liga after the club’s departure. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Without Mbappe, Real Madrid lost a key element of its plan to create a new empire. What’s more, they lost a lot of face and time, even if they accepted sacrificing several transfer windows to raise money for someone who would never come.

But at the end of the road, Real Madrid has the right to boast two of the most important titles: La Liga and the Champions League, despite the fact that this team is one of the most “popular” in history and the average age seems to be coming.. pension.

Most say Mbappe will be the future Ballon d’Or. But what the future is… unknown.Because just this season, no one compares Karim Benzema, Mbappe’s senior in the French team. Benzema was very calm when he learned that Mbappe had decided to stay at Paris Saint-Germain. He said Real Madrid would still move on because “we are Real Madrid”. A few days later, he himself became the latest captain in Real Madrid’s history to lift the prestigious Champions League.

The real players lifted the Champions League trophy after beating Liverpool 1-0 in the final on the evening of May 28.Photo: Reuters

The real players lifted the Champions League trophy after beating Liverpool 1-0 in the final on the evening of May 28. picture: Reuters

At Real Madrid, success is said to come not from superstars or flashy presidents, but from being known as Madridism, a spirit shaped by a hundred years of glory and destruction. One obvious factor is the culture of success. Look at the number of cup matches in the traditional room of Real Madrid, especially the 14 Champions League titles, making them big brothers in Europe, making UEFA angry, and no amount of anger can take action to punish the Chinese Super League incident.

But this club also has a fighting culture. Look at Benzema. With the captain’s armband, he replaced Sergio Ramos as the leader and Ronaldo as the top scorer. He was the last star of “Galaxy 2.0”, brought back by President Florentino Perez in 2009 to lay the groundwork for his second reign at the Bernabeu, alongside Kaka, Ronaldo, Harpy With Alonso… 13 years later, only Benzema remains, using his talent and experience with Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrigo or Vinicius Jr. Mentor the younger generation. After yesterday’s final, Real Madrid may have reinforced the point: when times change, if you can’t buy a star, create it yourself. Just like Real Madrid created Benzema!

It’s hard to answer the question of cause and effect: Did Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Benzema or Thibaut Courtois rise to the top, and did they return to Real Madrid or were they thanks to Real Madrid? Can Modric win the Ballon d’Or outside Real Madrid? Benzema has played well this season, but if he doesn’t play for the Bernabeu, does he have any hope of winning the Ballon d’Or? But one thing is clear, playing for Real Madrid is the best way for a player to unlock his full potential. A few days before the final, Carlo Ancelotti told the press: “I told Thibaut that sometimes in the training ground you have to give your strikers a few kicks so they have confidence.” At the time, Thibaut replied : “It’s not the goal that gives them confidence.”

indeed. Courtois was perfect against Liverpool. He blocked all access to the goal, waiting for the decisive moment from the far end. That’s how he helped Real secure their place in the second leg against Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City, and he believes the Real Madrid striker will know how to perform miracles. The more you push them, the more you doubt them, the more stubborn they become. Before the final, Michael Owen predicted Liverpool would beat Real Madrid 3-0. Defender Dani Carvajal immediately said: “Thank you for giving us motivation.”

At the end of the game, Courtois blocked Salah's shot.Photo: AFP

At the end of the game, Courtois blocked Salah’s shot. picture: AFP

Looking back on history, Real Madrid will always be with them. In the 2014 Champions League final, Ramos scored with a header in the third minute of injury time, and extra time completely ended Atletico’s will. In the 2002 Champions League final, Real Madrid beat Bayer Leverkusen not only with Zidane’s signature volley, but also with a fine save from Iker Casillas in the closing minutes. Or the 1998 final against Juventus, the strongest team in the world at the time, with Real Madrid pretty much their only chance to score.That is Madridism, when the pomp is associated with sweat and blood. Real Madrid’s trio this season: Casemiro, Kroos and Modric is the most obvious example. They are both artists and workers. Together they defended Europe’s biggest midfield, the suffocating pressing style of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.

But Real Madrid’s road to glory is not just the credit of the old bodyguards. Real Madrid had only a spectacular flip in the knockout round thanks to the young talent at their feet.

Real Madrid have not pursued a specific football philosophy in recent years. When Zidane and Ancelotti need to make a substitution, sometimes they even… ask the players. Every time a Real Madrid player comes on the pitch, they learn how to connect with each other, guided by the emblem on their chest. The sign of Vinicius Jr. kissing after scoring the only goal of the final. With Mbappe not coming last summer, he ended a season of great improvement. And now, he will succeed Mbappe himself as Real Madrid’s present and future. An interesting question arises: Who do you think Mbappe or Vinicius will win the Ballon d’Or first?

A generation of players like Karim Benzema and Pooh Winnie, the perfect combination of experience and youth has helped Real Madrid rise this season.Photo: Reuters

A generation of players like Karim Benzema and Pooh Winnie, the perfect combination of experience and youth has helped Real Madrid rise this season. picture: Reuters

Mbappe’s “big turn” is actually not the first time Real Madrid has pinned all its hopes on the star, but has been disillusioned. Neymar even went to the training ground after being chased by Real Madrid for many years, but eventually went to Barcelona. Look: In the nine years since Neymar signed a deal with Real Madrid to join Barcelona in 2013, Real Madrid have won 3 La Liga titles, 1 Copa del Rey, 5 Champions Leagues, 4 Club World Cups… Meanwhile, With the withdrawal of the wallet in order to buy Neymar’s salary, Barcelona officially started the creation of the Galaxy. Now it is so indebted that it cannot keep Messi’s idol, and has to regard him as a teammate in Paris. Mbappe.

After missing out on Neymar, Real Madrid also immediately turned to a strategy: to buy the man who would become Neymar. That’s why Vinicius Jr. and Rodrigo are here. Real Madrid couldn’t buy Neymar, they created Neymar for themselves. So does Mbappe. It was flexibility, adaptability and not being immersed in failure that helped Real Madrid develop an upward mentality and continue to be the big brother in Europe. Before the final, Alexander-Arnold held up six fingers for a photo, showing Liverpool having won the Champions League six times and waiting for a seventh. At Real, maybe no one has enough… 14 fingers to take a photo in response.

The saga of 14 C1/Champions League Cups started in 1956. Real Madrid beat the Reims Stadium 4-3 despite falling two goals behind with just 10 minutes. That game was in… Paris. Now, again in Paris, they are seen still floating in hurricane season.

At the Bernabeu, Mbappe will not leave any space. There is only space in a traditional room to physically add trophies.

And Mbappe, were you in Paris yesterday?