Real Madrid thought it wise a great deal to sell the Portuguese talisman Cristiano Ronaldo but has since not recovered from the sale.
The popular adage “A tree cannot make a forest” now seems to be losing validity when put side by side with the current travails of arguably the best club football team in the world. Recovery after cutting down one tree continues to be elusive.
Real Madrid is clearly in perilous times, as her ship on La Liga’s sea wavers with ferocity that defies safe steering. The elite football club are losing matches more than ones won and goals are drying up. A keen observer can imagine heads turning toward Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Perez, direction with curiosity. Coach Julen Lopetegui is looking clueless and under pressure to turn this tide. Their forest is under threat! In as much as Real Madrid may be unwilling to admit, these symptoms suggest they are Ronaldo-sick.
A lot of Real Madrid fans and football lovers across the world were taken aback by the club’s decision to sell their superstar Portuguese-born hitman, Cristiano Ronaldo, to Juventus for quite close to a hundred million pounds. Perez’s reluctance to oblige Ronaldo’s request for a deserved salary increase worth £500,000 a week–a promise the club president reneged on after the forward goal-guided the team to an unprecedented third successive UEFA Champions League title–informed the player’s resolve to leave.
Cristiano Ronaldo never hid how much he felt underappreciated in spite of his legendary achievements for the club. Perez may have mostly thought from a business angle, one which enables the club make millions of pounds in profits from a 33-year-old they bought £80,000,000 in 2009. The day of reckoning is here.
Currently, Real Madrid is yet to win a match in her past five games which have seen them lose four and draw one. Their last 2-1 defeat to Levante in the weekend further exposed the vast void left by Ballon d’or holder Ronaldo. Its strike force now can easily be mistaken for a newly-made kitchen knife yet to be sharpened, an evidence of how blunt the offensive players have become. That X-factor which helped them win matches with goals in plenitude is gone.
Many football journalists and experts wonder whether Real Madrid made the right move: How on earth did you lose your best player? Perez and the club shouldn’t have let Ronaldo go. Adding some less than £200,000 to Ronaldo’s weekly wages and have him perform till retirement would have been more circumspect.
However, the fact is Cristiano Ronaldo is a highly unique, gifted player that the club may not see again for a long time. His discipline, hunger, mountain-high drive, consistency, persistence, and productivity on the pitch are just irreplaceable.
Where would Real Madrid find a player that would get them 40-50 goals per season, maintaining the thirst to deliver year-in year-out? So, dismissing the reality they miss Ronaldo at the moment makes it no less true.