Sunday, December 5

Youth, the risky bet of Real Madrid

Real Madrid radically changed its philosophy since seven summers ago it paid 80 million for James. The club won the Champions League that year and applied a soccer recruitment planning policy that has since focused on hunting down young talents. The reason for this drastic rudder was to compete against the wealth of the Premier and the club-states. The white house was not willing to enter a round of payments of one hundred million for each footballer and opted to get kids with a look of figures with a price that ranged between 20 and 50 million, as happened with Militao, Vinicius and Rodrygo.

The entity broke with the tradition of signing great figures, started by Florentino Pérez with Figo, Zidane, Ronaldo Nazario and Beckham and strengthened in the last decade with the arrival of Cristiano and Bale. Conquered the tenth European Cup, the project was based on obtaining the best young people in the market world.

Odegaard, 16, hired for
six for Castilla, was the greatest example of this risky bet. Real Madrid took a boy who had to train and who since he landed in Spain felt the pressure of what it means to belong to the most famous team in the world. It was forged in the Netherlands, it shone in the Royal Society and on its return to his white house he did not take the opportunity with Zidane. In January he asked to be loaned to Arsenal0. Now he has definitely opted for the comfort of being important there, with Arteta, and leaves Real Madrid at the age of 22. A transfer that leaves 40 million in the coffers of the Bernabéu, four times more than what was paid six seasons ago.

Real Madrid is the club that has believed the most in this philosophy. Ognjenovic, 22 years old, came in 1999 from the hand of Lorenzo Sanz as a possible star and lasted two years. It has been Florentino Pérez who has bid strong for this mix of mature footballers and promising young players.

Robinho was the forerunner of this idea. He signed in 2005, when he was twenty years old, and spent three seasons. His personal instability, winner at Santos with 19 and called “the new Pelé”, destroyed a career that with a furnished head, simply furnished, it could have been stellar, since his dribbling and his overflow were superb. But he deified himself, full of flattery, entered a dissolute life and ended up being a soccer mercenary.

Marcelo and Higuaín were the next, in November 2006. The winger is the great winner of this philosophy, turned into a magical player until wear and tear has taken away his brilliance in recent times. Higuaín alternated very important moments with discreet stages and ended up leaving after seven seasons.

The result of this way of building teams is that, today, Ancelotti has eleven professionals who are part of this project. Isco was the first and then Vallejo, Odegaard, Asensio, Ceballos, Lunin, Odriozola, Militao, Valverde, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Jovic, Kubo, Brahim y Reinier.

The last three will continue on loan for one more course, to enjoy minutes that they would not have here. They are, however, very different cases. The Japanese signed his contract with the Madrid company and is now attacking his third season on loan, returning to Mallorca. His evolution is good and next summer he will fight to stay. More difficult lives it Reinier Jesus, madridista at 18, he is still at Borussia Dortmund and does not catch on. Brahim has shown his quality at Milan, where he begins his second consecutive season on loan.

The other eleven players, already excluded Odegaard, express the difficulty of being a prophet from a young age at home. Isco arrived nine years ago, started well and his career has been a Russian roulette. The contract ends in one year and they do not renew. Asensio was a figure project and a serious injury cut a progression that he is trying to recover.

Vallejo came with a good center back aura and injuries, too, have left him in reserve, without regaining the level of yesteryear. Ceballos had to go to the Premier and now he receives his last chance to settle at home. Lunin is a good goalkeeper, obscured by Courtois’s elongated shadow.

Odriozola He came as an Excellency, he had a period of doubts and now it seems that he has won his consideration. Militao, which cost 50 million, paid to Porto, suffered two years in the substitution and the injuries of Ramos and Varane allowed him to finally play and consolidate as a starter. Valverde He has been a good mirror for the young people, a fighter until he won the position.

Jovic, 60 millones cost, has not shown anything, exceeded by the relevance of what Real Madrid means. Rodrygo, which was worth 45 million, arrived at the age of 18 and has made great games and discreet performances. Now he is trained to add four more kilos of muscle and fight with the defenses from you to you. Defenses that fear Vinicius, who also it cost 45 million and won over the fans three seasons ago. Then it was a Guadiana of performance, as notable as it was controversial, with his dribbles and escapes. His usual lack of goal is the criticism that haunts him, answered from time to time with goals such as those scored against Liverpool, decisive in the Champions League, and the one signed a week ago in Vitoria.

Is this policy profitable? Real Madrid claims that it has held three Champions League and a dozen titles for five years. Other analyzes say that it is better to spend all the money on a single star, like Kylian Mbappé.But if it happens like Hazard. It is better to diversify, reflects the entity.

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