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A New Beginning in Madrid?

Today, with much fanfare, Real Madrid unveiled their newest player acquisition; Ricardo Izecson Dos Santos Leite. Kaka was victoriously trotted out and put on display at the Santiago Bernbeau. According to Real Madrid President Florentino Perez; this is the first in what should be a star studded list of players that will be showing up at the Santiago Bernbeau.

Next week the same media circus should be present for the presentation of one Cristiano Ronaldo. Again; Florentino Perez will bring out his newest player and again say that this is the best player to ever grace the pitch of the Santiago Bernbeau. Everyone will cheer, and the scene will be repeated again.

The scene is reminiscent of the last go round from Perez. Zidane, Ronaldo, Figo, and Beckham all arrived under his tenure; and one by one they left. Perez ushered in the Galactico era. The effectiveness of Real Madrid under the leadership of Florentino Perez is open for debate. From 2000 to 2006 Real Madrid (under Perez) won the UEFA Champions league once; and the La Liga twice, before experiencing a three year drought in the silver ware aquisition department. Some would say that although Perez has an amazing penchant for promotion of the club; that does little to fill the trophy case. Sometimes when a club collects stars they get a really good collection of stars, not a team atmosphere.

In an New York Times interview with Barcelona President Joan Laporta when asked about the acquisition of Ronaldo, Kaka, and others Laporta says that the prices paid by Real Madrid aren’t realistic. Laporta says that the fierce pace of the transfers coupled with the asking price denote a desperate emergency to fill a void.

On July 2, 2003 David Beckham joined Real Madrid with much fanfare. After kicking the ball around on the pitch David Beckham removed his Real Madrid Jersey to give to a shirtless little boy that greeted him. Almost six years to the day Kaka gives his shirt to a little boy at the Santiago Bernbeau. I am beginning to see a common theme. Lets see what happens next week with Kaka and Ronaldo in Three years. Is Real Madrid a club of champions, or a club of stars. We will see, soon.

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