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Real Madrid president’s dream of building Galacticos 2.0 close to becoming a reality

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Florentino Perez’s tenure at Real Madrid has been synonymous with the pursuit of football’s elite, epitomized by his Galacticos signings. Despite a slight shift in philosophy, assembling the world’s finest players remains the president’s enduring ambition.

Assuming office in 2000, Perez revolutionized Real Madrid with marquee acquisitions like Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, and David Beckham, crafting the fabled ‘Galacticos’. Although their on-field success fell short, their star-studded lineup remains unparalleled.

Undeterred by past setbacks, Perez embarked on a second Galacticos attempt upon his 2009 return. With record-breaking investments, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Benzema, and Xabi Alonso were signed.

It’s now time for Galacticos 2.0

Despite Ronaldo spearheading what could be deemed the second-coming of Galacticos, Real Madrid remain on the brink of assembling another galaxy of stars, closer than ever to uniting football’s most coveted talents within a single squad.

The coming summer could mark the beginning of the new Galacticos era, reports SPORT.

The potential acquisitions of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies could see Real Madrid boasting three of the world’s top four most valuable players: Bellingham, Mbappe, and Vinicius Jr, with only Erling Haaland breaking their ranks.

Mbappe’s arrival would mark the beginning of Galacticos 2.0. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Delving deeper, Real Madrid’s dominance extends further with players like Rodrygo, Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, and Aurelien Tchouameni among the top 18 most-valued players globally.

The addition of Davies would further enhance their roster, securing the world’s highest-valued left-back.

There would be a big difference

Contrasting with past Galacticos eras under Perez, the current squad represents a shift. Previous marquee signings typically arrived at their prime, laden with accolades and nearing 30. 

However, today’s recruits are younger, and less decorated, reflecting shifts in the transfer market dynamics.

Moreover, the team’s composition has evolved significantly. While Perez’s earlier tenure witnessed imbalances between offensive and defensive prowess, the current squad boasts formidable talents like Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, and Antonio Rudiger in defence. 

This marks the realization of Perez’s dream — the Galacticos 2.0 — a team balanced in both defensive and offensive capabilities, symbolizing the Real Madrid president’s vision adapted to modern football dynamics.

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‘It’s a beautiful thing’ – Real Madrid megastar raring to play his sixth UCL final

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Real Madrid’s most crucial endeavour of the season edges closer as they gear up to take Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final.

Emotions are sure to be running high not only because of the monumental occasion; but also because a certain Toni Kroos will be playing his final game in the royal white jersey.

The German will be parting ways after enjoying 10 trophy-filled seasons and will aim to add another to his illustrious cabinet before he travels to Germany for the Euros in what will officially be his last rodeo in professional football.

Now, speaking in the build-up to the grand showdown with Borussia, Kroos has given his two cents on the team’s preparation and the morale inside the locker room.

On the upcoming Champions League final

Kroos acknowledged it felt incredible to play his sixth final for the Merengues, but claimed none of this success would have been possible without the efforts of a cohesive team.

“My sixth final? It’s a beautiful thing. I was lucky to play for a team that was able to achieve these successes.

“I am part of this, but I do not like to be alone, there is always the team. Without a team, it is impossible to do this,” Kroos remarked during an interview with RMTV.

Additionally, the German midfielder argued that Real Madrid were in high spirits today and they have the potential to surprise people.

“Today I saw everyone enjoying and looking forward to. The final is on Saturday. There is a competitor that may surprise some people.”

Kroos will play his last game for Real Madrid on Saturday. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Furthermore, Kroos is eager to close his Real Madrid career on a high and claims this will be his last effort before riding off into the sunset.

“This will be my last effort for Real Madrid. Hala Madrid,” he exclaimed.

On his farewell game

Kroos played his final game at the Santiago Bernabeu against Real Betis recently, and his emotional substitution in the 86th minute marked a poignant farewell.

As Kroos came off the pitch, he confessed that seeing his daughter cry was a difficult pill to swallow and he will carry these special moments till the very end.

“I tried not to cry on Saturday but when I saw my daughter cry it changed. It was very difficult for me. I will never forget these moments. I will remember forever, my children and my wife too,” he said.

The 34-year-old also mentioned that whenever he feels like experiencing a tear-jerker, he will take a trip down memory lane by looking at the farewell pictures.

“Saturday was the night of a lifetime. If one day at home I want to cry, I will look at the farewell pictures.”

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