Real Madrid – A well-oiled Machine with an Old-Engine

Transfer Market is an emotional period for the fans. Some transfers make you happy while some send you looking for tissues as your favorite player leaves your football club. Some transfers make you happy because a very good player has joined your favorite club.  So let’s talk about the old bad boys of the football transfer market, the Galacticos. Yes, you guessed it right: Real Madrid. 

What next for Real Madrid and Zidane?

Real Madrid seems to have had a decent 2019-20 season as it wasn’t a trophy-less season. The Spanish side Won La Liga on the back of Barcelona’s despair and extended their monopoly in the competition for the record 34th time. They also successfully stopped Barcelona’s La Liga three-peat for the third time.

However, they were humbly knocked out of their favorite tournament: The UEFA Champions League by an attractive Manchester City side. Under Zidane, the Spanish side also exited the of Copa del Rey after being knocked out by a fascinating Real Sociedad side. They also won the Spanish super cup by defeating local rivals Atletico Madrid in the finals. So do you think Madrid needs to spend this summer? Let’s have a look.

Madrid’s Weak Back

Most of their Real Madrid squad is on the wrong side of the ’30s. Team captain Sergio Ramos, despite showing amazing goal-scoring skills and defending, is in the twilight of his career. He’s 34 and will surely have to be replaced this year or the next. Replacing him would be tough as the defender has been phenomenal for the Spanish Giants. Ramos has given everything to Real Madrid and has stepped up again as a leader on and off the pitch especially after Cristiano’s departure.

Moving on to other defenders, Nacho is 30 years of age and though he still seems to have a few more years in him, it doesn’t look like he’ll be there for long and he’ll have to be replaced. Real Madrid’s vice-captain Marcelo is 32 and might have gone down in the pecking order under Zidane. If the Brazilian plans to leave Madrid, the Galacticos will surely have a tough job at hand to replace the wonderful left-back.

The Midfield Conundrum

Real Madrid’s midfield maestro Toni Kroos is also 30 now. His partner in crime, Luka Modric is also 34 and surely his twilight years are coming to an end. The only other Real Madrid Balon d’Or winner other than Cristiano will have to replaced soon. Luckily, the rise of Valverde amongst the Real Madrid’s ranks has masked the need of a younger midfield.

The Age Issue Upfront

Moving onto the attackers, Madrid’s Karim Benzema is also 32. The Real Madrid number 9 enjoyed a phenomenal season this year as he scored a total of 27 goals. But come on, he needs to be replaced. He might still have 1 or 2 more years in him but Madrid surely needs someone who can step up on big occasion like him. The signing of Luka Jovic is a big transfer disaster and he surely doesn’t look to be Karim’s successor.

Madrid’s latest star signing from Chelsea, Eden Hazard is also just a year away from his 30’s. No matter how much golf Gareth bale plays, his departure will surely be an issue for Madrid to cover it up. At 31, Bale can still offer much and it seems that he won’t be offering that to Madrid anytime now, so his replacement needs to be found. 


The current Real Madrid team emits perfect synchronization of youth and experience. However, A major revolution recons as Madrid as they look to maintain their dominance across Europe. The signings of youngsters like Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo, Eder Militao are positive signs for the Spanish Giants. They might also have to look at their current group of youngsters before planning a signing.

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Jeet Lahoti

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