Real Madrid are arguably the biggest football club in the world and this can hardly be up for debate.
The legendary Spanish outfit also have the most popular president in the person of Florentino Perez and it comes as no surprise that they continually dominate various areas of the game with regards to club football.
However, it appears that the club does not prioritize the feeling of players when they are in control. Real Madrid FC under the leadership of Florentino Perez is not a loyal club and this is evident in their treatment of three of their most prestigious players in the last decade.
It’s no more news that fans of the club show no love for players who are not at their best at every point in time.
They want the players to be at their best at all times and failure to perform at this level at any point in time will attract boos regardless of past excellent performances, and also regardless of the caliber of the player.
Cristiano Ronaldo and the likes of Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale can attest to this. Well, they are fans and can be excused for this.
However, this shouldn’t be the case with the club hierarchy who failed to show utmost support for their major veteran players in recent times when the players needed them most and needed to be rewarded for years of consistent performances and dedication to the club.
A lot can be said in this regard; such as they are being paid for their services; They shouldn’t wait to be rewarded, after all, their weekly wages are gargantuan; Well, we’ve seen players who earn huge wages and fail to live up to expectation and play out their monies’ worth for years.
This was not the case with Iker Casillas, Cristiano Ronaldo, and now Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid. These three players played major roles in the majority of Real Madrid’s successes in the last decade.
They played significant roles in ending the club’s UEFA Champions League drought and achieving La Decima, one feat that Florentino Perez was eager to achieve for years.
The trio were dedicated stars at Real Madrid but when they needed the club to stand by them when age appeared not to be on their side, the club failed to do so.
First off, Iker Casillas’ departure was not handled with the honor that was expected in comparison to his fellow veteran rivals Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta at Barcelona. He finally moved on to Portuguese outfit Porto.
As for Cristiano Ronaldo, reports suggested that he and the Madrid board failed to agree over an increment in his wages and this made him leave for Juventus.
However, Ronaldo insisted that his departure from the Bernabeu was not down to money as he would have gotten more if he chose to move to Asia. He pointed out other reasons for his departure.
The latest victim is Sergio Ramos who has left the club but stated that it was not his desire to leave. He stated that the club decided not to renew his contract.
According to Ramos, he wanted a two-year extension but the club were willing to offer a one-year extension plus salary reduction. However, on accepting the offer, he was informed by the club that the offer had expired.
The club may have their reasons for letting go of these stars in the manner they did but it is further proof that the issue of loyalty between clubs, managers, and players is a lopsided one and mostly favors the bosses.
Regardless, we look forward to what the future holds for all parties involved and also to see if Florentino Perez will continue with this ruthlessness as time goes by.