Prior to the year 2018, Florentino Pérez had a near-flawless legacy as president of Real Madrid. He had solved their economic issues, rebuilt them as a juggernaut, and oversaw a golden era of titles. However, since the summer of 2018, that reputation has drastically changed.
The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo was a very tough one for fans to accept. The Portuguese legend was at the forefront of Madrid’s success on the field, the hero everybody relied upon. After some behind-the-scenes disputes surrounding his contract and feeling underappreciated, he departed. Fans were rightfully furious that the club had allowed a seemingly preventable situation to occur.
With Ronaldo gone and his demands being ignored, Zinedine Zidane soon followed Ronaldo out of the exit door. In a matter of no time, Real had seen two of their biggest stars leave and the need for a rebuild only growing by the day.
With a huge summer needed, fans expected to see Real break open the war-chest and make the market their own. However, what actually occurred would only become the norm for most of the coming seasons.
Through both the summer and winter window of the 2018/19 campaign, Real largely underwhelmed in the market. Mariano Diaz took the iconic number 7 jersey on his return, an unknown Vinicius Jr entered the fold, Thibaut Courtois, Brahim Diaz, and Odriozola also all joined the club.
Whilst Vinicius and Courtois have since become two important players, this was far from the rebuild that the club needed. It showed as the season progressed, Real were abysmal for much of the 18/19 campaign, embarrassed in Europe, thrashed and battered in the league – in short, they were a quickly sinking ship.
The football being played was poor, the morale was flat – except for the sustained brilliance of Benzema and flashes of potential from Vinicius Jr, the season was over long before it even began. The board went through two coaches, a means of masking over the issues they had created.
News Source: fansided