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How Come Madrid Was Completely Wrong In Selling Sneijder And Robben

By Max Johnson

On his primary spell as President, Florentino Perez changed his philosophy. He came in vowing to assemble a group of globe class group of “Zidanes plus Pavones” – meaning best avid gamers plus top Spanish talents.

And to bring in his preferred game enthusiasts, Madrid had to cash in on Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben. The difficulty with the program, nevertheless, was there were no game enthusiasts left to supply the balance on the field, the kind that Sneijder provided. The prepare of building a football team of the greatest gamers along with the best Spaniards started by bringing inside likes of Karim Benzema, Kaka and Christiano Ronaldo on one hand and Raul Albiol, Alvaro Arbeloa and Xabi Alonso about the other.

It was an overhaul, but the change saw important players discarded to create room for the stars and the Spaniards. The first Galactico Madrid saw players like Samuel Eto’o, Claude Makelele, Pedro Munitis and Fernando Morientes leave the Bernabeu. Money raised from these transfers saw the likes of Michael Owen come in, a complete flop.

The current spell saw Dutchmen Sneijder and Robben offloaded nevertheless Coach Manuel Pellegrini experienced insisted on their staying. Perez had other plans.

Robben came to Madrid amid mixed expectations and in his first season lived up to his reputation as an very technical, quick and brilliant player. He nevertheless was highly prone to injuries with some commentators referring to his legs as glass-made and so missed out on numerous essential games for his club. He was also believed to become tough to deal with, demanding special attention and when on the field the game had to be played around him.

His legacy ended with mountains of unfulfilled promises, his dream of shinning at the World’s greatest club never materializing thanks to Florentino Perez’s.

Sneijder on his part had an excellent first season at the Bernabeu but appeared a bit inconsistent in his second. Playing a very dynamic game, he was vouched as a complete midfielder, strong in supporting his backline, good at holding the ball and keeping it flowing, super accurate passes and a powerful shot that threatened any opponent. Manuel Pellegrini had insisted on keeping him and in fact build his team around his likes. Real, under Perez however decided to sell him.

The two players are now key figures at their respective clubs, Sneijder, now at Inter and Robben at Bayern, both leading their clubs to the Champions League finals where Inter won 2:0, thanks to Sneijder’s impressive midfield display. Real, meanwhile, was kicked out at the first knockout stage for the sixth year in a row this time by Frenchmen Lyon.

Robben has been probably the most extraordinary player with the Bundesliga and is often a potential winner of the MVP to the Champions League. Often outshining Munich’s supposed golden boy Franck Ribery, it was Robben who saved Bayern from the jaws of Manchester in the important stage of the Champions League when he scored a essential goal following Ribery experienced been sent off. In the semi final against Lyon, he scored the only aim that ensured a last against Inter.

Sneijder on his component has become the focal point, the critical player for Jose Mourinho’s Internazionale. Alongside Cambiasso, Sneijder has made Inter Milan probably the most consistent and most efficient group in Europe forming a formidable link between the back along with the attacking strengths of Milito.

It is in these contexts that it is unjustifiable why Real sold these two players. At the time though, the arriving of Kaka and Ronaldo seemed to ascertain their stay at the bench, something they both would not have accepted. But Real’s new investments have failed to live up to expectations, clearly being outshone by the players they discarded.

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Johnson, Max "How Come Madrid Was Completely Wrong In Selling Sneijder And Robben." How Come Madrid Was Completely Wrong In Selling Sneijder And Robben. 21 Jun. 2010. 17 Sep 2014 <>.

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