Galactiques

The Galacticos of Real Madrid have made the football planet dream. Despite the escapades of the locker room at the time.

ESPN dedicates a documentary to the Galactic era of Real Madrid. In the early 2000s, Florentino Pérez, newly elected president, offered Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, or David Beckham, to name a few. A spectacular team that had thrilled socios and football fans, but also won many titles: two Ligas in 2001 and 2003, two Spanish Super Cups in 2001 and 2003, a Champions League in 2002, an Intercontinental Cup in 2002, and a UEFA Super Cup in 2002.

And the spectacle, there was not only on the ground. Life in the Merengue locker room at the time was very hectic, as Roberto Carlos had already explained at the time. We learn a little more, thanks to ESPN, about the content of the evenings that the Madrid stars lived, and in particular, a birthday of Ronaldo remained in the memories. "These are stories that cannot be told," Ruben Gonzalez, a defender from the Merengue training center, replied with a smile. Same story for Javier Portillo, a former striker who also trained at La Fabrica. "What are you referring to? I don't see, ”he joked.


Anthology matches, crazy evenings

Ivan Helguera, he did not hide. “It’s true that there were a lot more women than we thought. I took my wife and she said, 'We're going, we have nothing to do here,' "said the former Spain international. And Roberto Carlos to add. “This anniversary was marked by the history of the bus (with very many guests). We were a bunch of crazy people, ”recalled the legendary Brazilian left-back, leaving the conclusion to a hilarious Claude Makelele. “Fortunately we didn't have Instagram or Facebook back then, luckily!” He blurted out.

In the age of social networks, it would indeed have been difficult for these superstars to lead such a lifestyle. And yet, that did not prevent them from shining brightly. Thanks in particular to the management of a certain Vicente Del Bosque. “There is no need for rules. No need to tell us: "you have to go back to the left when so and so does that". The player knows what to do. He understood us perfectly. Monday and Tuesday practice was at 5 p.m. He didn't put them at 11am because he knew everyone would be late, ”he concluded. Another definition of seriousness.