UEFA’s awards last Thursday proclaimed the supremacy of Real Madrid, which has achieved a status of domination admired by all its rivals in Europe.
The succession of titles, seven in 15 months since the Undecima in Milan, has followed a list of individual prizes for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Far from being concentrated solely on the Portuguese striker, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric were also honoured in Monaco to confirm that European football is under the command of Zinedine Zidane’s team.
The talk behind the scenes is that it was logical, that Madrid “has been doing things very well for some time,” and that the best example was the signing of Marco Asensio, a dazzling footballer on the European scene.
Florentino Perez, the president, had a glorious day in Monaco.
It could be said that the present Madrid, triumphant, respected and admired, is the culmination of his great work in his second stint as president.
Congratulated by his colleagues, not only for the two consecutive Champions Leagues, or for the prizes received by his players, but also for the economic and sports management, Florentino was entertained.
His team are the Everest of football.
The commentaries in the corridors were unanimous and complimentary, and the most quoted name was that of Asensio.
An extraordinary player that Madrid signed for a ridiculous price, and who is now one of the best players in the team.
Barcelona have just closed an agreement with Dortmund for Ousamne Dembele at 105 million euros plus 45m in variables, and the question posed in Monaco was ‘How much would Asensio be worth now?’
Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos returned to work on Friday.
As is tradition, before the start of the session in Valdebebas, the three winners shared their trophies with the team on the pitch and everyone took a picture.
Communion in the dressing room is total.
It is one of the great strengths of this Madrid, something also meritorious because there are no egos, but each player seems to have their space to shine, to feel useful in every moment of the season.
That’s the great legacy of Zidane.
Now Real think about Sunday’s game against Valencia, another LaLiga fixture against Levante and a debut in this season’s Champions League against APOEL on September 13.
The idea will be to try to win the title for the third consecutive season because getting to the top is the consequence of good decisions made over several seasons.