Has The Football World Gone Mad?

michael coneyContributor IJune 11, 2009

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 02:  Real Madrid president Florentino Perez speaks a word of welcome during the presentation of the new Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on June 2, 2009 in Madrid, Spain. The 55-year-old former Villarreal coach Pellegrini has signed a two-year deal with Los Merengues.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

World football it seems, has been taking a few too many gulps of the crazy juice over the past week.

And in one city in particular it seems that licensing laws should be changed to prevent over-consumption.

Real Madrid it seems, has got the other man it's been tracking for what seems like a century.

The continuing will he, won't he saga of Cristiano Ronaldo looks to have come to the only conclusion it was ever likely to come to. He's finally thrown his toys out of the pram for the last time and got the move to the club he has always dreamed of playing for.

In a time when the world is slowly trying to recover from an economic recession of disastrous proportions, it seems that one shining beacon of excess is happy enough to spend, spend, spend and then spend some more.

In his first reign at the Bernebau, Florentino Perez assembled a fantasy football team that swept all before them in their quest for European glory. It seems that if it isn't broke, then don't fix it.

Except, what happened the last time a team was assembled in such fashion?  That's right, it crumbled.

I regularly play Fifa or Pro Evo. I know that bringing the best players in the game, with their respective speed, dribbling and shooting abilities will be enough to sweep all before me. But, the point is, it's a game. Not real life.

What happens if say, Ronaldo decides that as the latest holder of the coveted World Player of the Year title, he doesn't want to pass to that God fearing Brazilian kid who won it before him? What happens, if as so often happens with Ronaldo, he tries to win the whole game by himself?

Remember the Champions League final? In the first ten minutes he was shooting every sight of goal he got. Now normally with a player of his caliber that could be excused because there is a chance he will stick one in. But in the biggest club final in the world, did he forget that it was a club final?  And not Ronaldo vs Barcelona?

And here's another thing to remember folks. What happens if one of these Galacticos suffers an injury? By spending massive amounts of money on a player you expect to get your money's worth. When I'm playing Fifa and a player gets injured he misses maybe a month or two. In the real world that could stretch to a year.

With the Champions League final being held this coming year in Madrid you can bet the Bernebau faithful will be expecting that with the money they have spent that they will be in it. So what happens if they don't make it?

A recent study of the Champions League prospects of Real Madrid does not make for comfortable reading for their fans. They were swept aside by a Liverpool team last year that had a few Galacticos of their own in Gerrard and Torres. They simply couldn't cope with the way Liverpool got at them.

No disrespect to either Kaka or Ronaldo but they're hardly the type of players who like to get stuck in.

It remains to be seen therefore whether or not this latest offering of Galacticos can fire their new team to glory.  And if they don't, when the inevitable fault lines will start to develop.