Regarding "FC Barcelona: Hypocrisy At It's Finest"
Deepak Israni appreciates Jose V. Rodriguez for standing up for his club, he has always had respect for people who love their club unconditionally.
I wrote that article and chose last season's, and this summers, transfer activity because Laporta's comments were recent. I just wanted to show what he was doing and what he was saying.
Many people suggested that I look only at the spending, why? I thought the most important figure when judging transfer dealings is arguably the net expenditure. Any successful businessman will tell you that it doesn't matter how much you spend, as long as you make more.
While Real Madrid, as with almost every football club, haven’t made more than they've spent, and spent big. But the small gap between them and Barcelona in the net expenditure rates proves that they are by no means serial offenders.
There were also some complaints regarding the headline of the article.
I believe many people say, "Real Madrid's crazy spending spree!" NOT "Florentino Perez's crazy spending spree!" so I said "FC Barcelona: Hypocrisy at It's Finest" NOT "Joan Laporta: Hypocrisy at It's Finest".
Plus I didn't say "Barca And Cules: Hypocrisy at It's Finest"? It takes a complete simpleton to take abuse from a place where none was meant.
What that means Jose, is that I never meant any disrespect to your "Great Grandfather who once used to teach Catalan during the Spanish Civil War." or any of the cules.
Also pardon me for mis-interpreting Laporta's quote, I do not know a word of Spanish (Wait, that's not true, I know. "Hala Madrid", "Muchas Gracias", "Nada" umm........that's about it.) It's Google Translate you should be blaming, not ME.
There was also one provision in Jose's article, which went something like: "The profile of target players". Under that sub-heading, Jose states how Real Madrid ONLY sign those who are already established players, and I agree that we sign already developed players but not all of who are fully developed.
Jose forgets what he wants to, last I checked Benzema is yet to reach his peak, and Raul Albiol is not yet considered the best defender in Spain and has not managed yet to win a major trophy. And in the recent past the likes of Sergio Ramos and Gonzalo Higuain who fell into the "un-established" category were also signed.
Jose also goes on to state that Barcelona go for "high potential players, whose potential is yet not achieved". Well the last time I checked Thierry Henry, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Aliaksander Hleb and even Ronaldinho — who had already won the World Cup and was in the World Cup's All Star team before signing, were all "established" players
There will be cries about Ronaldinho but all I want to say is — had it been Real Madrid who had signed him, he would have been considered a "star" signing.
The recent case of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a good example, no one will disagree that he is one of the best strikers in the world, so in my reckoning he is an established player, which means Barcelona do also sign established players.
One more question Jose, do you know the meaning of "hypocrite"? ("Bottom line: The only hypocrite was Deepak" — taken from Jose's comment), I did not release statements saying Real Madrid do not spend money, or did I?
Successful, Nay.."Dream Teams"
Jose V. Rodriguez quoted the treble winning side as Barca's dream team and compared the "Galactico" squad and how we spent more money to make that team, and I agree with all that.
But the "Galactico" squad that Jose chose wasn't our most successful squad —seriously I have read many of you guys writing that the "first Galactico era was a failure." You leave me baffled!
I am guessing Real Madrid's most successful squad was "The Ye-Ye".
"The Ye-Ye" coached by Miguel Munoz consisted of 11 Spanish players, which won not one, but five European Cups (now the Champions League) and nine La Liga titles, which also included a run of five consecutive La Liga titles.
If we do not want to dwell in the past, then we can mull over the "La Quinta del Buitre" which featured five players from the Real Madrid academy which won, two UEFA Cups and five La Liga titles (in a row), but unfortunately could never manage to win the Champions League.
This is probably the first time Barcelona have tasted success with so many youth products, whereas it has already happened in Real Madrid. (I may be wrong in saying this. And this line will be removed if LA Blaugrana says I am wrong.)
Which brings us to.....
Okay, I agree Barcelona have more players from their academy. Now what?
I readily admit that La Masia is an impressive academy, something which many Barcelona fans can't admit about Real Madrid cantera, despite the two being practically equal. Many fans showed no respect and went on to suggest that the Real Madrid cantera is useless and is full of "crappy" players, which I have to point out is incorrect.
Real Madrid's cantera is not as bad as people make it out to be, which is mainly due to the recent "stupid" policies of Florentino Perez and more importantly Ramon Calderon, who signed young players like Marcelo and Gago instead of giving chances to cantera players. As well, he unnecessarily signed Gabriel Heinze to replace Miguel Torres.
Therefore cantera products at Real Madrid have failed to get first team opportunities at the club. Therefore the impression is that the cantera fails to provide decent talent to Real Madrid.
But when you look at the Real Madrid youth products playing away from Real Madrid, that says it all. I'll name the famous ones—Juan Mata (Valencia CF), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla), Roberto Soldado (Getafe CF), Diego Lopez (Villarreal), Juanfran (Osasuna), and Jose Manuel Jurado (Atletico Madrid). So now you see that Real Madrid's cantera hasn't been so "crappy" after all.
You may argue about their quality as compared to Xavi and Iniesta, but I am not comparing them to Xavi or Iniesta, all that I want to say is that all these players (who left around the age of 20) are important to their respective clubs and are hardly poor quality players, (Jurado was loaned to Mallorca and was their top scorer).
But I will say this though — Diego Lopez is the third choice keeper for Spain but Victor Valdes is not.
The quality of the Canteranos that have returned had been taken for granted by many of you who commented on my previous article, I would let you know that it was the last season when people began to hold Xavi and Iniesta in high regard. I want you to know their current age first before going further, Xavi is 29 years old and Iniesta is 25.
Again I know l will hear how Xavi and Iniesta are the greatest in the world, and I agree with that but do you think De La Red and Granero are nothing? I think I should remind you that it was Ruben De La Red and Esteban Granero who took a team like Getafe to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup two years ago.
So now, Ruben De La Red has four years to achieve the status that Xavi has and Esteban Granero has three, so if you dig deep in your heart, you will know that both Granero and De La Red could well emulate these two illustrious players.
It will be more difficult for Ruben now, because he fainted last season because of a heart problem and is now out for the whole season, but those who have seen him play know that the comparisions to Michael Laudrup were not vague and when he does return to play he will be able to become the player that Xavi is today.
As for the number of Canteranos in Real Madrid is the question, it is definetely going to increase, despite you people saying that Perez will repeat his mistakes. Alvaro Negredo and Dani Parejo are certain to rejoin in a year or two, and Pablo Sarabia—the U-19 sensation, Antonio Adan, Tebar, Javier Acuna and Alipio Duarte are also waiting in the wings.
So the least that you can say is Real Madrid Cantera does produce the same quality players as La Masia, if not better.
Fun-Fact: The number of RM Cantera players called up by Spain for the recent U-19 World Cup: six (most from any club)
Unrelated Point: Many of you have also been ignorant about the importance of first-team experience, Cesc Fabregas has developed into the player that he is all because of Arsene Wenger giving him chances in the first team, also I am shocked that you guys believe that the bench of Barcelona is more important to Cesc than the captaincy and unrivalled starting 11 place on offer at Arsenal.
Note: I hope to see a civilized comment thread this time, as my friend MEM pointed out that there was name calling in the last comment thread. If any authority is reading, the "Flag Offensive" button on the comments is broken, nobody comes to delete when a comment is flagged!
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