Talking Points: Real Madrid Are Quickly Becoming the Joke of Football

Malungu VincentContributor IMarch 12, 2010

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 11:  Shirts of Real Madrid star players hang inside the fanshop on the day after Real Madrid's UEFA Champions League aggregate defeat against Lyon at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Whether it is a curse, or just simply bad luck, Real Madrid continue to exhibit the same flaws that have drowned the club from within the last seven years.

Take the recent shocker against French stalwarts Olypique Lyonnais, and you'll realize that Madrid are simply a scent shadow of the imposing European giants they once were.

Kaka simply doesn't have the respect of the club supporters after his reactionary snafu that was thrown when he was replaced with Raul.

Or consider the fact that Ramos got into a tit-for-tat with Lyonnais players in the tunnel after the match. Or consider the fact that press are already calling out for Pelligrini's head.

This is something that over 250 million Euros worth of star talent should not have accomplished: losing out on Europe once again, and the King's Cup.

Altogether, along with Cristiano Ronaldo's quick haste from Manchester to Madrid last summer, and you have a situation where money and bought happiness once again proves that success cannot come in such an order.

What needs to happen to Real is a dramatic culture change: the abandonment of the so-called Golacticos policy, while in favor pushing a more conservative but proven policy of developing star power from the ground up.

Both Barcelona, Manchester United, and Arsenal have shown clubs throughout Europe benefits of having homegrown talent to play with, and also the importance of nurturing those homed talents with a few outside star players who can gel collectively with the honed team.

Unfortunately, that theory alone does not apply to Real Madrid. Real Madrid are Real Madrid simply because Real Madrid turned themselves into the Real Madrid that we have all come to know...and also hate.

There is no excuse for this team's lack of silverware or finish, and it sums up the realities of football itself. Money in general doesn't buy you anything. In fact, the best things in life are all free: love, friendship, compassion, time, and family.

Real perhaps need to develop and stick with that principle in their own culture. Money cannot buy you power or prestige. Real Madrid like to bank on their prestige, name, and so-called reputation.

Tell that to Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United, who's apparel continue to outsell apparel that sport the Real Madrid brand and colors.

Tell that to Ronaldo, who despite his claims of winning every trophy will have dwell on the fact that he might regret leaving Old Tradford a little too soon.