During his first reign at the helm of Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez promised that he would bring a galaxy of stars to Los Blancos. He declared that the Satiago Bernabéu would become the greatest stage in world sports, featuring the best players in the entire world.
In order to accomplish this seemingly impossible feat, he promised to bring one new mega-star to Madrid every offseason that he was in control of, regardless of how the team fared during the previous campaign.
Astoundingly, this strategy was incredibly successful for Real Madrid—at the beginning at least.
He brought Luís Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and David Beckham to the club in successive years; during those campaigns he captured two La Liga titles and won the Champions League.
The strategy stalled after Beckham joined the club, however, as Real Madrid seemed to transform more into a business than a football club—Los Vikingos were raking in the money, but not the trophies. It would take another four years, and a new president for Madrid to win another competition (2007).
In 2009, Florentino, in his second stint as president, ushered in an era of neo-galácticos. He signed Kaká, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo in quick succession, and promised a return to European glory. While the latter has not yet materialized, he took a huge stride forward this summer with his newest Galálctico: Italian treble-winning coach “The Special One,” José Mourinho.
Florentino is a showman. No matter what happens this season (things are currently going well), he will certainly try to make at least one enthusiasm-inducing transfer. This list will break down the most likely candidates to become this summer’s newest Galactico.
It’s important to note, though, that it is very possible that Florentino will try to tighten the belt at least a little—this could mean trading or selling some under-performing players. I won’t address which players might be sold, but suffice it to say that there will be some movement out of Madrid.
It’s also important to remember that this team might not need a significant makeover—we will almost certainly not be getting a new coach, and Mourinho has stated that he likes what he has for the most part.