The 3 most important things Real Madrid learned in 2021

Real Madrid, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images) /
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Real Madrid, Florentino Perez
Real Madrid, Florentino Perez (Photo credit should read BENJAMIN CREMEL/AFP/Getty Images) /


2021 saw Florentino Perez become the subject of widespread criticism, even from the Real Madrid fans at one point for his sales of Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos in one go and his adamancy on starting the Super League as soon as possible. However, as it turned out, the president was right and it did not take long for most to understand why that was the case.

While Varane and Ramos have gone to Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain respectively, they have barely been missed at Real Madrid, who have found a duo that has already looked seasoned in Eder Militao and David Alaba. In fact, both defenders who left have struggled with injuries at their respective clubs and are not having the desired impact at this point.

Meanwhile, the Super League was basically introduced to put the game in hands of participants and encourage fair play against the oligarchies. This was further demonstrated by PSG effectively holding Kylian Mbappe hostage even for 200 million euros whereas Manchester City are now the only English club not affected by COVID as a result of the high number of squad players.

In hindsight, Perez was a visionary and what he has been saying is ultimately holding true. 2022 will be another challenging year but one in which his transfer plans are more likely than not going to materialize, the new Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is set to open and perhaps the Super League will materialize after all – exciting times ahead.