Many Real Madrid fans were hurt by the way Kylian Mbappe dragged out his transfer saga, used comic books and quotes to talk about the Merengues as his dream club, and eventually stayed with PSG by signing an unprecedented financial offer with decision-making power that would not exist had he been upfront sooner. He played his cards wisely, but he did so at the expense of Madridistas and representing himself appropriately.
The reality is that Madridistas get the last laugh. Not only did Los Blancos knock Mbappe out of the Round of 16, but they also won their 14th Champions League title. Players like Jesus Vallejo have two Champions League titles. And Mbappe has zero.
We’ve all been waiting to hear Florentino Perez chime in. The president was diplomatic but savage in his quick-fire response, via Madrid Xtra on Twitter:
"“Kylian Mbappe’s deal has already been forgotten.”"
Real Madrid can forget about Kylian Mbappe now
That is the best possible response the president could have given.
We have seen Real Madrid fans send harsh messages to Mbappe ahead of the Champions League Final. But those are unnecessary. We do not need T-Shirts and chants with curse words. All Real needs to do is win titles.
Los Blancos have an incredible collection of passionate, determined, unselfish, and world-class players, both veterans and up-and-coming. Look no further than their own left winger Vinicius Jr., who was once a scapegoat and is now the man who scored the goal that delivered Real Madrid their 14th Champions League title.
As so many Madrid players have said, you cannot buy what this club has. Mbappe, PSG, and everyone else can be forgotten in the sands of time. What the Merengue club is doing is special. 30 million euros spent, 180 million euros in sales and loans over the past two seasons.
And still the Champions League winners.
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Eat that 300 million euro signing bonuses and sportswashers. Real Madrid have five Champions League titles since Manchester City and PSG were bought by states. And they have zero.