How Real almost went broke
Munich – Real Madrid’s 2017 Champions League triumph would not have been possible without the victory 17 years earlier. Because the royalty was close to bankruptcy. The 23rd. On May 2000 Vicente del Bosque sat on a chair in the garden of one of the finest hotels on the outskirts of the Versailles castle park. Real Madrid TV, the presenter of Real Madrid TV, which had just started up a few minutes ago, was kind enough to give him a pat on the arm as if to give him courage, because the future of the royalty was in danger near the former royal residence. Disappointing Valencia was without a chance and lost 3-0, but without the eight European Cup victories in the national championship, neither Galacticos nor Zinedine Zidane would have been able to win Real and the following four royal class victories. And without the Champions League, Luis Figo would not have made it to Real, but the star player of arch-rival FC Barcelona gave his promise to change. However, not under Sanz, who had previously abused him as an actor and swallow king, but only under his opponent Florentino Perez, so Real members voted Sanz down in the summer despite the Champions League success and made him president, with the rest being legend. Perez, who is extremely wealthy and well-connected with politics, sold the training grounds to Madrid’s city council in a highly controversial deal for the considerably excessive sum of 480 million euros, and Real was thus completely indebted overnight, while at the same time Perez invested in megastars such as Figo, the Brazilian Ronaldo, David Beckham and Zidane, which can be marketed brilliantly throughout the world. All this would have been impossible without the magical night at the Stade de France 17 years ago.