A day 560 days within the making, Actual Madrid is again on the Bernabeu stadium taking part in in entrance of 30,000 jubilant followers.
Sunday’s La Liga conflict in opposition to Celta Vigo was the membership’s first recreation on the newly refurbished floor since March 1 final yr, when the staff beat rival Barcelona 2-0 in El Clasico.
“I am very glad, particularly because it’s the primary time I’ve truly been to the stadium and I’m actually enthusiastic about it to be trustworthy,” one supporter instructed CGTN Europe.
La Liga’s monetary disaster
Amid all of the euphoria of the followers returning and watching Actual Madrid stay on the newly renovated stadium, issues aren’t fairly so rosy within the La Liga backyard.
The monetary influence of the pandemic alongside some questionable selections within the switch market by a number of Spanish golf equipment means Spain’s prime league is probably not the monetary powerhouse it as soon as was.
“It is true that after Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi left – the La Liga stage shouldn’t be as excessive now,” one other fan stated. “We have to signal huge stars like [Kylian] Mbappe or [Erling] Haaland to make it stronger.”
This summer season, Actual Madrid had did not signal French World Cup winner Mbappe, an ominous signal to lots of the membership’s fading energy.
A decline in ticket gross sales and lowered sponsorship offers on account of the pandemic has left the staff greater than $1 billion in debt.
The state of affairs is even worse at Spain’s different superclub Barcelona. Now $1.6 billion within the crimson, the membership has been pressured to promote its star participant Messi to French membership Paris Saint Germain.
With the monetary state of affairs so dire, it was maybe no shock that Actual and Barcelona have been probably the most vocal supporters of the doomed European Tremendous League (ESL).
Juan Castro, a journalist at Spain’s Marca newspaper, defined the ESL would have maybe offered an instantaneous monetary resolution, however to the detriment of the game.
“The Tremendous League might be an answer for 3 or 4 golf equipment – for example Actual Madrid and Barca in Spain, after which an excellent resolution for golf equipment like PSG, Man Metropolis, or Chelsea. Nevertheless it may additionally imply the demise of soccer,” he stated.
“Within the medium to long run, it may be the demise for Actual and Barca, since they depend upon signing gamers from the small and medium-sized groups,” he added.
Many consultants agree that even with the massive issues La Liga is at the moment dealing with, the signing of celebrity Mbappe may make the distinction.
If he chooses a Spanish membership subsequent season, it might go some strategy to restoring some much-needed status to the struggling soccer league.