Management and the keys to the club, the difference between Real Madrid and Barcelona

Friends and colleagues at El Mundo have all week been shelling out the requests, demands and contracts of Barcelona players as they focus on renewals.

Most of them are being vilified, when at the time these contract extensions were applauded. You know about the hypocrisy of the football world.

Leo Messi, Neymar, Gerard Pique (now he looks like the bad guy when until very recently, the whole of Barcelona idolised him and praised his extravagant gestures), Sergio Busquets and others did not commit any crime.

They asked and Josep Maria Bartomeu, under exorbitant pressure, both from the press (the same press that now criticises these contracts) and the fans, agreed to sign the new contract and everyone was happy.

Don’t forget. It mattered little that the move put Barcelona‘s future at risk. “I don’t care what happens, I want the best at any price”, a phrase heard in many circles of many different teams. Said and done.

The salary cap and the boss

Here comes the moment of leadership, of saying no, of demonstrating that the leaders must decide, set a line and not act as senseless fans.

Real Madrid experienced situations that the presidency considered endangered the viability of the club.

They were painful, but at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu they were clear that they could not hand over the keys to the club to anyone, no matter how much Cristiano Ronaldo was mentioned and in another dimension and more for the hierarchy, Sergio Ramos.

The salary scale was the subject of memes and laughter on sports talk shows, which brought the club to court over the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, who, by the way, left and Real Madrid has continued to exist and win.

The consequence of both is that Barcelona has had dangerous levers to compete (economic survival is another matter altogether), while Real Madrid can boast of having 450 million euros in cash after having reduced its income by 400 million euros in two years due to the pandemic.

No matter how much they say, Real Madrid have not gone to activate any leverage.

What it has done is to sell exploit the extra that the Madrid stadium can generate. 360 million euros is the price, plus 70 per cent of what it generates.

What there is no doubt about is that the keys to the club are in Valdebebas’ hands, what about those of Barcelona?

What this agreement has meant is that the losses generated by the pandemic have passed to a better life, that of the squandering of contracts, which will never arrive because Real Madrid applies the logic of spending what I have.

And so it will be as long as Florentino Perez and Jose Angel Sanchez are the ones who decide. Do not doubt it. The lever of wisdom.