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Mbappe snub leaves Real Madrid reeling as reality of new world order sets in

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Real Madrid thought they had signed a contract to define the era and heir to Cristiano Ronaldo. Instead, they received humiliation and a reminder of the new world order of football after Kylian Mbappe decided to stay at Paris Saint-Germain.

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A boy who posted posters of Ronaldo on his bedroom walls was applauded by Real Madrid fans when PSG played at the Santiago Bernabéu in the Champions League in March.

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His two goals, due to which Madrid were on the verge of defeat, were even appreciated. They thought it was at least a preview of a player that would soon be theirs.

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These expectations have grown over the years, the protracted nature of this saga generating nostalgia for Real Madrid and fanfare in the media.

The hype made Mbappe join Madrid and feel inevitable and at the same time absolutely necessary.

The club was obsessed with Mbappe. The pandemic limited spending, but it also included a method of raising funds for the biggest signing of all.

Last year, Sergio Ramos and Rafael Varane were sacked to cut their payroll, and in 2020, Real Madrid signed no summer contract for the first time in 40 years.

Most recently, they turned down the opportunity to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland as they were sure Mbappe would come. They briefly thought they could buy both. Instead, they stayed with neither.

In the short term, Madrid will manage. They won La Liga this season on a gallop without Mbappe, and they will win the Champions League without him if they beat a weary Liverpool in Paris next Saturday.

This season they have beaten Manchester City, Chelsea, PSG, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid.

And few will say that Real Madrid’s weakness is their attack. Vinicius Junior has become one of the most intimidating wingers in the world, and Karim Benzema has established himself as the clear favorite for the Ballon d’Or.

If Mbappe were on the team, would Vinicius and Benzema shine so brightly?

But in the long run, Real Madrid will surely feel the loss. Mbappe could be a catalyst for change, the focus of a new era, a kind of signing that forces the team to innovate and modernize tactics.

Madrid’s aura and history in the Champions League always makes them a rival to be respected, but with Mbappe they would once again be a team to be feared.

– Kick for La Liga –

President Florentino Perez will want to fix things quickly, restore pride and prestige. Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski or the sensational return of Ronaldo could quickly become high on his agenda.

If he wants to sting PSG, perhaps even Ousmane Dembele, who is reportedly on his way to Paris from Barcelona, ​​will appeal.

A more strategic approach could be to reinforce other positions such as midfield and wingback where Real Madrid really needs more reinforcement.

For current players, there may well be a galvanizing effect.

The concern was that Mbappe’s statement ahead of the Champions League final could be a distraction, but a string of scathing, if well-disguised social media posts on Saturday suggest that Madrid’s players will enjoy winning the 14th European Cup in Paris even more.

That would be a statement for Spanish football, but La Liga, whose own relationship with Madrid is hardly lukewarm, has been hit hard by Mbappe and Haaland’s decision to play not only elsewhere, but also for PSG and Manchester City.

“On the possible announcement of Kylian Mbappe to stay at PSG, La Liga would like to state that such agreements undermine the economic stability of European football,” the league said in a statement on Saturday.

With the rise of state-backed clubs and the skyrocketing wealth of the Premier League, Mbappé could be a major moment of resistance, a test of the unrestricted ability of these clubs to disrupt the market financially.

For a long time, this power was held by Real Madrid, an institution with money and status to poach the best players in the world, even from the best clubs in the world, and there is certainly an irony in the anger that another club is now arousing, throwing their weight and money around.

But their resentment is based on the broader question of what Mbappe’s decision, taken so soon after Haaland’s decision, really means.

Politically and financially, Real Madrid and Barcelona have long been leaders in European football. Now state clubs rule the ball.

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