Opinion: Real Madrid never really had a style of play

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 05: Real Madrid fans show their displeasure during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Ajax at Bernabeu on March 05, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

This may be quite the unpopular opinion amongst Madridistas, but we truly believe that Real Madrid has always been a club with no real style of play.

There is no denying that Real Madrid is the most successful club in football history, they have 33 league titles and 13 European Cups but no style of play they can feel proud for.

Just to give you an example of what we mean by style, we won’t go too far and we’ll talk about Manchester United’s heroics from last Wednesday at Parc des Princes and how manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has recaptured that typical Mancunian spirit that had been missing for the last six seasons.

Unlike clubs such as the Red Devils, Real Madrid is a club that was practically born with money and power that was part of the committee that created the old European Cup.

We are not saying that those five consecutive trophies they won during the first five editions of the biggest competition at club level were gifted to them, we are only suggesting that they have been a lot more fortunate than the rest of the clubs due to these circumstances.

As this club was born with a silver spoon in its mouth, they really haven’t been able to develop their own playing style and their identity has always been based on having the most talented players of the era who can score the goals that grant them all the trophies.

Even during that time when the European Cup was created and television was a novelty, Real Madrid had mythical players such as Alfredo Di Stefano or Ferenc Puskas that were always there to score all the goals and built Los Blancos’ rich history from scratch.

When the Spanish giants decided that they wanted to create themselves a style of play during the eighties, their strategy backfired as they constantly lived under the shadow of other great clubs such as Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan or Johan Cruyff’s FC Barcelona.

It’s not that Real Madrid lacks an identity, it’s the fact that they have always relied on the great players to move them forward into winning all the major trophies.

During the revival of this club near the end of the 20th Century, Los Blancos had other great players such as Raul Gonzalez Blanco, Pedja Mijatovic, or Steve McManaman.

The new era brought Zinedine Zidane to turn him into one of their biggest heroes as a player, and the best manager they ever had as a coach but identifying his style of play was always impossible.

The Real Madrid apologists will defend that Los Blancos’ style is always more direct, but the reality is that they never really had one.

During the modern era in the last five years, Real Madrid won a total of 4out of the last 5 Champions League trophies thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals.

Every single moment in time there has been one or many great players who save Real Madrid from their own irrelevance in the pantheon of the different styles of play there have been throughout history.

Los Blancos will never be mentioned among the squads that dictated a school of thought with their football, but we don’t think that any Madridista will ever complain about this because all they care about is winning.

Fear no more Real Madrid fans, your winning club will come back even stronger than before because the club’s board of directors will bring more great players to save the day and maybe even start a whole new winning dynasty.

However, you can forget about having a style of play or an identity that doesn’t exclusively rely on having the most talented attacking players at your disposal in order to remain relevant.

But as far as we know, Real Madrid will always remain a constant in regards to winning trophies by scoring loads of goals.

Why do you think Real Madrid has never developed a style of play like other clubs have throughout history? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.


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