In professional football (soccer) terms, the 20th Century could be called Real Madrid’s Century. As a matter of fact, FIFA – the world’s football governing body – voted Real Madrid the most successful professional club team of the 20th century.
In 2000, Real Madrid kicked off the new century with a reinforced policy of signing the world’s greatest and most expensive players including Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, and David Beckham. Then in the summer of 2009, Real Madrid again made football history with unheard of spending, including the purchase of Cristiano Ronaldo for the record amount of €96 Million ($135 million), Kaká for €65 Million ($ 95Million and Benzema for €35 Million ($51 Million) (not to mention picking up Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa from Liverpool and Raul Albiol from Valencia).
Nevertheless, in the Copa del Rey against the modest Alcorcón from Second Division B (Group 2) with an annual budget of less than €1 million, Real Madrid with its budget of over €200 Million ($300 Million) on players alone was eliminated after losing 4-0 in Alcorcón and winning by only 1-0 at its home stadium that seats 80 million spectators.
How is it possible that the wealthiest and most expensive professional team in the world cannot defeat a group of part-time amateurs? Should we blame the Real Madrid players? The coaching staff? The club’s governing body? How about the FIFA rules? Or should we demonize Alcorcón?
I will let you make the inferences and draw your own conclusions.