Real Madrid have endured a mixed start to the season with the latest Champions League draw against Club Brugge serving as a reminder to the failings of the club. However, the future appears to be bright for the club due to some key investments by club president Florentino Perez.
The Wily administrator brought the era of the galacticos in the early 2000s with the signing of high profile players like Ronaldo, Figo, Beckham, and Zidane. His second return to the club saw him adopt a similar objective with the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Xabi Alonso and Gareth Bale.
The increasing money in the Premier League means that the Spanish club does not have the monopoly to cherry-pick players like in the past. This has forced a change in recruitment for the club. Madrid have begun massive recruitment of top quality young players with the potentials to develop into world-class performers.
The club splashed out close to £80 million on Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo two seasons ago when both players were just 16 years. In addition, the highly-rated Japan international Takefusa Kubo was also snapped from the heels of Barcelona this summer.
The career of Martin Odegaard has shown that this could work if done properly. The Norweigian arrived to huge fanfare some years back at the age of 16 but has had to go through a series of loan to develop his talent.
The 21-year-old has been tearing defences in Laliga this season for Sociedad with his creative ability and eye for goal. Kubo has been loaned to Mallorca while Rodrygo and Vinicius remain at the club.
Both players scored in a recent victory for Real Madrid and displayed glimpses of their talents. If the quartet can fulfill their potentials the future will be bright for Real Madrid.