I wrote this at the beginning of this year, after I was sick of hearing “this sucks” “it is impossible” and just the general lost of faith among Madridistas. Being born a Madridista doesn’t make you a better fan than those who started supporting the team yesterday, you just have to believe.
We just lost 4-1 to Dortmund and it hurt. Of course it hurt. La Décima seemed so close yesterday and to some it is now no longer at our reach. My post above refers to a completely different team with a different coach but heck, what better team to accomplish the impossible than the one lead by the coach with the highest victory percentage in our history? What better team to score 3 goals than the one that has the record for the most goals scored ever in La Liga?! 121! Out of this world. Never seen before. WHAT BETTER TEAM THAT THE REAL MADRID OF THE 100 POINTS TO ACCOMPLISH MISSION “IMPOSSIBLE?! WHAT BETTER TEAM THAN THE ONE THAT BEAT BARCA ONCE, THEN UNITED IN MANCHESTER AND THEN BARCA WITH A TEAM FULL OF PLAYERS WHO DON’T USUALLY START?! BACK-TO-BACK?! WHAT BETTER PLAYER TO SCORE GOALS THAN HE WHO IS NEVER FULL. HE WHO CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH. HE WHO HAS MORE GOALS THAN GAMES PLAYED FOR OUR BELOVED TEAM?! Think about this as you read my next post:
Sometimes we need to realize that life is not perfect and that our best is not enough
Sometimes we need to know that they try their best and may come just a bit short
I remember back in 2006, in the Era of the Galacticos, I loved thinking that my Real Madrid was invincible. February 7th, 2006. Casillas, Salgado, Helguera, Sergio Ramos, Roberto Carlos, Gravesen, Beckham, Guti, Baptista, Robinho, Ronaldo, Zizou, Pavon and Cassano. These 14 played that match that made me grow as a person.
Now reading that may sound a bit funny but I was a 14 year old sitting in front of my TV waiting for Los Galacticos to demolish yet another team. It was the Copa del Rey semifinals against Real Zaragoza and I could not wait until we reached the final because we had not won the Copa in years… and we weren’t going to until Mourinho arrived.
In each half we received 3 goals and that day the name of Diego Milito was forever going to stay in my brain. He scored 4 of those 6 for Zaragoza. We lost 6-1 and although I can’t be certain, I probably even cried myself to sleep. Zizou, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo, Iker.. they had let me down.
Today seeing the team at -16 in La Liga I realize that not everything can be the way we want and when it is not, we have to learn to make the best out of it. We have Cristiano, Mesut, Iker, Sergio, Xabi, Marcelo, Karim in our squad today and many, many more than any other team desires yet we are far below in La Liga. Arbeloa and Mourinho have said that from here until the end of La Liga, we are going to win every single game. Realistic? Perhaps it isn’t but I like the spirit.
Going back to 2006. After Los Galacticos left humiliated not a single person believed in a comeback. I didn’t believe myself. But then, something similar than what happened with Capello in that amazing Liga happened… the fans, the players, the coaches, the media.. everyone pushed towards the same goal. Coming back from the 6-1. The Bernabeu was at its best.
58 seconds went by and Cicinho with a (I’m stealing this from Cristiano) tomahulk made the score 1-0 for Real Madrid. The Bernabeu was going insane. Real Madrid needed 4 more goals. 4 minutes and 50 seconds… Robinho makes it 2-0. 9 minutes 43 seconds… Ronaldo makes it 3-0. Two more goals and Real Madrid was onto the final. Not one person did not believe in the comeback then. With 30 minutes in the game to go, Roberto Carlos made it 4-0. 30 minutes and 1 goal to go to make it to the final.
We didn’t make it.
That day, every single person at the Bernabeu stood up and clapped as the heroes left the pitch disappointed. Another year that Real Madrid blew the Copa del Rey.
When I started writing this blog post I wasn’t sure what my point was. Those Real Madrid – Zaragoza games are two of my all time favourites. Perhaps we didn’t win but the passion and spirit that all MADRIDISMO showed was fantastic. MADRIDISMO including piperos, Casillistas, Ronaldistas, Zizouistas, Raulistas and whatever other subcategory you wish to include. I guess my point is, no matter how this Liga end, it is not really any longer up to us. All we can do is make the best out of it, together. We can believe because if we don’t believe in ourselves then who will? Even if we end up being 1 goal too short. 1 point too short. All the money in the world is not enough to make us the best team in the world, we are enough to make us the best team in the world. Everyone thought Barcelona was going to win the 2011/12 Liga before it even started, but we believed.
….Hasta el final, Vamos Real!