'Galácticos' is the Spanish word for 'galactic' and 'galactic' stands for something that's 'king-sized' but in footballing terms, it could mean 'Superstars' just the way we have Jay-Z, Kanye West, Wizkid, Davido and Michael Jackson as superstars of the entertainment industry.
It was a policy designed by Madrid's big men at the administrative table a long time ago. Florentino Perez who is 73 years old came in the year 2000 as the Club's president and revived it. Florentino Perez who is also managing a big Spanish company is worth 1.8 billion dollars according to Forbes.
Perez bought one superstar every summer of each season and that helped Madrid to boost its revenue especially from Jersey sales. The name 'galacticos' had lived for a long time but most people are familiar with the era of Ronaldo De Lima. That era had the likes Zidane, Beckham, Owen, Robinho, Figo, Raul, Guti, Roberto Carlos, Salgado, Casillas, Makelele and others in the squad.
Although one of the Galaticos did the unthinkable by leaving Barcelona for Madrid in 2000. His name is Luis Figo.
Can Barcelona fans ever forgive him for that daring move?
Figo's picture burnt by the Catalans.
Below is a list of some 'Galaticos' elements brought in by Perez in his first era as President.
How many of them can you remember?
Luís Figo (2000) from Barcelona.
Zinedine Zidane (2001) from Juventus.
Ronaldo – (2002) from Inter.
David Beckham – (2003) from Manchester United.
Michael Owen – (2004) for from Liverpool.
Robinho – (2005) for from Santos.
Sergio Ramos – ( 2005 ) from Sevilla.
Some players of this regime graduated from the youth system whereas some came in before Perez started his spending spree. These players include;
Fernando Hierro – (1989) from Valladolid.
Raúl – (1994) Graduated from youth system.
Spain Guti – (1995) Graduated from youth system.
Roberto Carlos – (1996) from Inter.
Fernando Morientes – (1997) from Zaragoza.
Míchel Salgado – (1999) from Celta.
SteveMcManaman– (1999) from Liverpool.
Nicolas Anelka – (1999) for from Arsenal.
Iker Casillas – (1999) Graduated from youth system.
Claude Makélélé – (2000) from Celta.
How many memorable moments can you remember during the times of the Galacticos?
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