Current Spanish champion, Real Madrid goes through a “silent but relentless process of transformation” within the squad, as defined by the newspaper As. And this directly affects the so-called “sacred cows”, which are the players who won everything that was possible at the Santiago Bernabéu, but which will lose space to younger athletes.
The names most often cited by the Spanish daily are Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, and Benzema, remaining holders of all four Champions League titles between 2014 and 2018. The four are the oldest in the squad. Ramos and Modric are 34 years old, followed by Marcelo and Benzema, with 32, in addition to Gareth Bale (31), Toni Kroos, and Nacho Fernández (30). The idea of Zinedine Zidane, according to As, is to rejuvenate the team little by little.
Veterans will gradually leave the Bernabéu. According to the newspaper, only Kroos, with a contract until 2023, and Ramos, which is expected to renew until 2024 soon, are part of Zidane’s long-term plans. The rest should leave as soon as their contracts expire.