The presidents of Real Madrid and Barcelona sealed a non-aggression pact in recent days. But what is this unwritten agreement between the greatest rivals in Spanish football about?
Foto: Miguel Ruiz - FC Barcelona
LatinAmerican Post | Theoscar Mogollón
Both in life and in football, rivals fear and suffer, but above all, they respect each other. This is the case of the two top clubs in Spanish football, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, who, beyond the clashes on the field, also deal with issues from the offices. For this occasion, the leaders of both institutions are carrying out a non-aggression pact that had been in talks for months and that has now been made "official" with a handshake.
According to the newspaper Marca, Florentino Pérez and Joan Laporta met repeatedly to discuss legal issues that concern them both and draw lines on the unwritten spoken agreement on the tolerance of the two entities regarding certain scenarios with players from one or the other. another template. In other words, neither Real Madrid nor Barcelona will touch footballers from the other team while they have a valid contract.
In turn, it is worth noting that the non-aggression pact would not be relevant as long as the footballer in question ends his contract, this applies to both teams. At this point, Real Madrid and Barcelona could play with their economic power and seduction to try to make a transfer, since there would be no interference in the renewal process unless it is in the last six months of the contract.
Madrid - Barcelona: a story with a history of "aggression"
The average football fan knows the hundreds of stories about transfers of players going from Madrid to Barcelona and vice versa. One of the most controversial and that today is still in the retina of millions is that of the Portuguese Luis Figo, who went from the Catalan entity to the merengue club in 2000 to become the most expensive signing in history at that time. And it is that the architect of this movement could not be other than Florentino Pérez, who at that time was serving his first term in the club.
Since then, the number of players who have gone from one team to another has decreased, but that does not mean that both clubs have stopped testing figures of their greatest rival. The last time that Florentino and Laporta spoke about the non-aggression pact was during the Classic in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), for the Spanish Super Cup, as the rumor had emerged that Madrid was interested in signing the Uruguayan Ronald Araújo in 2023 when He will be a free agent.
Another recent case happened in the summer of 2021. On this occasion, the white club signed the 19-year-old academy player Jaume Jardí, forward and captain of Barcelona's Juvenil A team and who had been training at La Masía for five seasons. This meant a very hard blow for the Catalan entity, which was close to also seeing Ilaix Moriba dressed in white, however, at this point both leaders decided to launch the non-aggression pact.
Haaland objective: a relentless fight
But mutual respect and the non-aggression pact between Real Madrid and Barcelona do not apply when they wish to sign a player in common. The history of the war in these cases has been maintained and will be maintained over the years, and the objective for this 2022 is one in particular: Erling Haaland. The Norwegian attacker is the obsession of half of Europe and the white club is one of the best positioned to take over his services, something that Laporta will try to prevent at all costs.
Likewise, the new bidding of the two biggest rivals in Spain is once again heading to Brazilian lands, where they have already set their sights on Endrick Felipe Moreira. Palmeiras' new jewel is only 15 years old, but that hasn't stopped him from showing off his goalscoring skills with his team's U-20 side. However, it should be noted that FIFA regulations state that "any extra-community player cannot go to Europe until they reach the age of majority", so they will have to battle and wait until 2024.