High Stakes and High Price Tags

Real Madrid may not get its money’s worth. The only guarantee you get in the game of soccer is that things never stay the same: one flick of the ankle, a divot in front of the goalkeeper, or, sometimes, a hundred million dollar check can change everything. Wipe the slate clean and start all over again. Take Real Madrid, the traditional toast of European club football, who boast a record nine victories in the Champions League Final, not to mention thirty-one La Liga trophies. Last year, Real finished runners-up to Barcelona in Spain and advanced into the Knockout Rounds of …






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