Football Manager 2022 has arrived, giving you the chance to step into the manager's hot seat and begin your new rollercoaster career.
With Real Madrid's crown slipping slightly in recent years, the Spanish giants are in need of some help and we think you can take The Galacticos back to the top in FM22 by following our club guide.
As with any high level club in Football Manager 2022, expectations are high.
Not only are you tasked with playing exciting and attacking football, but you also need to sign high reputation players in order to keep Real Madrid at the top of the Spanish club's prestige league.
In terms of competition progress, you will be expected to reclaim the La Liga title from city rivals Atletico Madrid, as well as progress to the latter stages of the Champions League.
Real Madrid have always been an exciting, fast-paced team with plenty of quality and class across the pitch.
This year, we think you should stamp your mark in the Spanish capital by sprinkling in a little innovation.
The 5-2-3 WB Wide, using a tactical style of controlling possession could be the perfect way to mix defensive solidity with offensive ruthlessness.
With flying wingers supported by solid full-backs, we believe this unique style could be the perfect tonic to fire Real Madrid back to the top in Football Manager 2022.
There are many world-class talents plying their trade at the Bernabeu, but these three names occupy key positions that will ultimately decide your fate.
With many of these stars coming to the end of their careers, one of your biggest challenges will be finding suitable replacements.
A top class goalscorer who is still going strong at the age of 33, Karim Benzema is still a striker that will guarantee you 20 goals a season.
He may be losing pace, but this French star is guaranteed to propel you forward and have a major impact on your Real Madrid side in Football Manager 2022.
A dominant 'keeper who could remain your number one for many years to come, Thibaut Courtois is in his prime and ready to lift more silverware.
A Belgian dominator with all the credentials to lead your club, Courtois is one of the biggest assets you possess at the Bernabeu
A former Balon d'Or winner who could grace the midfield for any top club, Luka Modric still has all the style and skill required, even at the age of 35.
He may not be getting any younger, but the Croatian superstar is one of the worlds best and you'd do well to mould your team around him.
Real Madrid has a decent reputation when it comes to producing young talent and you'll need to keep that theme running in order to plug some of the financial gaps.
Whilst young stars like Rodrygo are obvious candidates for future prospects, these two names could become world beaters in Football Manager 2022.
A young Japanese midfielder who could easily grow to the same heights as Luka Modric, Takuhiro Nakai is someone that you need to keep an eye on.
A loan spell could prove beneficial in the first season, but carefully nurturing this talent is certain to see you bag a superstar.
A versatile attacking option with plenty of potential, Bruno Iglesias can play centrally or out wide.
With a good range of stats already making him an exciting prospect, we think this young Spanish star could become a leading light for your Galactico team.
With a budget of £51.3 million and a wage budget of just over £50,000, you're not going to have an awful lot of money to spend when you first arrive at the Bernabeu.
In order to fix this financial hole, you're going to need to sell some stars before you can look to replace them.
Who to Sell
There are many high earners at Real Madrid who sit on the fringes of the team or ones that are ostracised completely.
Amongst those names you can find talents like Dani Ceballos, Lucas Vazquez and Isco, all players that we think you should be looking to move on at the start of Football Manager 2022.
Whilst some may be talented, selling them would generate between £40-50 million spending money, allowing you to plug the financial gap whilst also turning your attention to some prime targets.
Who to Sign
Real Madrid are clearly well covered in midfield and attack (despite maybe lacking a decent backup striker). However, we feel that defensively they are short of numbers and a top-class left back could really do the trick.
Bayern Munich's Alphonso Davies would be our top pick, with the Candian star one of the fastest and brightest prospects in the game, giving you years of quality down the left-hand side.
You'll also want to keep an eye on January, with a certain Kylian Mbappe willing to jump ship from PSG and find a new club... could you lure the generational talent to the Spanish capital?
The New Galacticos
With many of Real Madrid's modern greats entering the final stages of their playing career, your main task will be to develop a new era of Galacticos.
With boardroom and fan demand lingering over your head, can you be the manager that re-establishes another era of footballing dominance at the Santiago Bernabeu?
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