Nothing stays still in Madrid. The Merengues machine rolls on regardless, leaving opponents and coaches lying broken in its wake.
This week, however, Zinedine Zidane interrupted the cycle. After three trophy-laden years, the Frenchman announced his resignation, leaving President Florentino Perez sullen on the sidelines.
Whoever takes up the reigns, they will need to address some problem areas.
Here are five potential signings Zidane’s successor should make.
1 Thibaut Courtois
The Belgian has never looked comfortable in London.
With children still at school in Madrid, a move back to the city he loves could benefit all parties.
Chelsea would rid themselves of an underperforming star, whilst the Spaniards would finally have competition for Keylor Navas in goal.
2 Robert Lewandowski
With the Polish striker almost certain to leave Bayern Munich in the summer, only Real Madrid present a realistic destination.
Despite scoring a fortuitous goal in the Champions League final, Karim Benzema has endured another frustrating campaign. Even Cristiano Ronaldo was stuttering before sparking into life in January.
The Spaniards are therefore in dire need of a regular goalscorer who can nab a result when the time is struggling.
Lewandowski, having blasted Bundesliga defences apart for close to a decade, could be that man.
3 Alvaro Odriozola
"It's part of the business. I just see all those rumours as anecdotes."
Alvaro Odriozola might have been coy but the rumours linking him with a move to the Bernabéu are real.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed a phenomenal year with Real Sociedad, earning a spot in the Spanish World Cup squad as a result.
Odriozola isn't as Dani Carvajal's level yet but he could provide the competition and reliability that has so far eluded the incumbent Achraf Hakimi.
With some tutelage, the Spaniard could solve Madrid's right back problems for the next decade.
4 Eden Hazard
Gareth Bale's remarks after the Champions League final were particularly blunt.
In his opinion, he should have started and the lack of game time meant he would have to consult with his agent in the summer.
Should the Welshman depart, Eden Hazard would prove a natural replacement. The Belgian has outgrown Chelsea and needs some fresh impetus if he is to maximise his talents. He is versatile and pacy, whilst being a better dribbler than Bale.
Perhaps a swap deal could be arranged?
5 Leonardo Bonucci
Leonardo Bonucci's reputation has taken a hammering at Milan.
Godlike alongside Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini, the Italian looked exposed at San Siro before recovering in the second half of the season.
In reality, Bonucci is too good to tread water at a club that looks destined to be mired in financial troubles for the next decade.
He would be a pricey target, but he would also bring class and assurance alongside Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.
A top-level competitor would help both players stay focused and keep them sharp.
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