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Real Madrid Alleged Transfer Ban
Real Madrid, like their rivals Barcelona, may be facing a transfer ban for the signing of two underage Venezuelan players. According to reports in Spain by AS, the investigation is centered on the signing of two 12-year-olds, Manuel Godoy and Fernando Macías, brought from Venezuela in 2012 via Miguel Angel Coira, a former Argentine footballer who runs a football academy for youth in Madrid.
Real no longer have contact with these former signings as they are now at Rayo Vallecano. Youth players are long term investments for the future of the club. Many world class players, modern and past, have been products of a club's youth system.
But there are ethical ways to bring over youth players. According to FIFA rules, players under the age of eighteen can be signed from outside the European Union only if their parents have been forced to move to the respective country for non-football reasons.
Similarly, Barcelona experienced the same accusations and were not able to thwart them. The Catalan giants went on a spending spree in 2014, purchasing numerous players including Neymar, Rakitic, and Halilovic. It will be interesting to see if Real Madrid does the same if they are unable to beat the accusation. Real Madrid spent over €130 million on elite players, and have shown that they are not afraid to splash the cash.