In clinching a third successive UEFA Champions League title, Zinedine Zidane decided to leave Real Madrid at the end of the 2017/18 season, and it unfortunately prompted an awful showing from the club over the next twelve months consisting of two new managers, a third place finish in La Liga behind local derby rivals Atletico Madrid, and the return of Zinedine Zidane before the end of the term.
Fans of the club were exhilarated by Zinedine Zidane's decision to return to the Bernabeu, but it was a far from perfect reunion as he won five and drew two of Real Madrid's final eleven games of the 2018/19 La Liga season. The poor showing even under the Frenchman proved that the issues at the club needed more help than merely a more capable manager at the helm, and that they were a fair distance from the three-time European champions Zidane led just ten months prior.
The concept of the next transfer window being a crucial one for Real Madrid was always expected - as nobody would envisage someone of Zidane's calibre returning to a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Real Madrid without assurances of money to spend on a replacement - and that's exactly what we've seen over the summer so far.
Although it's immensely promising to see Real Madrid not only rebuild, but actually attempt to build a strong team for future years, massive question marks surround whether they're any better than a Barcelona side who've won La Liga in successive seasons, even after over £270 million has been spent in an attempt to improve their selection of players.