David Beckham, Ronaldo, and Roberto Carlos. Remember these names? A decade back, these three were the greatest players to play the game of football and were cheered and followed as much as our modern day sports stars if not more. While Beckham played international football for England, the other two represented Brazil, and the trio played together for Real Madrid in the Spanish club.
'Galacticos' (Spanish for galactics, referring to superstars) is a term used to refer to the world-famous Real Madrid football players recruited during the "galácticos" policy pursued during Florentino Pérez's presidency at Real Madrid, where in his first tenure he purchased at least one galáctico in the summer of every year. David Beckham, Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos were part of the original 'Galacticos' at the Santiago Bernabeu ground in Madrid.
The trio spent four years together in the Spanish capital, winning LaLiga and the Supercopa de Espana with Real Madrid before going their own separate ways in 2007. Beckham went to LA Galaxy for a whopping amount while three-time FIFA World Player of the Year and dual Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo returned to Italy with AC Milan. Carlos later joined Fenerbahce, a club in Istanbul.
However, the trio reunited on Wednesday, February 8 as Beckham whose dream to own an MLS franchise in Miami became a reality last week, shared a photo alongside his two Brazilian friends via Instagram. He captioned the picture saying that he is back with the best and that the trio are friends forever.
Imagining a picture of the three together will only give one flashback of the unstoppable three of Real Madrid who had dominated football a decade back. But now, one can say they have grown old. With an exception of David Beckham, the other two - Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos have put on weight and seem to have lost out on the physique that made them who they were. The picture gives a good sight of the three retired players enjoying their retirement knowing they achieved everything when they stepped on the football field.