Blake Lovell (36)

Why Real Madrid Should Repeat as European Champions

Created on Jul. 20, 2014 8:31 AM EST

With Cristiano Ronaldo nearing the age of 30, Real Madrid understood the need to start preparing for a future without him.

What better way to do that than to bring in one of the brightest young superstars in the game to join an already loaded squad?

Real is set to officially complete the signing of 23-year-old James Rodriguez from AS Monaco within the next few days after the Colombian midfielder stole the show at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with his spectacular goal-scoring skills.

So, let's see if we have this correct here. Carlo Ancelotti now has James, Ronaldo, Gareth BaleKarim Benzemaand Jese Rodriguez at his disposal on the attack?

Sometimes, life just isn't fair. Unless, of course, you're a Real fan.

There's probably a feeling of dread running through the minds of plenty of European teams right now as they view the ridiculous possibilities that exist by adding James to the mix.

Even the most casual fan could tell you that he was the brightest star at the World Cup. He won the Golden Boot after scoring six goals in five matches, and as for how Lionel Messi managed to win the Golden Ball instead of him?

Well, that's a discussion for another day.

Once James officially signs on the dotted line for Real, the club instantly becomes the favorite to repeat as European champions. Then again, perhaps it already was.

Sure, Barcelona's signing of Luis Suarez was great and all, but Ancelotti and company have taken care of business this summer. The signing of James is certainly the biggest, but adding German midfielder Toni Kroos and Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas as well are major steps forward.

There's simply no doubt that Real is assembling a squad that is built to last. After all, that's the name of the game when it comes to building a championship club.

And for teams looking to remove the Champions League trophy from its grasp, better luck next year. Or maybe several years after that.

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