If the values of Real Madrid are those that are transmitted by those in the VIP section of the Bernabeu, where are Barça's core values emitted from? From their private box? In the VIP section of the Camp Nou we've seen individuals involved in the recent case of corruption with the historic Liceu building. Leaving the VIP area to one side, what about the shady dealings surrounding the Neymar move from Santos to the Catalan club which we reported on earlier this week, a murky affair that even the club eventually were forced to admit their portion of the blame.
I'd personally prefer to define Barça's core values based on individuals such as Guardiola, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol or by the style of play that Cruyff installed in the football club and not look at the individuals that frequent the VIP section of Camp Nou with the hope of sealing some major business deal. In the same way in the search of values that define Real Madrid, I'd rather focus on the likes of Zidane, Sergio Ramos, Modric, Carvajal or even Raúl who is set to make an imminent return to the club, or on legends such as Santillana, Pirri, Velázquez, Amancio and of course Gento and Di Stéfano. I can certainly find plenty of positives to find in both footballing institutions and prefer to look away from those VIP areas.
However, it's true, the VIP section at the Bernabeu is unbearable and now that Florentino has increased it's size three-fold it's even a less palatable place full of powerful individuals from the world of business, banking and politics, a small percentage of`people whose decisions have and will continue to impact on many normal lives. These people do not represent Real Madrid, irrespective on how big the VIP area is. The people who represent the club are in other areas of the stadium or watching the game from their homes. They don't use a football match as a means to schmooze or close a big money contract, football for them is simply a way to enjoy two hours of their free-time.