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> No context given. Figo wasn't happy at Barca and wanted a better contract.
Do you know anything about that transfer? Read up on it. It was incredibly clever maneuvering by Perez.
You're too clueless about the basics to debate.
I highly recommend you to read Fear and Loathing in La Liga by Sid Lowe. I'm sure you already heard about it by now though!
You very clearly are. Maybe you should read up on it to refreshen your memories
Oh yeah, a shitty opinion piece by someone changed armband surely is a great source. Try something else maybe
I'd love to.
There isn't a shred of evidence that club ever received financial help from the state at any point in the history of the club. Historic financial records are public.
There is a notable exception of a tax break given to Barcelona, Athletic Club Bilbao, Osasuna and Real Madrid, but not only did this happen in the 2000's, the total amount which was €6M over the course of 20 years, has been deemed illegal by EU courts and the 4 clubs have since paid it all back.
While Franco was a centralising force who sought to subjugate any communities that didn't align with capital governing body of Madrid, there simply is no evidence or proof that Real Madrid enjoyed any sort of benefit under the rule of Franco. In fact, Real Madrid enjoyed its least successful era domestically during the first 16 years of Franco.
Franco stood opposing the monarchy and stripped all clubs who had the tile of Real off of that title. He also forced them to change their logos if they had crowns in them.
He also didn't like football, and it is often said that if he preferred any team it was Atletico Aviación which later became Atlético Madrid. There's however no evidence that Atlético enjoyed any kind of preferential treatment from the regime either.
There is evidence that proves that Franco actually illegally intervened to save F.C. Barcelona from bankruptcy.
Franco piggybacked on the European success of Real Madrid as PR to project a false image of a united Spain. The wake of this slimy use of propaganda has led many people to fabricate that the club had ties to Franco, which have never stood up to scrutiny.
During the Spanish Civil War notable Real Madrid President [Santiago Bernabéu](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santiago_Bernab%C3%A9u_(footballer) was under the command of a Nationalist General. He had no involvement prior or after the war. People often see this as a tie to the regime, but this also doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
Real Madrid is a non-profit sporting club that is owned by its "socios" which are a select group of 84,000 fans who pass down this membership generationally down to their children. They pay dues and and can opt to receive discounts on season tickets. All "profit" the club generates is invested back into the club. The president does not earn wages from his post.
If you are interested in this subject, may I suggest Sid Lowe's book Fear and Loathing in La Liga
He is a neutral British La Liga journalist and pundit. Here's a review of the book and here's another list of myths and fabrications surrounding the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
For the last time, just because Franco existed in the same country as us, and used our success to project success is not shady on our part, nor is it controversial in any way. He picked the best club to use as propaganda, and that's our burden to bare, we have been historically excellent, as much as it kills you.
You have such a hard time living with this, that you dedicate yourself full time to slander the club. If you want an unbiased version of the facts, read Sid Lowe's book. He's an unbiased British gut who works for the Guardian.
It's not my fault, you can't speak Spanish, but that's not what bias means.
Here is some material. When you manage to find proof of any objectionable action our club used taking advantage of Franco favouritism, come back to me. In the mean time, learn yourself some actual history.