Hala Madrid: The Power of a System Over Individuals

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Real Madrid CF, one of the most storied football clubs in the world, exemplifies the concept that a well-defined system outweighs the influence of individual players. As Wikipedia describes, a system is a group of interacting or interrelated elements that follow a set of rules to form a unified whole. This principle underscores the idea that no matter how competent an individual is, reliance solely on a single entity is not sustainable and is prone to failure. Even in various religions, where the supremacy of God is unquestioned, there is often mention of a host of heavenly beings, indicating that even divine operations follow a systematic structure.

A robust system ensures longevity. With a clear system in place, plans can proceed smoothly. From 1998 to 2024, Real Madrid has had over 15 coaches, yet the club has maintained its status as an all-time champion. As of 2024, Real Madrid is one of only three clubs never to have been relegated from the top tier of Spanish football. Since becoming the first Spanish club to enter the European Cup in 1955, Real Madrid has participated in every UEFA-organized competition, except the Intertoto Cup and the Conference League. The club has only missed out on European football twice in its history, during the 1977–78 and 1996–97 seasons.

In the past decades, Madrid only failed to secure a trophy in the 2020/2021 season, yet they managed to navigate through numerous injuries to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League and compete for the LaLiga Santander title until the final day. With 30 continental and worldwide trophies, Real Madrid is the most successful team in international club football.

Such consistent success over more than 70 years cannot be solely attributed to players or even coaches. It is the result of a well-established system. A robust system facilitates the seamless transfer of responsibilities and structures from one generation to the next.

Nigeria, as a nation, needs to build a formidable system that does not depend on any individual but is grounded in well-defined plans and procedures that continue regardless of who is in leadership. The family unit can play a crucial role in fostering a functional national system. Families should instill value systems based on virtues such as hard work, honesty, transparency, empathy, and selflessness.

Be like Madrid! Build a system that stands the test of time.

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