Cape Town - Former
Manchester United head coach Sir Alex Ferguson believes Real Madrid and
Barcelona's dominance in the UEFA Champions League will soon come to
Over the past three seasons, Real have picked up two Champions League
titles and the Blaugrana one, while Sevilla marched on to three
consecutive Europa League trophies.
Ferguson feels it's a matter of success being cyclical, and when the
likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are no longer as effective
as they currently are, at the highest level - football will see another
shift in who will reign supreme.
"I think success is cyclical," he told ESPN FC. "If you
think about the 90s, it was AC Milan. In the 70s, Ajax; and Bayern
Munich in the 80s; Liverpool, in the 90s; Italy, AC Milan; then England
had a great spell with three teams about six years ago all in the
semifinal. We [Man United] were in three finals in four years.
"[Now] the domain is in Spain. There's no question about that. The
same question could be asked about why are the German teams, why are
Bayern Munich not winning the Champions League?
"Why are the Italians not winning it? Why are the French not winning it? And why are the English not winning it?
"I think the moment, the cycle is with the Spanish teams. They're the
best, and that's why they're winning it. But that will change, that can
change," he added.
"You know, [Cristiano] Ronaldo will get older, [Lionel] Messi will
get older. Can they replace these players? And I think the cycle will