ANDhe real Madrid already works in the renewals of Rudy Fernández and Sergio Llull, two historic players whose competitive ability makes them fundamental despite their ages. The first will turn 37 in the coming weeks (April 4) and the second is already 34. Although in the case of the shooting guard there is some more doubt, the club’s goal is for them to continue another season with a significant drop in their salaries and a role of less weight.

The two have been decisive in driving away the crisis in which the white team was immersed. Rudy broke up this Thursday’s game against ASVEL Villeurbanne with three triples in a row. Llull commanded the victory a week ago against Armani Milan with 20 points and decisive triples at the end of regulation time and overtime. The old guard that contributed so much to the gold ‘was Pablo Laso’ is still in force. Good sign for them, worrying for the team, which is waiting for more troops to come to the fore. When given badly, even if it doesn’t always work out, the two veterans are usually the ones who show their faces.

The forward is showing that he is still key in Madrid. He is used to doing an extraordinary job in the shadows, especially in defense and is the same machine to contribute intangibles that he always was. He has long lacked the physique of yesteryear, but he has known recycle your game and his intelligence allows him to even play as a ‘4’. In addition to a future in white, look at the selection: ambitions to reach the 2024 Paris Gameswith which he would be the only basketball player with six Olympic participations, and, with 233 caps, he is only 20 away from breaking Juan Carlos Navarro’s record.

Llull, meanwhile, continues to demonstrate his leadership skills. Before the Copa del Reyits continuity for the next season was up in the air and is still not certain now. He had gone from “until he wants”, usual in the club with historical players, to “we’ll see”. His cupbearing tournament did not help, but his latest performances have shown that he is the captain in every way.

Example of competitiveness

Before him Red Star he pulled the team with 20 points that were not enough to win. Against Milan, another example of competitiveness. In extra time he made all seven of the Whites’ field goals. When others hide or burn the ball, he always appears. He wants to continue and has Willingness to give your salary a good snip, which would facilitate its renewal. If he ended up staying, he would arrive at 17 seasons as a madridista, one short of Rafa Rullán’s top. He too has milestones on the horizon.

Players like Rudy and Llull are still invaluable. Madrid knows this and that is why they want to have them at least next season. Their pay cuts should be in accordance with their presence on the track. They can win games like the last ones in the Euroleague, although it does not seem the most advisable thing for the team to continue to depend so much on them in complicated situations. They lead by example, but some other player should follow his wheel. When heroes are needed, they will always shout: “Present”.