The problem was the management of team didn’t rate him highly. Despite his value to the team, Makélelé was one of its most (relatively) under-paid members. Then came a time when he asked for pay hike and the management promptly decided to sell him.
The president of the club Florentino Pérez was so arrogant that he went on to say.
We will not miss Makélelé. His technique is average, he lacks the speed and skill to take the ball past opponents, and ninety percent of his distribution either goes backwards or sideways. He wasn’t a header of the ball and he rarely passed the ball more than three metres. Younger players will arrive who will cause Makélelé to be forgotten.
But some of his teammates were highly appreciative of him.
Zinedine Zidane remarked the following after Makélelé was sold and Beckham was bought.
Why put another layer of gold paint on the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine?
Former Real Madrid player and captain Fernando Hierro also criticised Pérez for both Makélélé’s departure and the manner of his departure, saying:
I think Claude has this kind of gift – he’s been the best player in the team for years but people just don’t notice him, don’t notice what he does. But you ask anyone at Real Madrid during the years we were talking about and they will tell you he was the best player at Real. We all knew, the players all knew he was the most important. The loss of Makélelé was the beginning of the end for Los Galacticos… You can see that it was also the beginning of a new dawn for Chelsea. He was the base, the key and I think he is the same to Chelsea now.
While Makélelé moved to Chelsea and achieved huge success the same can’t be told about Real Madrid. After Makélelé’s departure, Real Madrid have failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the Champions League till date.
Moral of the story is simple: You will face hurdles in life as long as you pick yourself up and continue the journey things will work out just right. Remember “There’s Always a Silver Lining”
The story and the quotes are picked up from Claude Makélélé’s wikipedia page.