In the two years since Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo broke up in July 2018, both Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo have had to experience terrible failure in the Champions League seasons. The latest is the fact that Man City and Lyon were eliminated in the eighth round, in the matches that took place on the same day.
DECIDED TO LEAVE REAL MADRID
Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo have decided not to continue sharing the same path in the sad summer two years ago. Serious contradictions between the Portuguese star and President Florentino Perez around tax authorities’ penalties to a request to renew their contract have prevented them from finding a solution to continue peaceful coexistence. However, if there was a glass ball to know in advance what they would experience in the Champions League if they no longer belonged to each other, they would have made a different decision.
From the 2010/11 season to the last season Cristiano Ronaldo stuck with the Bernabeu is 2017/18, Real Madrid has won 4 championships (2013/14, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18) and 4 times reached semi-finals of the Champions League (2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2014/15). But after eight consecutive seasons reaching the semi-finals, the Madrid people have repeatedly had to experience the feeling of failure in the last two seasons without Ronaldo. Last season, the team under coach Santiago Solari was stopped by Ajax in the eighth round. This season, coach Zinedine Zidane’s army continues to stop in this round against the Man City of Pep Guardiola.
This is the first time in a decade that Real Madrid has been eliminated twice in a row in the eighth round. It was a dark period in the history of the White Vulture when they continuously stopped in the eighth round against Lyon, Liverpool, Roma, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, and Juventus. The unlucky event only ended when Jose Mourinho brought them to the semifinals of the 2010/11 season, opening a brilliant new chapter where the Royal Spanish team was always present in the Top 4 most powerful teams in the Champions League at 8 seasons consecutively.
WHAT IS RONALDO LIKE AFTER LEAVING REAL MADRID?
That wonderful period ended after Cristiano Ronaldo‘s departure, and the same story happened with Ronaldo. The Portuguese star has no longer tasted the feeling of glory in the Champions League since his farewell to the Bernabeu. In 9 years with Real Madrid, he has won 4 championships, 6 times won the title of top scorer, including the 2013/14 season in which he set a record of 17 goals in Europe’s No. 1 club tournament. Also in the period of wearing the white vulture, Ronaldo also held the Golden Ball 4 times.
But moving to Juventus, the glory of Cristiano Ronaldo was gone. In the 2018/19 season, he and his teammates were knocked down by Ajax in the quarterfinals. This season was even worse, when Juve soon stopped in the eighth round against Lyon, despite Ronaldo having made a double in the second leg. On the same day, Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid team fell to Man City, in a match where coach Zidane was taught a lesson in tactics by his colleague Guardiola.
Things could have been different from both, had Cristiano Ronaldo scored again for Real Madrid. Because sometimes, owning a sharp striker like Ronaldo on the front line is more beneficial than any tactical attempt. The situation of the two confrontations with Man City could have been very different if the White Vulture was still in the Portuguese star squad, who scored 5 goals in 12 encounters with Blue Man in his career. However, now they only regret it. Because Real Madrid and Ronaldo no longer belong to each other, after an expensive divorce 2 previous summers.