Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Madrid in the 2009-10 season. In the previous season, Real Madrid had a total of 16 defeats in all competitions. Ever since then ‘Los Blancos’ never got close to that figure. This season, after his departure to Juventus, Real have lost 15 matches. Cristiano Ronaldo’s unquestionable performance during his nine seasons in the club’s white jersey is still remembered. Even more so after the bad season Real have had, missing the Portuguese striker more than they could ever have thought.
After the defeat at the Mestalla to Valencia, Madrid fell to their 15th defeat of the season (2 in the Copa del Rey, 3 in the Champions League and 9 in La Liga). Showing the level of this team without their superstar forward.
Of the 15 defeats, 6 of them were under Julen Lopetegui, 8 under Santiago Solari and a sole defeat under new boss Zinedine Zidane.
According to ‘AS’, the average number of defeats at Madrid while Ronaldo was there was just 6 a season, less than half of the defeats of this season with 8 League games still to play. Real have not had a year as bad as this since the arrival of the Portuguese Balon D’or winner.
Not even in the 2012/13 season under Mourinho, where they lost 11 times, or the 2014/15 season under Ancelotti where 10 games were lost.
10 years have now passed since Real lost more than 11 games in a single season, just a year before Ronaldo joined. Now without him, they have stooped to those levels again, once again showing just how valuable the Portuguese forward is.