On May 26, 2018, fans suffered Real Madrid From a series of mixed feelings, as Los Blancos won the 13th Champions League title in their history and the last since then, they lost one of the greatest players in their history.
Zinedine Zidane’s team won the Champions League title for the third time in a row in an unprecedented achievement, beating Liverpool with the mistakes of the disastrous goalkeeper Loris Karius at the time, and the result impressed Real Madrid fans, who celebrated fiercely in Ukraine and returned to Spain, but soon changed Things.
As the team danced and cheered during the celebration of the achievement and the new tournament, star Cristiano Ronaldo spoke to the media on the field with the comments that were the most terrifying to the Madrid fans since his arrival in 2009.
When asked if he will lead the winning project at Real Madrid, Cristiano said: “At the moment, enjoy this moment, in the next few days, yes.”
He added, “Then I will give an answer to the fans, who have always been by my side. It was very nice to be at Real Madrid, we will talk in the next few days.” The answer shocked fans, and the journalist asked him if this was evidence of his departure.
Ronaldo replied: “No, no, I enjoyed this moment, this beautiful moment with my team-mates, in the next few days I will give an answer, we made history, one player is not important, we made history.”
The end of the era of dominance after the departure of Ronaldo
In the days and weeks that followed, the time of the greatest wearers of the Merenigi shirt at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium ended. Cristiano left for Juventus, after scoring 450 goals in 438 games, and that meant the end of the Madrid era.
Coach Zinedine Zidane also left, leaving Real Madrid looking for a new identity, starting with the appointment of Spain coach Giulene Lopetegui.
In the attack, Gareth Bale was expected to remain steadfast, but he suffered, while Karim Benzema returned to the predatory scoring methods that made him move to Spain years ago from France, tomorrow that he spent time helping Ronaldo to score goals.
Lopegeti’s time did not last long, and that of his predecessor Santiago Solari did not last long, before Zidane returned again, but he never reached the same level as it was in his first term, simply because he returned without Ronaldo.
Even after three years, Real Madrid have not been able to replace Cristiano’s goals in attack. Three years after that historic moment, Real Madrid have not been the same as before.