It has been a momentous season for Real Madrid. They won La Liga with four games to go, the Spanish SuperCopa and became European Champions for the fourteenth time in their history. There have been moments of doubt and frustration, but this club always rises through pressure and adversity. This article will rate and analyze Real Madrid players, manager and fans’ phenomenal season.
1. Courtois- 9/10
One of the main reasons why Los Blancos remained in many games throughout this season. Yes he was just doing his job, but he’s ridiculously good at it. His ability on the ball and passing range have also improved from last season which has helped the team to build out from the back each game.
2. Carvajal- 7/10
It hasn’t been Dani’s best season in a Real Madrid shirt but he has never backed down from a challenge. He battled against some of the world’s most electric wingers in Mbappé, Foden and Luis Díaz and remained steadfast.
3. Militao- 8/10
The young Brazilian had many doubting his ability to make the step up as the starting center-back. This season, he has cemented his position as a starter and important player for the European Champions. His aggression, positional awareness, flexibility and on-ball ability are all improving and he can and will only get better.
4. Alaba- 9/10
After being heavily criticized for obtaining the legendary number 4 jersey, he has been one of the most consistent players this season. He’s the captain without the armband and his performances on the pitch were equally as good. One of the best free signings of this generation.
5. Vallejo- 6/10
He has only featured eight (8) times this season but has done what he was required to do. He was immense coming on against Manchester City where he was tasked with helping his team hold the lead.
6. Nacho- 7/10
The ever-reliable Nacho has had a similar season to his previous ones. He didn’t start every game, but when he did, he left everything on the pitch. Like most players, he has made some big individual mistakes this season, but it doesn’t take away from his quality and reliability.
7. Hazard- 5/10
Injuries have ruined another season for Eden Hazard at Real Madrid. Three goals and assists in 903 minutes of football isn’t good enough for a player of his stature. He has promised the Madridistas that he’ll give it his all next season ( after he surgically removed a plate from his knee.
8. Kroos- 7.5/10
Kroos is and has always been the player who does the little, important things that no-one notices. He has undeniably declined physically as he isn’t getting any younger, but he’s still crucial for Real Madrid to function. Real Madrid’s tempo is set by Kroos because of his passing ability and understanding of the game. Many people consider the German finished, but real football men know his qualities and importance.
9. Benzema- 10/10
Karim has been the best player in world football this season, leading his team to the La Liga, Spanish SuperCopa and UEFA Champions League title. His goals, performances and intention to play well in each game have all been important to his team’s success. He’s aging like fine wine and the Ballon d’Or is well and truly loading.
10. Modric- 8.5/10
Thirty-six (36) years of age and on a consistent basis, he’s out-performing and out-running players who are much younger than him. Not much more can be said about Lukita than what’s already known. He’s a footballer who comes around once in a lifetime and the Madrid fanbase gets to see him grace the pitch for at least one more season.
11. Asensio- 5/10
The Spaniard flourished from Ancelotti’s decision to play him in midfield. The most famous and memorable example is the home fixture against Mallorca where he put in an emphatic performance and scored a hat-trick. After a while, he was moved back to the right wing where his performance level decreased. He popped up with his famous long range goal sporadically, but overall, he wasn’t good enough.
12. Marcelo- 6/10
This season, the legend has won La Liga and the Champions League and he has become the club’s most decorated player. Despite not playing a great deal, he still left everything on the pitch when he got the chance. It’s the end of a historic, exciting and impeccable era.
13. Lunin- 7/10
The young Ukranian mainly featured in the second half of the season and in the Copa Del Rey run. When he got his chances, he showed why he’s regarded as one of the best young keepers in the world. His shot stopping and ball playing ability are too good for him to be sitting on the bench for majority of the season. It’ll be interesting to see if he goes on loan or gets sold with a buy-back clause.
14. Casemiro- 7.5/10
Showed the world why he’s still one of the best central defensive midfielders around in the UCL final. On the ball he hasn’t been consistently good this season, but without his presence and ball winning ability, Real don’t have the season they had.
15. Valverde- 8.5/10
Mr. Reliable, also known as Fede Valverde, has had his best season so far in a Real Madrid shirt. He was out of favor in the opening months of the season, but when he gained Ancelotti’s trust, he became one of the first names on the team sheet. He leaves his heart and soul on the pitch each time while adding energy, technical quality and urgency to the team.
16. Jovic- 4/10
It has been a very underwhelming season for Jovic. Though he hasn’t played much, whenever he was given the opportunity, he failed to make the impact that was expected and required.
17. Lucas Vasquez- 7/10
It hasn’t been a great season for the Spanish right-back, but he added experience and quality when he was called upon.
18. Bale- 5/10
Bale started off the season well, scoring in his second match of the season against Levante. But as usual, injuries hindered his availability and simultaneously season on the whole. Ultimately he hardly featured, making seven (7) appearances in total.
19- Ceballos- 7/10
He showcased his quality when he got the opportunity and he deserves to play regular football.
20- Vinicius- 9/10
The Brazilian exceeded expectations this season, recording double figures in goals and assists this season. He has consistently been an outlet for his team and he complimented his partner in crime Benzema perfectly.
21- Rodrygo- 8/10
One of Carlo’s two supersubs. His late goals against Chelsea and Man City carried Real further in the tournament. He mainly plays on the right, but his best position is evidently on the left. Next season, expect to see more from the Brazilian star.
22- Isco 5.5/10
Another player who bids farewell to Los Merengues. In the grand scheme of things, he failed to make an impact on the season. However, this doesn’t take away from his legendary status at Real Madrid.
23- Mendy- 7/10
A player who seems to have split opinions in the fanbase. He’s one of the best defensive full-backs in the world, but offensively, he’s poor. Maybe the fanbase was spoilt by Marcelo but people call for him to be a bench player. He held his own throughout the season but he’ll have to fight for his place in the coming campaign.
24- Mariano- 5.5/10
He was Benzema’s backup and the first alternative to the Frenchman whenever he was injured or unavailable. He got ample oppurtunites but failed to impress Ancelotti and the fans.
25- Camavinga 8/10
In one season, Camavinga has already matured and grown as a midfielder. He went from being reckless and diving into tackles to staying on his feet much more and being patient. His impact off the bench against Europe’s best was superb and next season, he’ll start more games and further his development.
Carlo Ancelotti- 10/10
Madridistas were calling for Ancelotti to be sacked after the 4-0 Clasico embarrassment. His reluctance to rotate and change his stylistic approach to games frustrated some fans, but the board and players always stuck by his side. On his return, he has won La Liga, the Champions League and the Spanish SuperCopa, leaving little to no room for criticism. He’ll definitely be here next season and with new signings at his disposal, time will tell what formation and tactics he’ll deploy.
The fans have faced their fair share of disappointment and banter throughout this season. The Clásico and Sheriff defeats brought great pain to them. However, the players have brought them unexplainable joy from the comebacks and moments of magic. The Bernabeu wouldn’t have its fear factor without the supporters who always motivate the team. They sometimes controversially whistle the team to show their disapproval of the performance. Its nothing new to this club and its used as motivation to do better.