How Real Madrid's La Liga winning stars rated this season

Andy West 21/05/2017
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Real Madrid are the new La Liga Champions but how have Zinedine Zidane’s men rated this term?

Sport360’s Andy West analyses the individual performances of Los Blancos’ title-winning team.

In order to achieve a rating in this article, the following players have had to play at least 1000 minutes in La Liga this term.

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KEYLOR NAVAS, GOALKEEPER: 7. Made some costly errors midway through the season but also produced some exceptional saves behind an occasionally leaky defence.

Keylor Navas

Keylor Navas

DANI CARVAJAL, RIGHT BACK: 9. A series of outstanding performances from a non-stop dynamo who must rank among the world’s best in his position.

Dani Carvajal

Dani Carvajal

DANILO, RIGHT BACK: 5. A rare disappointment in Madrid’s glittering season, the Brazilian has never looked truly comfortable in the white shirt.

Danilo

Danilo

NACHO, DEFENCE: 9. Unheralded and unsung, but the versatile and always willing Spaniard has been his team’s most consistent defender.

Nacho

Nacho

PEPE, CENTRE BACK: 6. An injury-disrupted campaign for the veteran, who will move on to pastures new this summer.

Pepe

Pepe

SERGIO RAMOS, CENTRE BACK: 8. A typical mix of wholehearted commitment, occasional howlers and frequent goalscoring heroics.

Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos

RAPHAEL VARANE, CENTRE BACK: 7. The season which finally saw the classy defender become first choice, but he is still too injury prone.

Raphael Varane

Raphael Varane

MARCELO, LEFT BACK: 10. If defenders ever won the Ballon d’Or, this would surely be Marcelo’s year. Inspirational, dynamic and irrepressible.

Marcelo

Marcelo

CASEMIRO, MIDFIELD: 9. With his physicality adding steel to an otherwise lightweight midfield, the Brazilian is the only truly irreplaceable member of the team.

Casemiro

Casemiro

MATEO KOVACIC, MIDFIELD: 7. Hasn’t played as much as he would like, but the young Croat has generally performed well when used.

Mateo Kovacic

Mateo Kovacic

LUKA MODRIC, MIDFIELD: 8. Aside from a brief dip in the middle of the season, Modric has been a stylish link between defence and attack.

Luka Modric

Luka Modric

TONI KROOS, MIDFIELD: 9. Oozes class in the centre of the pitch, using his magnificent passing range to great effect and always dangerous with set-piece deliveries.

Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos

ISCO, MIDFIELD: 8. Started the season largely overlooked, but has been Real’s best player for the last six weeks, finally fulfilling his immense talent.

Isco

Isco

JAMES RODRIGUEZ, MIDFIELD: 7. Rarely given opportunities by Zinedine Zidane, but has nearly always impressed when he has played.

James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez

LUCAS VASQUEZ, WINGER: 7. Not the squad’s most gifted player but has the heart of a lion and provides a different option from the bench.

Lucas Vasquez

Lucas Vasquez

MARCO ASENSIO, WINGER: 7. Hardly played in the opening months of the campaign but has recently shown he’s a huge star in the making.

Marco Asensio

Marco Asensio

GARETH BALE, FORWARD: 5. Frustrating injury-affected campaign for the Welshman, whose untouchable status at the Bernabeu is now under threat.

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

ALVARO MORATA, FORWARD: 8. Excellent goalscoring record and will feel he deserves more playing time – but may have to leave to find it.

Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata

KARIM BENZEMA, FORWARD: 6. A campaign of ups and downs, occasionally showing his undoubted class but too often going through games invisible.

Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema

CRISTIANO RONALDO, FORWARD: 8. Started the season relatively slowly, often contributing little, but has been unstoppable in the last few weeks.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

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Five reasons for Real Madrid's title triumph

Andy West 21/05/2017
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The key factors behind Real's title triumph.

Los Blancos are celebrating their 33rd La Liga title success and here’s five reasons why the Whites got the better of rivals Barcelona.

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TEAM SPIRIT

Zinedine Zidane has done a great job to keep everyone pulling in the same direction at a club where that doesn’t always happen.

The Frenchman’s magnetic personality and larger than life reputation ensure he is completely respected by his players, who have accepted their manager’s squad rotations without dissent.

For the first time in a long time, Real Madrid are playing as a unified team and their manager deserves huge credit for creating that environment.

Zinedine Zidane

What a record: Zidane.

DEPTH OF TALENT

The biggest contrast between Real Madrid and nearest challengers Barcelona has been the depth of talent within the squad.

Whereas several Barca second-choice players like Andre Gomes, Denis Suarez and Lucas Digne have desperately struggled, Zidane can basically pick two completely different teams without suffering any dip in quality.

The fact that Alvaro Morata and Isco have outscored Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema shows how many options Zidane has, and he has used them wisely.

Isco

Isco’s having a disco.

NEVER SAY DIE

One significant consequence of the excellent team spirit has been Madrid’s ability to rescue games with late goals.

No matter how badly they are playing, Los Blancos possess an unshakeable belief that if they just keep on persisting they will eventually score.

Nobody has epitomised that self-confidence more than captain Sergio Ramos, whose last-gasp heroics have already become legendary. As many teams have discovered to their cost, you can never count Real Madrid out.

Scored a late winner against Valencia: Marcelo

Scored a late winner against Valencia: Marcelo.

SET-PIECE MASTERY

Madrid have scored no less than 21 goals from set-piece situations this season, with many of their late rescue acts coming from the familiar route of a pinpoint Toni Kroos delivery being converted by a Ramos header – most importantly, they rescued a point at Barcelona in exactly that manner.

Kroos has finished the season with no less than 12 assists, while 15 goals were scored by defenders.

Has a knack of scoring late headers: Sergio Ramos

Has a knack of scoring late headers: Sergio Ramos.

RONALDO’S RENAISSANCE

Midway through the season there were signs that Cristiano Ronaldo was gradually becoming a fading force, with the Portuguese star often passing through games almost unnoticed and reaching January with just ten league goals to his name.

But thanks to Zidane’s rotation policy keeping him fresh he has roared into life in the last few weeks, setting up his team’s title charge with a flurry of goals and looking as good as ever.

Cristiano Ronaldo.

The main man: Ronaldo.

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Zidane: La Liga title destiny is in our hands

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Focused: Frenchman Zidane.

Real Madrid have all they can ask for with just one La Liga game of the season to go and that is the destiny of the title in their own hands, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday.

Madrid lead Barcelona by three points at the top of the table and just need to avoid defeat at Malaga on Sunday to be assured of a first La Liga title in five years.

Barca need to beat Eibar at home to have any chance of leapfrogging their fierce rivals.

“It is in our hands which is important for us,” said Zidane.

“There is just one game to go and we have worked very hard to get to where we want to be.”


“We deserve to be in the position we are just now.”

Zidane is unusually expected to name the same side that started a 4-1 win at Celta Vigo on Wednesday.

However, a vital part of Madrid’s success this season has been the depth of their squad as Zidane has managed to keep many of his most important players fresh by rotating heavily throughout the season.

And he hailed the contribution of every player in his squad.

“Watching what they do on the pitch, this squad is spectacular.”

“They are all very good. That has been the key, that they are all important.”

“Those that have played less have been at the same level as those that have played the most and, in a 60-game season that is very difficult physically, that has been important.”

Source: AFP

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