Two Years, nine months and five days since Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid in 2016 final in Milan, they have finally been eliminated from the Champions League after three titles in a row.
Real Madrid saw their 2-1 first –leg lead overturned in emphatic fashion, as Ajax claimed a stunning 4-1 victory at the Bernabeu.
Here are the stats behind Real’s remarkable run and the fallout from Tuesday’s chastening loss.
Real Madrid in Champions League since the start of 2015-16
Real Madrid had reached at least the semi-finals in every season since they were knocked out in the last 6 by French side Lyon back in 2010, in Cristiano Ronaldo’s first season with the club.
Losing the goals of Cristiano Ronaldo has been a major problem.
This year, Real’s top scorer in Europe was striker Karim Benzema with foursome way off the pace of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski (eight), Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (six) or Ajax’s former Southampton forward Dusan Tadic (also six).