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WHAT’S BEHIND REAL MADRID’S RECENT DECLINE?

With Barcelona recently easing their way to a second consecutive La Liga title ahead of Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid respectively, all eyes are once again on Real Madrid, who failed to mount a meaningful title challenge for the second year in a row. Are Real Madrid in the middle of a crisis? And if so, what has happened to the white side of the capital?

The Cristiano Ronaldo Gamble Hasn’t Paid Off

Since his €112 million move to Juventus, the Portuguese ace has flourished in Italy and won Serie A player of the year (although bizarrely, didn’t get into the Serie A team of the year as can be seen at https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/). While everyone was aware of the brilliance and genius of Ronaldo, few could have predicted just how much the team would struggle without him, especially considering the quality of the other players in the squad. But without Ronaldo, the team arguably has no focal point and lacks a player who can turn a game with a few seconds of magic.

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The Gareth Bale Betting Saga

Neutral observers seem to be of the opinion that Bale has been harshly treated and with Zinedine Zidane returning to the club, the Welshman’s future almost certainly lies outside of the Bernabeu. Although United remain at short odds of around 2/1 to sign the Welshman this summer, those who collect free bets from sites such as https://freebets.uk/ will still be able to find some value should Bale turn up at Old Trafford in August. If you fancy a flutter on Bale to come back to the Premier League with Tottenham at 7/1, a quick look at a free bets calculator should help you decide whether your punts a good one or not.

An Aging Squad

Thirteen players in Real Madrid’s squad are over the age of 27 and Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Marcelo are all the wrong side of 30. Although Sergio Reguilon, Dani Ceballos, Brahim Diaz, Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio have earned minutes this season, the latter is the only one to regularly break through.

That said, Paul Pogba fits the bill of a young and hungry midfielder whose best years are ahead of him and at 4/5 to sign from United this summer, the Frenchman could be the marquee signing needed to tempt other top players to the club.

Crisis or Blip?

Assessing where Real Madrid are at the moment is a difficult task – the club became the first in history to win three consecutive Champions League titles when they defeated Liverpool 3-1 last year in Kyiv. However, the team went out in the last 16 to an impressive Ajax side, finished 19 points behind champions Barcelona and were also beaten by them in the semi-final of the Copa Del Rey.

Off the pitch, things are going well for Madrid, as our discussion of their recent sponsorship deals on https://www.gamblerspost.com/ shows. On the field, it’s probably not quite a crisis yet. If anyone can turn it around then Zidane is the man, but will he be afforded the time to do so? Only Florentino Perez knows the answer to that.

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