Three Straight FIFA Club World Cup Titles, Many Differences

Three Straight FIFA Club World Cup Titles, Many Differences


Real Madrid is getting use to lift a title in the last days of the year. After the winning against Al-Ain, Los Blancos have won three straight FIFA Club World and they have 7 world titles in the Bernabéu Museum. However, after one year many things have changed in the team although the DNA of the club continues: winning.

New Manager: The first and most important change came in summer and in the bench. Zinedine Zidane left the club after winning his third Champions League title. Florentino Pérez and the supporters were shocked and sad after his departure. Julen Lopetegui was signed but it was a terrible mistake. After El Clásico, he was sacked and Solari was hired. One title already for the Argentinian CV.

Without Cristiano Ronaldo. Cristiano Ronaldo played the Serie A game against AS Roma while Real Madrid players were touching silverware again. The Portuguese star decided to leave the club and he announced it in the worst moment, after winning the Champions League. Meanwhile, Gareth Bale is the new star of the team, scoring a hat-trick in the semi-finals. The Welshman is still very far from Cristiano Ronaldo’s stats.

Change of Goalkeeper. Keylor Navas was Zinedine Zidane’s goalkeeper. The Costa Rican player conquered the heart of the supporters for his performances in the Champions League and his humbleness. However, the club decided to sign Thibaut Courtois, the best goalkeeper in the World Cup. The Belgian is playing better and better and no one argues anymore his skills.

Change of ranks. Isco or Marco Asensio were very important for Zinedine Zidane. However, this year they are playing very bad and the bench has been his place in the last months. Isco has troubles even with the supporters and Asensio got injured in Abu Dhabi. Meanwhile, Lucas Vázquez had won his spot in the line-up with Solari.