Real Madrid break unwanted record of nine-years highlighting the influence of Cristiano Ronaldo
Posted: 20 August 2018 Time: 19:00
Real Madrid broke an unwanted record this weekend which highlighted the incredible influence of club-record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real may have got off to a winning start in their 2018/19 LaLiga campaign without Ronaldo but they set a remarkable record too.
During the 2-0 victory over Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu, only 48,466 supporters pitched in the 81,044 seater stadium.
It marked their lowest attendance figures in nine years, which ironically was the last game before Ronaldo joined the club back from Manchester United back in 2009.
Having departed to Juventus as arguably the club's greatest ever player, with 450 goals in 438 games, it's become apparent that Los Blancos may need to find a replacement in marketing terms and sporting terms - judging by their performance in the UEFA Super Cup defeat to Atletico.
Gareth Bale has been earmarked as the man to step into the shoes of the Portugal captain, but teammate Nacho has played down the notion.
Madrid man Nacho Fernandez was asked about the departure of Ronaldo following the win, and whether Bale now has something to prove.
"Bale does not have to fill Ronaldo's shoes, they are two different players," he said after the Getafe game, as quoted by Marca.
"Ronaldo's time here was an era and he was very important to us, but Gareth is his own player and very important too, he does not need to prove his worth to anyone here.
"Everybody here is with Gareth including all the players, coaches and the fans - he is very happy at Madrid and he is playing like that, full of confidence."