2016-17 Real Madrid 3rd Shirt Size Medium - Ronaldo #7
Team: Real Madrid
Era: 2016-17 (Used for the 2016-17 La Liga season)
Name/Number: Ronaldo #7
This article comes to you in nothing short of excellent condition, looking almost brand new, such is the degree that it has been maintained! The material, sponsor decal, name and numbering print and heat applied plastic crest are all simply immaculate!
Pit to Pit Measurement: 20.5 inches
Shirt Length: 29 inches
Made by Adidas in their ‘ClimaCool’ range of shirts which they introduced in 2016, the dimensions would suggest they are ideal for a relaxed size medium fitting shirt, however, if you are a size large who prefers a more fitted shirt, this could be more than ideal!
Adidas would bring black back as Real Madrid’s 3rd shirt colours with a pale indigo being used as the secondary colour, creating an altogether unique hitherto seen combination as the club’s alternate colours! Keeping in league with Adidas’ new templates that they brought to the fore in 2016; this model would exercise the 3-stripes synonymous with brand down the side panels as the home shirt did also. The standout feature of this shirt would be how the indigo is broken up along the sleeves of the shirt; creating an almost crop-circle design; quite ominous given how out of this world Real Madrid were in 2016-17! This shirt would be worn as Real Madrid kicked off the 2016-17 La Liga season with a win away against Real Sociedad, and was then reprised in the wins away from home against: Sporting Gijon, Granada, Celta Vigo and against Malaga on the final game of the season when Real Madrid ended their long 5 year wait to be crowned as champions of Spain!
An unbelievable 2015-16 season that featured a disqualification from the Copa del Rey and a mid-season managerial change would culminate in coming within a point of winning La Liga and winning an 11th UEFA Champions League title when they defeated Atletico Madrid in a rematch of their 2014 Final!
Zinedine Zidane in his first full season in charge of the club, would see minimal action take place in the summer transfer window as Jese and Alvaro Arbeloa were the most significant departures, while Alvaro Morata was re-signed from Juventus, while Mariano Diaz and Marco Asensio were given berths in the senior side.
A 2016-17 season which presented 5 opportunities for silverware began on 09/08/16 when they met Sevilla in the 2016 UEFA Super Cup showdown in Norway. Unlike their easy victory when the two sides met in the 2014 edition, a see-saw affair would require a Sergio Ramos equaliser in stoppage time to drag extra time out, before Dani Carvajal’s 119th minute winner spared penalties and gifted Real Madrid a 3-2 win and their first title win of the season!
The 2016-17 La Liga season began with a 3-0 win over Real Sociedad at La Anoeta, and this would be the first of a 16 game unbeaten start to the league season! Along the way, they would thrash Atletico Madrid 3-0 on 19/11/16 and secure a late 1-1 draw away against Barcelona on 03/12/16 and after they defeated Deportivo La Coruna 3-2 7 days later; they would leave for FIFA Club World Cup duty with a healthy 6 point lead at the top of the table!
They would end a fantastic year of 2016 by winning the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup after wins over Club America of Mexico before defeating Japanese side – Kashima Antlers 4-2 after extra time with the Asian Cup champions playing on home soil in their native Japan. Impressively, Real Madrid were unbeaten in all 26 games played across all competitions so far this season, and had to go back to 6th April when they were beaten by Wolfsburg in the Champions League Last 16 1st Leg o record their last defeat at all! Their unbeaten run from that juncture was 37 in a row, and in all 54 games played in 2016, they would win 48 of those games, making it one of the greatest ever calendar years for a team!
Back on the La Liga front, they returned to action in 2017 against Granada on 7th January where they registered a 5-0 win, however, the bubble would burst away against Sevilla on 15th January as they were finally beaten; losing 2-1 away from home. Although Zinedine Zidane’s side would lose to Valencia in February, and then fall to a stunning 3-3 draw with Las Palmas on 1st March, they would remain in the drivers seat at the top of the table, and not even a defeat to Barcelona in the 23rd April Clasico could deny Real Madrid their destiny as they went on win La Liga by a 3 point margin!
After winning a second UEFA Champions League title in the space of three seasons, could Real Madrid pull off what had never been done before and successfully defend the UEFA Champions League title? They would begin this quest in a group that also featured: Legia Warsaw, Sporting CP and Borussia Dortmund. The defending champions would successfully navigate a 2nd place finish where they would meet Napoli in the Round of 16.
Despite going behind in both legs, Real Madrid would comfortably win each leg 3-1 to secure a 6-2 aggregate advance, however, old-rivals would reacquaint in the somewhat unfamiliar stage of the quarter final as Bayern Munich were up next! Bayern were now coached by Carlo Ancelotti who guided Real Madrid to their Decima Champions League win in 2014 and his understudy on the touchline that day was none other than Zinedine Zidane! A back and forth tie saw Real win the 1st Leg in Munich on 12th April 2-1, before Bayern would win 2-1 in the 2nd Leg to set up extra time! Down the stretch, Cristiano Ronaldo would end the evening with a hat-trick, while Marco Asensio added another fine goal to his growing collection to help Real Madrid progress to the semi-final by way of a 6-3 aggregate score-line!
As if all of Real Madrid’s toughtest opponents in recent times were in order; next would come their nemesis of each of the last three Champions League competitions – Atletico Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo would be the scourge of the neighbours yet again as he netted a hat-trick to win the 1st leg 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu! The 2nd Leg was quite the opposite as Atletico stormed into a 2-0 lead, however, Isco’s goal would settle the nerves with Real Madrid winning 4-2 on aggregate!
Their right to defend the Champions League title would take place against Juventus in Cardiff in what was a rematch of the 1998 Final! The game would be on a knife-edge at half-time with the score at 1-1. The 2nd half however, was a masterclass from the defending champions as Real Madrid breached the seemingly impenetrable Juve’ defence 3 more times en route to a comprehensive 4-1 win and with it, the distinction of being 12x champions, and the only team to have ever successfully defended the title!
The notable players that season were:
Cristiano Ronaldo, Alvaro Morata, Mariano Diaz, Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vasquez, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Isco, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Mateo Kovacic, Danilo, Dani Carvajal, Marcelo, Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Arbeloa, Pepe, Raphael Varane, Fabio Coentrao, Keylor Navas, Kiko Casilla
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