2017-18 Real Madrid Home Shirt Size Small
Team: Real Madrid
Era: 2017-18 (Used during the 2017 Supercopa de Espana, the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup Final, the 2017-18 La Liga season, and the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final)
This shirt comes to you in nothing short of excellent condition! As close to brand new you can get; the decal, embroidery, material and club crest are nothing short of immense!
Pit to Pit Measurement: 18inches
Shirt Length: 27 inches
Teal/cyan would be the interesting colour of choice chosen by Adidas to supplement the classic white of Real Madrid for their 2017-18 season home ensemble. A v-neck collar would also be used for the first time since the 2012-13 season, and like that season’s shirt, the crest would also be embroidered, following the plastic heat applied emblem utilised in the preceding two seasons. The main feature of the shirt would be the diagonal stripes that were subtly embossed into the material of the shirt. This shirt would become immortalised as it was worn in Real Madrid’s 13th European Cup triumph; as they beat Liverpool 3-1 in Kyiv on May 26th 2018 to win the title for a 3rd season in a row! This shirt also holds the distinction of being the last to be worn by the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo before he moved to Juventus in the summer of 2018.
Real Madrid would reach the most incredible of heights at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season; ending a 4 season wait for La Liga, retaining the FIFA Club World Club, winning the UEFA Super Cup and most impressively, they would successfully defend the UEFA Champions League when they defeated Juventus. As expected, the likes of: Pepe, James Rodriguez, Fabio Coentrao, Alvaro Morata and Danilo all parted ways with the club, meanwhile an eye was kept on the future with Dani Ceballos, Theo Hernandez, Achraf Hakimi, Jesus Vallejo, Marco Llorente and Borja Mayoral all coming in aged 20 or under.
Another monster of a calendar began on August 8th 2017 when Real Madrid successfully defended the UEFA Super Cup following a 2-1 win over Manchester United in Skopje. Any critics of Zinedine Zidane and his side would have surely been blown away as they laid a statement of intent in the Supercopa de Espana; beating Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate to win the title for the first time since 2012! Not even a Sergio Ramos red card could dampen the mood as they got La Liga off to a winning start; beating Deportivo La Coruna 3-0 at La Riazor. Cracks would begin to show however not too long after, and after just 5 games, their La Liga title defence was looking in jeopardy as they sat 7 points adrift of leaders Barcelona.
A run of 7 wins in 8 in all competitions got the wheels moving again, but a stunning defeat away to newly promoted Girona on October 29th allowed Atletico Madrid to move level with them on 20 points after 10 games. As the FIFA Club World Cup approached; Real would successfully navigate the Group Stage of the Champions League, however, a 2nd place finish would give them the unenviable task of playing Paris Saint Germain in the Last 16, meanwhile in the league, they’d ready themselves for the visit of Barcelona on December 23rd. Before then, the club would win their 5th title of 2017 as they were crowned as FIFA Club World Cup champions for the 2nd successive season on December 16th!
Unfortunately, on their return on home soil 7 days later, they would fall to Barcelona to all but see their defence end. The New Year wouldn’t fare much better for their form either as they now in a battle just to finish in 2nd place, while also suffering an ignominious exit from the Copa del Rey. The Champions League would still be there however, and Cristiano Ronaldo now starting hit his stride after a lukewarm first half of the season, turned in a brace as Real saw off PSG 3-1 at the Bernabeu on February 14th.
They’d finish the job on March 6th; beating the French side 2-1 at the Parc de Princes to set up a rematch of their Champions League final with Juventus, and by now, ‘Los Blancos’ were red-hot; winning 13 games out 16 since January 18th, and that was form totally abundant as the swept Juve aside 3-0 at the Juventus Stadium on April 3rd! Even more famous than the result, would be Cristiano Ronaldo’s otherworldly overhead kick goal that even drew the applause of a flabbergasted home support. Little did they foresee the 2nd Leg 8 days later however, where Juve would lead 3-0 until stoppage time, where a Lucas Vasquez won a contentious penalty, that Ronaldo lashed home to send Real Madrid through to an 8th successive Champions League semi-final!
Their opponents in the semi-final would be a familiar adversary: Bayern Munich. Real Madrid would once again pull off another incredible away win; defeat Bayern at the Allianz 2-1 in the first leg on April 25th! May 6th would turn out to be a seminal moment in football history, as it was the last ever Messi vs Ronaldo ‘El Clasico’ Fittingly, the game would end 2-2 with both men scoring in the contest. With a 3rd place finish looking more and more likely; only winning the Champions League could save the season. They would have to utilise all of their reserves as they held Bayern to a 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu; thus reaching the European Cup final for a 3rd season in a row!
A La Liga season that couldn’t end soon enough for the former champions ended with a 2-2 draw with Villarreal; thus relegating them to a 3rd place finish for the first time since 2004. The showdown with Liverpool took place on May 26th and after a tense goalless first half, Karim Benzema got his long awaited goal in a Champions League final, however, it was Gareth Bale who proved himself the saviour; his 2 incredible goals, including a bicycle kick of his own, earnt Real a 3-1 win over Liverpool and an unprecedented 2nd successive Champions League title defence! Little would anyone know however, that was would be both Cristiano Ronaldo’s last game in a Real Madrid shirt and Zinedine Zidane’s last game in charge before stepping down…
The notable players that season were:
Cristiano Ronaldo, Borja Mayoral, Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vasquez, Gareth Bale, Marcos Llorente, Isco, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Mateo Kovacic, Dani Ceballos, Dani Carvajal, Marcelo, Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Jesus Valejo, Achraf Hakimi, Raphael Varane, Theo Hernandez, Keylor Navas, Kiko Casilla
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