Madrid’s long reign as champions is over after a shock second leg defeat to Ajax – a result that will have huge ramifications in the Spanish capital
Electric Ajax stunned the 13-time European champions at the Santiago Bernabeu with a 4-1 (5-3 aggregate) victory, ending their reign of over 1,000 days as kings of the continent.
Madrid have won the Champions League three times consecutively but the departure of Manager Zidane and superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo has unsettled the club and made it ordinary.
And Madrid’s veteran generals will fade too. Santiago Solari has started that process by dumping Marcelo, Gareth Bale and Isco on the bench – or in the case of the latter, in the stands – although he too will fall.