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This was 2018: Real Madrid rewrite the history

The editors of Sports/Voetbalmagazine prefer her sportmomenten of the year. Guillaume Gautier has opted for the third consecutive Champions League victory of Real Madrid.

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It is as if they have to them without them really asking. Only Real Madrid has that kind of attraction to the much-coveted Champions League trophy. After the two editions before that won, was the Royal of Madrid in the spring a third consecutive crown at the palmares. Almost without effort.

The CL edition 2018 was the story of a transitional year. FC Barcelona was looking for a way to the talent of Lionel Messi optimally to surround in what was his last cycle should be on the blaugrana. Bayern went back to the old ingrediëntenkast of Jupp Heynckes to a mediocre season to brighten up. Atlético Madrid were relegated to the Europa League and Juventus was still stuck in the stage after the trauma of Cardiff, where the Italians a few months earlier, a painful 4-1 pandoering in the final, were assigned the troops of Zinedine Zidane.

Compared to the enthusiasm of the Reds of Jürgen Klopp and the fate of the Roma of the champions ‘ manager insists, and Nainggolan was so Real. In their own country on a disappointing third-place finished, and closer to the number six Betis than the champion of Catalonia. But still able to European a few gala evenings, from the feet to turn. Even though it took Toni Duckweed, Luka Modric and Casemiro is not their usual level. The goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, the parades of Keylor Navas and, especially, the stratospheric performance of Sergio Ramos -wrongly traced to that one duel with Mo Salah – sufficient to the already bulging gallery of Real Madrid continue to to fill.

The last time that a club three times in a row, the European oppergaai managed to win, dating back to the seventies, when the Bayern Munich of Franz Beckenbauer three European cups in a row won. Just like the Ajax of Johan Cruyff that something did earlier. An era which we all thought it could no longer repeat. The voetbalspelletje may be permanently changed, in any case it seems not a vessel to have on the grandeur of Real Madrid.

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