Real Madrid are back in the 'Dark Ages' since after Ronaldo's departure
The stats show that Blancos have gone back to the days before Ronaldo first joined the club, and those are clearly not the happy ones.
The Portuguese icon left for Juventus, leaving a healthy legacy behind himself - 451 goals for Real Madrid and a handful of trophies. Clearly enough, everyone at Real Madrid were hopeful Gareth Bale would rise up to the occasion and to fill in the attacking void, yet the stats show otherwise.
Ahead of Madrid's last game of the season against Real Betis this Sunday the club are facing their worst goalscoring total since the 2008/09 campaign - exactly the one before Cristiano Ronaldo joined Blancos.
Real Madrid have managed just 108 goals, four more than in 2008/09 and are challenging for absolutely nothing.
🇵🇹 @Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018:— SPORF (@Sporf) December 31, 2018
🏟 53 Games
⚽️ 49 Goals
🎯 13 Assists
🏆 Champions League
🏅 FIFPro World XI
🥈 Ballon d’Or
✍️ €100m move to @JuventusFC
🎉 400 career goals in 🇪🇺 top 5 leagues
⚪️ @RealMadrid’s top goalscorer, despite leaving in July
🙌 Class is permanent. pic.twitter.com/ntaNNHTt6u
Meanwhile, with Ronaldo in the squad, Los Blancos hit 174 and 173 goals in the 2011/12 and 2016/17 campaigns respectively, picking up La Liga titles on both occasions.
Before the game with Betis, the Whites have scored 40 fewer goals than last season, sliding down from an average of 2.3 goals per game to 1.9.
The lower goal average than this season was to be found in 1999/00 with 1.73 goals per game.
It was no other than Karim Benzema who succeeded in making the biggest goalscoring contribution - his total of 30 goals in all competitions is just two goals short of his club record.
Other than that, Bale has scored 14 goals in 42 outings with Marco Asensio and Isco having six goals each. Lucas Vazquez, meanwhile, scored five.