On the home page of their website Real Madrid proudly shows four of their players selected in the UEFA team of 2018. Not on the picture, however, is the talisman who inspired them last year to make history, and which was also selected in that team of the year.
It may be expected that Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Marcelo are the players who pose in this season's comic strip. Cristiano Ronaldo did not stay around long enough to try it for the size.
Click on the article and there is a short mention that Ronaldo also mentioned in the team, but it is curiously underexposed that they had five not four players on the gala-XI of UEFA. It is also an example of a very subtle removal of Ronaldo from the public face of the club that broke all records during his nine-year spell.
Since his transfer to Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo is increasingly being ignored by Real Madrid
The inclusion of Ronaldo in the UEFA.com team of the year was not on the club's website, although he played an important role in winning the Champions League in 2018
Ronaldo also played in the team, but it is oddly underrepresented on the Real Madrid website
Hardly had he left Real Madrid last summer, the club did not stop him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – unlike Manchester United, who still follow their legendary number 7. It would have lost real access to its 32 million-plus Twitter followers it seemed like they were taking a clean break. It became a mutual separation of social media when Ronaldo later reacted in the same way.
They know that they can completely wipe out almost a decade of history and he still has their place in the legends of their website, but they stop bragging about the fact that one of the biggest players of all time has done their best the Bernabeu.
Elsewhere on the website of Real, the subtle shift of focus from Ronaldo continues. The club chose to present Alfredo Di Stefano and Zinedine Zidane, instead of Ronaldo, as figureheads for their sections on football history and football legends.
In a section that celebrates the most important trophies of the club, Ronaldo can only be seen in the background of a trophy picture, while the likes of Ramos, Modric, Marcelo and former captain Iker Casillas are central.
There are suggestions that the club has done its best to keep the images of Ronaldo minimal on their official television channel. If they want to show the best moments of another player and there are highlights of him who score from Ronaldo's assists or help a Ronaldo goal, they will look for other highlights with other players.
The club has chosen to show Alfredo Di Stefano and Zinedine Zidane, instead of Ronaldo, in their sections Football History and Football Legends on their website.
A source near Ronaldo told Sportsmail that the theory that he was drilled out where possible was a solid one, but that it was nothing special – it happens to all players when they leave the club. Real Madrid always continues.
That is true to a certain extent. Even club captain Raul had to wait three years for a fitting tribute to his 741 matches and 323 goals.
Prior to the tribute match that was dedicated to him and played against his new team, Al Sadd in 2013, he said: "Three years ago I said goodbye in this press room, but I could not say goodbye to the fans like I wanted. & # 39;
Part of the reason for the delay in a worthy & # 39; adios & # 39; for Raul was that he moved to another Champions League team, Schalke. It was only when he was no longer a potential rival for Real Madrid that love began to show.
Ronaldo gets his own page in the club legends section, next to Iker Casillas and more
Ronaldo can only be seen on the background of one photo (second photo on the right, second from the left) in a section with details of the most recent big trophies of the club
It might be the same for Ronaldo. The whole time he is at the Champions League favorites Juventus, he is temporarily considered as & # 39; one of them & # 39; and not & # 39; any of us & # 39 ;. That can change very well if he goes further with European football.
The only place where Real Madrid has not moved, is on the field. They remain miles behind leaders Barcelona in La Liga; the scored goals column is 10 years low and ports have also reached a low point.
Real Madrid supporters accepted Ronaldo's departure in the summer, but they might not have done as well if they were told he would be replaced by a 21-year-old B-team player named Cristo.
CRISTIANO RONALDO AT REAL MADRID
438 games, 450 goals
Champions League x4
La Liga x2
Copa del Rey x2
UEFA Super Cup x2
Club World Cup x3
Spanish Super Cup x2
Balloon d & # 39; Or x4
The best FIFA player for men x2
Gold boot x3
It was Cristo Gonzalez who arrived in front of Karim Benzema in the recent victory at Real Betis. The decision not to buy a top quality replacement for Ronaldo has failed spectacularly.
At that stage of the season, Madrid had scored only 28 goals, 25 less than Barcelona and their worst score at this stage of the season for a quarter of a century.
In the nine years that Ronaldo was at the club, Real Madrid had an average of 48 goals halfway through the season, 20 more than this season.
Benzema is the top scorer of the club with seven goals but there are 10 players in Spain who have scored more and Ronaldo has 14 for Juventus.
The last season of Ronaldo in the club was that the team scored at least 73 times a series. This season they have written a zero in all competitions in seven games.
The Real Madrid players miss Ronaldo and they have begun to give in. & # 39; We lack goals & # 39 ;, Luka Modric said after a recent defeat. The fans miss him too. They did not always know the perceived arrogance, but he was a winner and the football that he helped to produce the team was exciting.
Presence is not available at this time. There were 30,000 empty places last weekend and 40,000 in mid-week in last-16 cups.
If the results do not improve, supporters may start to sing his name as Manchester United fans did long after he left. However, it is unlikely. It took years before they succeeded while he was in the club and over the years there were regular spotters of ridicule – something he would never understand after such a total admiration at United.
Eventually the jury is informed how he will be remembered in the long term. If he stops playing for Juventus, we might find out.
Alfredo Di Stefano has a statue on the training ground of the club for the B-team stadium named after him.
Despite the lack of recognition from the club, Ronaldo remains one of their biggest players ever
Ronaldo surpassed Di Stefano in many ways, because he became the best top scorer in the club and also let Raul pass in the process. But Di Stefano had to wait many years for so much respect and recognition.
He left Real Madrid in 1964 after 418 goals in 510 games and, as Ian Hawkey evokes in his outstanding biography with the title "Di Stefano", the then Real Madrid president Santiago Bernabeu was so pissed by the way of his farewell that he changed the name of his luxury yacht from The Blond Arrow & # 39; (the nickname of Di Stefano) to Marizapalos in honor of his wife.
Di Stefano had a brief period as coach of Madrid from 1982 to 1984, which ended in the fact that his contract was not renewed and he raged against President Luis de Carlos because he believed that he was politically used and then hung out to dry.
It took until 2000 before he received the title of honoury president from the recently elected president Florentino Perez of the club. Welcomed back in the bosom of the club, he became a worthy figurehead for 14 years until his death.
Ronaldo would one day get the respect that his 450 goals in 438 games deserve, but it will not happen when they miss him so often on the field and he scores goals for Juventus.