Real Madrid is undergoing a bad season after selling key striker Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. No longer the service of CR7, the attack power of the Spanish Royal team has decreased markedly.
According to statistics, in 9 years of playing for Real (from 2009 to 2018), Ronaldo has scored 451 goals in 438 matches. It was a time when goals were always a redundancy in Real. The difference that former star M.U brought is very clearly expressed by the number of goals Real scored in the first season Ronaldo is present at the Bernabeu higher than the previous season (119 versus 104).
By the time the 34-year-old Portuguese to Italy played football, the “White vulture” attack once again disappointed with only 108 net hits, meaning an average of 1.92 goals / The match (this number last season reached 148, equivalent to 2.38 goals / match).
In fact, in the last 10 years, this is the first time Real has achieved an average number of goals per game, up to 2. In addition, their win rate has never been so low (under 60%). Before the 2018/19 season, the last time Real scored less this season was the 1999/00 season (averaging just 1.73 goals per game).
After changing the club, Ronaldo is still playing well when he contributed 32 phases for the old lady of Turin. Meanwhile, in Real, except for striker Karim Benzema, he meets the requirements with 30 times to make the opponent’s net, there is no attacking player of the white shirt team that makes the fans feel secure.
Evidence that the running star Gareth Bale has only “opened fire” 14 times in 42 games. Marco Asensio and Isco are worse than when they scored 6 goals, 1 unit higher than what Lucas Vazquez did.
De Ligt is only waiting to set a date for the arrival of the Nou Camp
Many leading sports newspapers in Europe claim that Barca has finished negotiating the transfer of De Ligt to the Nou Camp. The 19-year-old will sign the Catalunya team in the next few days with a transfer fee of around 75 million euros.
Matthijs de Ligt midfielder is only a few steps away from the door of the Nou Camp. According to Catalunya radio, in just a few days, after Ajax officially crowned in the Dutch league this year, the Dutch player will immediately sign a contract with Barca. De Ligt’s transfer fee is expected to be around 75 million euros.
Yesterday, Ajax executive Edwin van der Sar also publicly acknowledged, this will be De Ligt’s last season to play for them. Although not mentioned specifically where De Ligt will go, but the words of Van der Sar show the possibility that this 19-year-old player will visit the Nou Camp. On the same day, Marca daily reported, the transfer of De Ligt to Barca is considered complete.
It is known that on April 12, representative Mino Raiola of De Ligt and Barca officials, led by sports director Eric Abidal, negotiated in Monte Carlo. Soon after that, the Catalunya team confidently announced that they would surely win the excellent Dutch central defender in the summer of 2019, despite De Ligt being also pursued by many reputable teams in it. Man United, Liverpool, Juventus …
Until yesterday, De Ligt still announced that there was no decision about the future. But according to experts, it is only his way of speaking out when things have not officially fallen out (De Ligt has not signed a contract for Barca). The Mirror even revealed that the Dutch player has negotiated personal terms with Barca and will receive very high wages when joining the Nou Camp. The source added, De Ligt nodded to Barca at the call of teammate Frenkie de Jong – the midfielder had previously agreed to join Barca from next season.
De Ligt emerged as one of the best midfielders in Europe today, especially in his journey with Ajax to the Champions League semi-final this season. He is rated as a smart defender, solidly playing, capable of judging good situations, having the ability to pass good ball and playing excellent football. In short, he is judged by experts as a “rare commodity” of football today with a very comprehensive ability to play.
Barca does not lack central defender. In the hands of Ernesto Valverde, there are 3 good players in this role, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti, besides contingency plans including Jean-Clair Todibo, Jeison Murillo and Thomas Vermaelen. However, Barca still decided to buy De Ligt, partly to replace Pique’s position, partly because the Catalunya team is planning to sell Umtiti midfielder this summer.
In an interview not too long ago, Dutch coach Ronald Koeman supported De Ligt abroad to play. The 56-year-old strategist did not hesitate to point out that he found the Ajax star very suitable for Barca’s style. As a reminder, Koeman is a midfielder in Dream-Team of the legendary coach Johan Cruyff who contributed to helping Barca win the Champions League for the first time. Recently, there are reports that Barca are aiming for Koeman to replace Valverde coach and most likely he will continue to be the teacher of De Ligt at the Nou Camp next season.
De Ligt plays well in both defensive midfield positions
In his career, De Ligt has been ranked as a defensive midfielder 7 times (in the Netherlands U-17 and U-19). He played impressively in all 7 matches and scored 1 goal in this new role. Barca always likes the versatile player model like De Ligt.