Real Madrid have finally clinched the long-awaited La Liga title and every single player in the squad had played their part as Zinedine Zidane focused on heavy rotations especially when the fixtures in other competitions were piling up. It is safe to say that the rotations worked out brilliantly!

La Liga Report Card:

Goalkeepers – 

Keylor Navas: C+
Appearances = 27
Minutes Played = 2,430
Yellow Cards = 2
Red Cards = 0

Keylor Navas had a very fluctuating season as he started off injured before coming back and making a few unexpected mistakes, which people blamed on match practice. With time, they began asking for his head as he simply did not improve at any point. The past couple months though, the Costa Rican goalkeeper has been sensational with some saves that have helped Los Blancos win games while they seemed to be on the back foot.

Kiko Casilla: B+
Appearances = 11
Minutes Played = 990
Yellow Cards = 0
Red Cards = 0

With eleven games under his belt this season, Kiko Casilla was always someone that the Madridistas felt safe having in goal. This is not to say that he was a better choice than Keylor Navas, but he was the better one during the period that the Costa Rican wasn’t at his best. Casilla started off the season because of Navas’ injury and showed that he was someone that the Real Madrid squad could definitely count on.

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Ruben Yanez:
N/A

Defenders – 

Danilo: D+
Appearances = 17
Minutes Played = 1,488
Goals Scores = 1
Assists = 2
Yellow Cards = 2
Red Cards = 0

Not a great season for Danilo by any means as the Brazilian defender had to live with the criticism headed his way throughout most of it because of poor performances. In all fairness, he tried his very best to get through it all but he simply was never good enough. Zidane seems to trust him at times though and it’s difficult to predict whether he will continue to be a Real Madrid player next season or not.

Daniel Carvajal: B+
Appearances = 21(2)
Minutes Played = 2,015
Goals Scored = 1
Assists = 4
Yellow Cards = 11
Red Cards = 0

Daniel Carvajal has continued to improve this season and has proven himself to be an integral part of the Real Madrid squad. His Madridismo shines through during every second he spends on the pitch and his ability is matched only by the best right-backs in the world. He is currently in a race against time to be fit for the UEFA Champions League Final and everyone is hoping he will be able to make it.

Pepe: B
Appearances = 13
Minutes Played = 1,081
Goals Scored = 2
Assists = 1
Yellow Cards = 1
Red Cards = 0

Pepe is no longer a starter for Real Madrid and he is expecting to leave at the end of the season since he has not signed a new contract with the club yet but that is not to say that he isn’t a defender any club can count on. The Portuguese has been quite magnificent throughout the season and has caused trouble for every attack that he was lined up against. An injury to his rib saw him miss the majority of the past few months but he has been great this year and even if he leaves, he can definitely leave with his head held high.

Marcelo: A
Appearances = 26(4)
Minutes Played = 2,277
Goals Scored = 2
Assists = 10
Yellow Cards = 2
Red Cards = 0

One of the best and most consistent Real Madrid players this season, Marcelo was brilliant during the whole campaign. Unfortunately, he couldn’t benefit too much from being rested since his backup options aren’t the greatest but he has always come out with a great display whenever called upon. A memorable season for the Los Merengues vice-captain.

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Sergio Ramos: B+
Appearances = 28
Minutes Played = 2,489
Goals Scored = 7
Assists = 0
Yellow Cards = 8
Red Cards – 1

Our captain and savior Sergio Ramos had yet another stellar season but, since he’s Sergio Ramos, it didn’t come without its drama. His only red card in La Liga this year came against Barcelona (a game which we lost) and he let his anger and frustration get to him a few times while giving away extremely cheap penalties. At the same time, he has shown that he can score goals, defend like a beast, and deserve to be called the Captain of Real Madrid.

Raphael Varane: B-
Appearances = 23
Minutes Played = 1,928
Goals Scored = 1
Assists = 2
Yellow Cards = 1
Red Cards = 0

Raphael Varane struggled with injuries for yet another season and it’s worrying but when he has been able to play, he has been able to do very well. During his early days, a lot of hype surrounded him and he may not have been able to live up to the hype but he is still a great defender. He should be a starter next season alongside Sergio Ramos and hopefully his injury worries will be a thing of the past.

Nacho Fernandez: B+
Appearances = 24(4)
Minutes Played = 2,302
Goals Scored = 2
Assists = 3
Yellow Cards = 4
Red Cards = 0

At 27-years-old, it’s safe to say that Nacho Fernandez has finally had his breakout season with Real Madrid. Due to injuries to the squad as well as the fact that he can play anywhere alongside the backline, Nacho was given numerous chances and has been able to take each and every single one of them extremely well! Zidane kept him in the team because he knew the Spanish defender would be important and that has definitely proven to be the case.

Fabio Coentrao: C
Appearances = 2(1)
Minutes Played = 169
Goals Scored = 0
Assists = 1
Yellow Cards = 0
Red Cards = 0

A difficult season in many ways for Fabio Coentrao as he was either injured or not called upon for much of it. Made a couple appearances during the last few months and came out with decent performances and an assist to his name, which is always great. He is pretty much definitely leaving at the end of the season and it’s important that we do not forget everything this man has given us during his career, including La Decima!

Midfielders – 

Toni Kroos: A-
Appearances = 28(1)
Minutes Played = 2,501
Goals Scored = 3
Assists = 12
Yellow Cards = 6
Red Cards = 0

Another magnificent season for Toni Kroos who has been able to show his skill and his class throughout the year. He is an integral part of Zinedine Zidane’s plans and the German midfielder has repaid the faith with some extraordinary performances throughout the full season. The Liga trophy is the least he deserves for his performances.

James Rodriguez: C-
Appearances = 13(9)
Minutes Played = 1,180
Goals Scored = 8
Assists = 6
Yellow Cards = 1
Red Cards = 0

This has not in any way been James Rodriguez’s best season with Real Madrid as it’s highly expected that the Colombian midfielder will be moving during the summer transfer window. He has gotten a few opportunities but has not been able to impress during all of them as he’s had quite a few ups and downs during the season.

Isco: A
Appearances = 18(12)
Minutes Played = 1,638
Goals Scored = 10
Assists = 8
Yellow Cards = 4
Red Cards = 0

A brilliant season from Isco but it was not like that throughout the full campaign. The Spanish midfielder had to fight for a spot and, due to injuries, he was finally given opportunities to impress and has been able to showcase his skill to the world. Isco has improved a lot from the player that we first signed and Real Madrid need to find a way to keep him happy in order to make sure that he continues to shine for our club. If he leaves, we will definitely regret it.

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Luka Modric: B+
Appearances = 22(3)
Minutes Played = 1,892
Goals Scored = 1
Assists = 2
Yellow Cards = 2
Red Cards = 0

Yet another midfielder who has had a very good season is Luka Modric. Because of fatigue, he went through a slight rough patch in the middle of the season which is understandable but the Croatian came back very strong and ended the campaign on a very high note.

Carlos Casemiro: B
Appearances = 20(5)
Minutes Played = 1,709
Goals Scored = 4
Assists = 0
Yellow Cards = 9
Red Cards = 0

There is no one in the squad that can do what Carlos Casemiro does. The Brazilian is able to command his position brilliantly and cause countless problems for the opposing team. The problem with him is how aggressive he can get as it’s difficult to find him going through a game without fouling or getting a yellow card (it’s worth also mentioning that he escaped a couple red cards luckily at times). He’s a great player but still has some improvements he will need to work on.

Mateo Kovacic: B
Appearances = 19(8)
Minutes Played = 1,689
Goals Scored = 1
Assists = 3
Yellow Cards = 2
Red Cards = 0

I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we would have loved to see more of Mateo Kovacic this season but he slowly is gaining the trust of Zinedine Zidane and it’s very obvious as we saw him more often as the year wore on. The Croatian offers a different dynamic and seems like he will be a great replacement for Modric when he eventually moves on. A good season from him and hope he is able to stay with us when the next season begins

Marco Asensio: A-
Appearances = 11(12)
Minutes Played = 1,077
Goals Scored = 3
Assists = 2
Yellow Cards = 0
Red Cards = 0

What a season from Marco Asensio! He hasn’t played that much in the league but he did enough to show that he is extremely mature for a 20-year-old. The young Spaniard has an extremely bright future ahead of him and we are extremely fortunate to be able to have him in our roster. He will probably have a bigger role next season as Zidane’s admiration for him is not a secret to anyone.

Lucas Vazquez: B
Appearances = 12(21)
Minutes Played = 1,386
Goals Scored = 2
Assists = 7
Yellow Cards = 4
Red Cards = 0

Another player who has had quite a good season, Lucas Vazquez has been able to come out with the goods this year. Zidane likes him and takes advantage of the fact that Vazquez can offer a lot of speed down the right wing, which is possibly why he has been coming on as a substitute very often this year in order to frustrate opponents who already have tired legs.

Forwards – 

Cristiano Ronaldo: A
Appearances = 29
Minutes Played = 2,544
Goals = 25
Assists = 6
Yellow Cards = 4
Red Cards = 0

Playing a lot less than he usually does in other seasons, Zidane’s rotation policy worked wonders for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward ended the season in magnificent form and has been able to help Real Madrid with their final push towards the La Liga title. He is still one of the best players in the world (if not the best) and there is no one that can do what he does on the pitch. What a year, what a player!

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Gareth Bale: C
Appearances = 17(2)
Minutes Played = 1,425
Goals = 7
Assists = 2
Yellow Cards = 3
Red Cards = 1

Plagued by injuries throughout most of the season, this was in no way one to remember for Gareth Bale. When he was fit, he was an perfect asset to the squad but when he wasn’t, it was extremely clear to see. The Welshman will need to work on the problems he has in order to come back strong next year and help Los Blancos win more titles. He may be able to make it by the time the UEFA Champions League Final is played on June 3 but it’s a race against time just like Daniel Carvajal.

Alvaro Morata: B
Appearances = 14(12)
Minutes Played = 1,334
Goals = 15
Assists = 4
Yellow Cards = 8
Red Cards = 0

Alvaro Morata was treated more like a super-sub for Karim Benzema and has been able to come out with the goods when called upon. He has been able to impress throughout the season but never enough to convince Zinedine Zidane that he deserves to be a starter ahead of a struggling Karim Benzema. Even though many would love to see him in the squad next season, I personally doubt that he will be staying.

Karim Benzema: B-
Appearances = 23(6)
Minutes Played = 1,914
Goals Scored = 11
Assists = 5
Yellow Cards = 0
Red Cards = 0

Karim Benzema had a very confusing season as he started well but then found himself going through a massive rough patch where people started calling for him to be benched for Alvaro Morata. The French forward continued struggling but was able to end the season on a high-note after his brilliant skill against Atletico Madrid seemed to have gotten his ego up once again. He’s still a long way from the Benzema that started the season but he’s on the way at least!

Mariano Diaz: B
Appearances = 0(8)
Minutes Played = 115
Goals Scored = 1
Assists = 1
Yellow Cards = 0
Red Cards = 0

Mariano Diaz was the third choice forward and had a few opportunities coming off as a substitute but his hunger for goal is something we do not see with our other players. Even though this article is “La Liga Ratings”, in this case it’s also important to mention that he scored four goals in the Copa del Rey and his performances with Real Madrid Castilla have been great! He scored one goal in La Liga which helped Real Madrid get points against Deportivo La Coruna earlier in the season. A good debut season for the youngster.

Zinedine Zidane: A

A great full season for Zinedine Zidane as he would probably be on cloud nine right now! He has been able to organize his squad magnificently well and has done things with this team that many great managers before him have continuously failed to do. The French manager deserves a lot of credit for his work and we should consider ourselves extremely lucky to be able to have him as our coach.

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