Real Madrid is one of the most popular clubs in the World. That brings its own set of expectations. And like any other thing in life, the law of averages is bound to catch up, anybody can have a bad day. But when you’re under the microscope as Real Madrid are, every wrong move is criticized. We take a look at the Top 10 defeats of Los Blancos over the years.
10. Real Madrid 0 – 3 FC Barcelona, 2017-18 La Liga
To lose a Classico is bad enough, to lose it at home and to lose to table toppers to trail by 14 points is the nadir.
9. Borussia Dortmund 4 – 1 Real Madrid, 2012-13 UEFA Champions League Semifinal
Dortmund ran riot at the Signal Iduna Park, as Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid conceded four times to a certain Robert Lewandowski who was ably assisted by Marco Reus, Mario Goetze, and Ilkay Gundogan.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s consolation goal hardly made any difference as Dortmund went through to the Final.
8. Celta de Vigo 2 – 0 Real Madrid, 2013-14 La Liga
A Charles brace away at Vigo meant Madrid lost significant ground in the title race against Atletico Madrid.
The Rojiblancos ultimately went on to win the La Liga at Camp Nou, the first team to do so at the venue apart from Barcelona. It could’ve been a different story had Real turned up at Vigo.
7. FC Barcelona 3 – 2 Real Madrid, 2011-12 Super Copa de Espana
Real missed out on La Liga the previous season by 4 points and in this curtain raiser, it was all goals and brawls as Barca and Real squared off at Camp Nou after the first leg at Santiago Bernabeu ended in a stalemate.
Messi’s late goal secured the victory at Camp Nou, but the antics of the Madrid players and manager Jose Mourinho was highly unethical.
6. FC Barcelona 5 – 0 Real Madrid, 2010-11 La Liga
Barca pumped 5 past Real at Camp Nou as Xavi, David Villa, Messi and Puyol got on the scoresheet to give Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid a bitter thrashing.
The game was fought intensely without the ball as Barca and Real players got into arguments and fights, an utter mess where Real truly came out second.
5. FC Barcelona 2 – 1 Real Madrid, 1960 European Cup Final
Since its inception in 1955, Real Madrid had won every single version of the European Cup until they were drawn against arch-rivals Barcelona in the Final of the 1960 edition.
The Blaugrana held Real 2-2 at the Bernabeu before settling their case with a 2-1 victory at Camp Nou. Puskas and Di Stefano’s strike partnership was rendered ineffective as Barca marched to European glory.
4. Real Madrid 0 – 2 Odense Bolklub, 1994-95 UEFA Cup
One of the smallest clubs to have ever played in the UEFA Cup, Odense stunned the World with their performance at the Santiago Bernabeu against Los Blancos, the most successful club in European competitions.
They ran out 2-0 winners on the night, against a star studded Real team that boasted the likes of Raul and Parol among others.
3. Alcorcon 4 – 0 Real Madrid, 2010-11 Copa del Rey
A Segunda Division B club based out of the suburbs of Madrid, Alcorcon smashed 4 goals past Real Madrid coached by Manuel Pellegrini, to give rise to a term popularly called as ‘Alcorcon’.
Real Madrid boasted the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Kaka, Marcelo and Karim Benzema in their line-up yet had no answer for the minnows who outplayed them on the day.
2. Real Madrid 1 – 4 Ajax, 2018-19 UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal 2nd Leg
Eric ten Hag’s Ajax were running riot in Europe, scoring at will and entertaining all with their free flowing football. They would eventually go on to eliminate Italian giants Juve as well.
However, on a forgettable night at the Santiago Bernabeu, Ajax put 4 past a Ramos-less Real to ditch them out of the competition.
1. FC Barcelona 5 – 1 Real Madrid, 2018-19 La Liga
Another five star showing from Barcelona against their bitter rivals at the Camp Nou as a Messi-less Barcelona scored 5 past Real again, with Suarez stealing the show.
New signing Philippe Coutinho also got on the scoresheet but in the end, Real had no answer to Ernesto Valverde’s side who registered yet another thumping victory over Real.