What Nacho is losing by leaving Real Madrid

What Nacho is losing by leaving Real Madrid
What Nacho is losing by leaving Real Madrid

Nacho has decided leave Real Madrid. The central defender ends a career in white that began in 2001, when he joined the Alevín A, and that made him go through the entire youth structure to make his debut with the white club in 2011in Mestalla against Valencia, to become part of the first team starting in July 2012. There have been 12 seasons wearing the first team shirt, all of them marked by the difficulties in imposing himself and playing minutes, although his versatility (he has played in all four defensive positions) and his professionalism have allowed him to end up playing practically every year. In the latter, in which he was first captain, he ended up starting in the Champions League final due to Militao’s injuries. (he recovered in time for Wembley, but without rhythm) and Alaba. In London he raised the 15th to the sky and then decided to end his time in white.

A decision that will make you miss out on several things. The first, the most obvious: continue playing with Real Madrid. And it is no small thing with this upcoming 2024-25 season in which Madrid is going to play nothing less than a ‘sevent’, since there are seven titles that Ancelotti’s team can win (Champions, League, Cup, Super Cup Spain, European Super Cup, Intercontinental and Club World Cup). It would have to be very bad for Madrid not to win a trophy this season and it won’t be Nacho because of his decision to leave. It will also be a season in which rotation will be much more necessary, as it can consist of up to 70 games for Madrid, due to the inclusion of the 32-team Club World Cup in June. If he stays, the minutes would have come more easily, although Nacho leaves among other things because he knows that with Militao, Rüdiger and Alaba healthy, he is the fourth in a race of four (although it remains to be seen in what state he returns the Austrian, who is still recovering from a broken cruciate).

Modric, only before the titles

Another issue is that of titles. As he leaves, it will not be him who lifts them up, but Luka Modric, who does continue one more campaign. At the moment, both are tied as the players with the most titles won with the Madrid shirt, with 26, since both joined the white team in that summer of 2012. Thus, the Croatian will surely expand his tally of trophies with Madrid, as well as those who are behind on the list such as Carvajal (25) or Lucas Vázquez (21) . Kroos (23) will not increase his account either for the same reason as Nacho, although in his case he has decided to retire from football.



And finally, he will miss the opportunity to climb places in the historical counter of matches with the Madrid shirt, a list in which he already occupies a fairly high position, but in which he could give a good rise in the next campaign, with so many games in a very busy calendar. At this moment, with 364 games played, Nacho is 31st on the white all-time list. In the last three seasons he has not dropped below 42 gamesso it seems feasible to think that, if he stayed, he would have surpassed Velázquez, who closes the top-25 with 402 duels.

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