SEVILLE, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 26: Luka Modric of Real Madrid CF looks on during the La Liga match between Sevilla FC and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on September 26, 2018 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

There is a very embarrassing statistic that describes the moment Real Madrid is going through right now perfectly, The Best awards always affect them.

Real Madrid just lost painfully at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium this Wednesday in La Liga, just a few days before a crucial Madrid Derby and just days after FIFA’s The Best gala. There is a clear pattern that emerged right after we realized that Los Blancos were going to lose this match, something that keeps happening after every single award show from FIFA and something that really affects the club’s performance in the domestic competition. Turns out that Real Madrid has always lost the very next match after the award ceremony in the last three years, this 3-0 at Sevilla is the third consecutive defeat that Los Blancos suffer due to a severe lack of interest that the squad shows when they know that they have dominated the world of football during these recognitions. But this can also become a double edge sword for Real Madrid, because one of the last two defeats they suffered, has resulted in the squad completely tossing La Liga aside and not being able to recover from the disadvantage they get after this loss. The general feeling after this result at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium is that Real Madrid can get at least four goals against Atletico Madrid and they will lose the match at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The first time this award season affected Real Madrid was back in the 2016-2017 season, when Los Blancos did win the Champions League and La Liga. The awards from FIFA had just been separated from France Football’s Ballon d’Or again and they were still deciding on the proper date for it, this was the last year in which the prize would be given after the natural year was finished. Cristiano Ronaldo won The Best award for the very first time in history during that month of January 2017, only to lose their very next La Liga match that season against Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first goal from the spot during that match, Sergio Ramos scored an own goal in his former club’s favor, and Stevan Jovetic finally scored the winning goal during injury time for Sevilla’s final victory and made Real Madrid suffer the virus that FIFA’s The Best award ceremony brought to all the players. That defeat was good for very little that year because Los Blancos did win their 33rd La Liga trophy that season, along with their 12th UEFA Champions League in history under the tutelage of Zinedine Zidane. But they weren’t going to be as lucky in the following season.

Just a few months passed in the same year for Real Madrid, FIFA decided to organize that new award ceremony at the beginning of the new season and they did it in October of that same year. Cristiano Ronaldo was again The Best for the second consecutive year, but this virus was getting serious and Los Blancos lost 2-1 at Girona just six days after the gala. Stuani and Portu turned around a game in which Isco scored the opening goal the Montilivi Stadium in Girona, this defeat paved the way for Real Madrid’s ghastly start of La Liga season that ended up with Los Blancos throwing it away very early in the competition. FC Barcelona won the competition that year, but Real Madrid got the consolation prize by lifting their 13th straight Champions League trophy. This year appears to be even more complicated for Real Madrid, because out of the three high profile matches they have played this far against Atletico Madrid in the European Supercup, Athletic Bilbao in San Mames, and this Wednesday in Sevilla, they haven’t been able to win a single one. Next weekend seems to be even harder for them, because losing at the Santiago Bernabeu against the Colchoneros would really put the club on alert mode.

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